|World DVD (2004) |
Adam film THE WORLD is writer-director Jia Zhang Ke's first "above ground" film, made with the cooperation of China's film bureau, following his previous trio of well-regarded independent works (PICKPOCKET, PLATFORM, and UNKNOWN PLEASURES), which were all banned in his native country. Moving the setting from the northern provinces where he grew up to the big city of Beijing, Jia tells the story of people who come to the Chinese capital searching for a better life--but they don't always find it. Zhao Tao stars as Tao, a young woman who works at the World Park, a real theme park made up of small recreations of major world cities and landmarks, including New York, Paris, Tokyo, and London, featuring the Egyptian Pyramids, Big Ben, Stonehenge, the World Trade Center, and, especially, the Eiffel Tower, where many scenes take place. Tao wears flashy costumes when dancing in front of ...