The World

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  • Summary: Acclaimed Chinese director Jia Zhangke casts a compassionate eye on the daily loves, friendships and desperate dreams of the twenty-somethings from China’s remote Provinces who come to live and work at Beijing’s World Park. (Zeitgeist Films)

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. This is a brilliant, if challenging, film.
  2. The title of Jia Zhang-ke's 2004 masterpiece, The World -- a film that's hilarious and upsetting, epic and dystopian -- is an ironic pun and a metaphor.
  3. With rich irony, The World juxtaposes the teasing, grand images of the outside world's wonders with the insular community and the mundane lives of the park employees.
  4. 80
    On a first viewing, the movie seemed a dilution of the formal strategies Jia had perfected-at once less dispassionate and less empathetic. After a repeat viewing, it still strikes me as Jia's fourth-best film (that it's one of the year's best says plenty about the level at which he's working), but it's more apparent that The Worl d's muffled emotional impact should be understood as a function of its setting.
  5. 80
    If a movie can be stark and rapturous at the same time, this is that movie.
  6. 75
    The movie is long and slow. Either you will fall into its rhythm, or you will grow restless.
  7. Reviewed by: Stina Chyn
    50
    One of the oddest and surely the longest cinematic experiences you may ever encounter.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Aug 26, 2010
    10
    Jia Zhangke's tale of an ensemble of characters working at a theme park in Beijing (supposedly meant to capture the entire world within itsJia Zhangke's tale of an ensemble of characters working at a theme park in Beijing (supposedly meant to capture the entire world within its walls) is rife with symbolism and cultural significance, but it works best as a beautiful and arresting drama. Definitely one of the best films to come out of China in the past 10 years by one of the most talented rising directors. Collapse
  2. ZivS
    May 15, 2006
    9
    Behind the scenes look at the lives of 20-30 year olds in China all taking place inside a giant theme park. That was enough to get me to Behind the scenes look at the lives of 20-30 year olds in China all taking place inside a giant theme park. That was enough to get me to watch, and I'm glad I did. Expand

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