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- Gorgeous new 16:9 transfer, created from hi-def elements
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- Production notes by director Jia Zhangke
- Character sketches and an essay on the real World Park
Top Customer Reviews
I thoroughly enjoyed this film - & yes, I wasn't actually expecting to. In fact I bought it more than a month ago & kept making up excuses not to watch it. Imagine my surprise when I found myself intrigued by some of the relationships in the film. Tao's boyfriend who mysteriously returns at the beginning of the film then disappears for the duration. Or her strange relationship with the Russian woman Anna. Even more interesting was the relationship between Niu & Xiaowei - why did they end up getting married considering Niu's jealous behavior (he set himself on fire for godssake)? Who knows, but these details make for a supremely fascinating character study IMHO. Like real life, this film demonstrates that our relationships can be extremely complex & often unpredictable. We make friends with the most unlikely people in the bizarrest of situations - maybe we're lonely or just sense something of ourselves in them. We get involved with people we know will hurt us (over & over again). We often feel like we can't fully understand the person we're with & their motives...
Of course, The World's relationship angle is also used in a much broader sense: the employees of Beijing's amusement park & their relationship with China & in turn, China's relationship to the rest of the world. It seems to me that as China becomes more capitalistic this movie will gain in popularity with people who wish to understand these people better. Like most of us, they don't quite know where they fit in the world & although they work in a park that offers a scaled-down glimpse of the world outside Beijing, most of them will never get to see that world first hand.
For those who felt this deserved 2 stars or less I recommend the following: Cache, Raise The Red Lantern, Yi yi, anything by Kurosawa. oh sorry.. these aren't playing along with all the Adam Sandler films you wanted to see next to the Cold Stone Creamery and the ruby Tuesday you wanted to visit afterward???
WELL TOUGH!!!! you need a friggin education..
review below.. read it ... you might learn something.
How can you truly show disconnection. I think I have truly seen a master in action with Shijie, a film that takes place in a world theme park (this place does really exist) in China.
Zhang Ke Jia is a masterful director. His use of colour and character direction is unreal. One of the things he uses to great effect are arches and hallways. Characters appear in them, or look out of them in what is some of the most visual photography I have ever witnessed. There is also a great conversation scene between two characters who don't share the same language, and the use of reflected light that is truly remarkable, make sure to watch for this scene. But it doesn't end there.
Zhang also does something so miraculous that I thought would be impossible. He borrows heavily from Ozu, particularly a scene that is reminiscent of Tokyo Story and makes something that is uniquely his own.
The basic synopsis of "The World", is of the lives of the workers in the theme park.Read more ›
The director, Zhang Ke Jia, focuses on a number of younger people (in their 20s) who work at World Park, interleaving their lives with each other to ultimately present a vision of 21st century urban China. This has a markedly different feel and tone from his earlier Unknown Pleasures, set in a rural provincial area, and from my point of view, is all the better for that change of setting.
The underlying thematic feel of the film is the inevitability of ephemeral relationships given not so much the availability of current technologies like the cell phone, but more so the reliance on them and, maybe most importantly, the enormous degree to which people's psychologies have been changed by these technologies. In fact, this short-lived nature of relationships, indicates Zhang, is inextricably enmeshed in the existence of World Park itself. People want to see and hear the world, all of the world, as quickly as possible, and World Park gives them that opportunity, even if in a fake kind of way--just like cell phones give people the opportunity to connect to anyone anywhere at any time, just as the Internet itself does.
But it's this instant "connectability" that also fosters relationships that cannot last. Tao, the female lead and a dancer at the World Park, has a strong emotional connection with her boyfriend Taisheng, a security guard in the same place. But he cannot commit; he cheats on her; she finds out.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Zhao Tao plays a woman who works in a theme park in the Beijing suburbs. It is the world in microcosm. Read morePublished on August 2, 2013 by Amazon Customer
This is a great movie and one of this director's best. A real microcosm, this movie is about China, the world, the experiences of migrants, and life. Read morePublished on January 16, 2013 by TJOBUONO
You can get the blu-ray for 20 dollars including postage from amazon's uk site.
The DVD lists 143 minutes, so this is the longer international version. Read more
A look at the transformation of China to a capitalist system and its effects on the inhabitants of a theme park. I've seen this 3 or 4 times now, and never tire of it.Published on December 28, 2011 by Chocolatier
It is a movie about modern China where mosaic of characters' interactions has been assembled on a landscape of The World Park presenting iconic landscapes from around a globe.Published on November 21, 2011 by Michael Kerjman
This review is a correction that may help search engines.
The location of the movie is "Window of the World" park, in Shenzhen. Shenzhen is next to Hong Kong. Read more
Zhang Ke Jia's The World is a great location in search of a movie. Set in a Chinese theme park recreating the major cities of Europe dominated by a one-third scale replica of the... Read morePublished on August 24, 2008 by Trevor Willsmer
This film starts out with a great deal of gusto - unfortunately, too many underdeveloped characters are introduced into the story which makes it progressively slower and less... Read morePublished on July 7, 2008 by Kelley Hunt
This movie is set in a theme park in China, where some of the more famous monuments of the world (the Eiffel tower, the Statue of Liberty) are reproduced in a much reduced scale. Read morePublished on January 25, 2007 by Andres C. Salama