The World (2005)


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.


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Critic Reviews for The World

All Critics (44) | Top Critics (18)

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.

Oct 14, 2005 | Rating: 3/5

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

Sep 16, 2005 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Its rewards come with patience and concentration.

Sep 9, 2005 | Rating: 3/4

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

Aug 26, 2005 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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

Aug 18, 2005 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

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.

Aug 18, 2005 | Full Review…

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
Stella Dallas

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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. Photobucket

El Hombre Invisible
El Hombre Invisible

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A very dull and boring movie. I know it is supposed to show the bleakness of contemporary urban Chinese live in an oppositional context to the "World" (which is a large Disney Worldesque theme park). But personally, I think it utterly fills. There are many moments of silence, but they are not filled with despair or sadness but are just empty. One should not mistake silence and lowkey direction for deepness. There are many movies succesfully portraying dystopian societies (think Shane Meadows, De Sica etc.), but this is not one of them. Stay away.

Henrik Schunk
Henrik Schunk

Super Reviewer

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

Edward Boxler
Edward Boxler

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