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The World (2005)

The World



Critic Consensus: Though perhaps too slowly paced and long, The World offers an intriguing glimpse into China's modernization and the growing ennui of some of its people.

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A young dancer, her security-guard boyfriend and others work at World Park, a bizarre cross-pollination of Las Vegas and Epcot Center where visitors can interact with famous international monuments without ever leaving the Bejing suburbs. Daily lavish shows are performed amongst replicas of the Taj Mahal, the Eiffel Tower, St. Mark's Square, Big Ben, the Pyramids and even the Twin Towers. But working beyond the kitsch potential, 'The World' casts a compassionate eye on the daily loves, friendships and desperate dreams of these provincial workers.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Zhangke Jia
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 14, 2006
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Taisheng Chen
as Taisheng
Jue Jing
as Xiaowei
Jing Dong Liang
as Tao's Ex-Boyfriend
Shuai Ji
as Erxiao
Xiang Wan
as Youyou
Liu Juan
as Yanqing
Juan Iu
as Yanqing
Xiaodong Liu
as Karaoke singer
Xiaoshuai Wang
as Businessman
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Critic Reviews for The World

All Critics (48) | Top Critics (21)

A tonally flat experience. The movie's highs and lows are modulated to the point where nothing moves you or touches you in these lives of not-desperate-enough desperation.

Full Review… | October 14, 2005
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

It's a heartbreaking, beautiful movie that gains strength from its deep characterizations.

Full Review… | September 16, 2005
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Its rewards come with patience and concentration.

Full Review… | September 9, 2005
Seattle Times
Top Critic

It has a romantic power that seeps into your bones, with its languid rhythms, general plotlessness, and fierce attention to surreal detail.

Full Review… | August 26, 2005
Boston Globe
Top Critic

The World has a lot to say and is not in any unholy rush to say it.

Full Review… | August 18, 2005
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Jia's most extraordinary mapping isn't of an external landscape, but an emotional one. Without ever leaving Beijing, he shows us an entire universe of human joy, frailty and sorrow.

Full Review… | August 18, 2005
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The World

a unique vision of 'the world' as a theme park in beijing and the mundane lives of the workers there. a gorgeous looking film with surprise animated sequences

Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer


Definitely worth watching for its' absolutely stunning cinematography. The film takes place almost entirely inside a 114-acre theme park, World Park, on the outskirts of Beijing. The park contains 1/3 scaled replicas of internationally renowned buildings and sites, including the Eiffel Tower, the Taj Mahal, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, London Bridge, etc.

A slow-paced melodrama of contemporary Chinese society, with something to say about the growing uniformity of our world.

El Hombre Invisible

Super Reviewer

An unfortunately average portrayal of how a culture interprets the rest of the world and adapts to it.

Edward Boxler

Super Reviewer

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