The World

(Japan/China/France, 2004, 140 minutes)

A young provincial Chinese couple working at a Beijing theme park where she’s a dancer and he’s a security guard find themselves drifting apart. Attentive, patient melodrama of contemporary Chinese society, with something to say about the growing uniformity of our world; it takes its time to unfold its many pleasures, as the arresting visuals (shot on high-definition digital video) are only the tip of the iceberg.

An Office Kitano/Xstream Pictures/Lumen Films presentation/production, in association with Bandai Visual, Tokyo FM, Dentsu, TV Asahi, Bitters End, Shanghai Film Studio and China Film Coproduction Corporation, with the financial support of Fonds Sud Cinéma. Starring Zhao Tao, Cheng Tai Shen, Wang Hong Wei, Huang Yi Qun, Jiang Zhong Wei, Ji Shuai, Liu Juan, Jing Jue, Xiang Wan, Liang Jing Dong, Bi Feng Fei, Alla Chtcherbakova, Andrey Shcherbakov. Directed and written by Jia Zhang Ke; produced by Takio Yoshida, Shozo Ichiyama, Ren Zhong Lun; music by Lim Giong; director of photography, Yu Lik Wai; art director, Wu Li Zhong; wardrobe, Ma Yu Tao; film editor, Kong Jin Lei.


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