Manohla Dargis: Caged in a Beijing Theme Park, Yearning for Something More


From The New York Times:

Globalization and its discontents form the molten core of “The World,” the new from the prodigiously talented Chinese director Jia Zhangke. Set in a sprawling Disney-like entertainment park in a Beijing suburb, the film centers on a young female dancer, Tao (Zhao Tao), whose entire universe seems to begin and end at the complex. Along with her boyfriend, a security guard named Taisheng (Chen Taishen), Tao yearns for a better life but can barely articulate much less envision what a life beyond this peculiarly conceived simulacrum might look like.

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July 1, 2005 3:22 PM
Categories: Culture & the Arts