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- Movie: The World
- Chinese: Shijie / 世界
- Director: Jia Zhangke
- Writer: Jia Zhangke
- Release Date: March 18, 2005
- Runtime: 140 min.
- Language: Mandarin
- Country: China
Tao is living out her dreams at World Park where visitors can see famous international
monuments without ever leaving the Beijing suburbs. The pretty young dancer and her
friends perform daily in lavish theme park shows among replicas of the Taj Mahal, the
Eiffel Tower, St Mark's Square, Big Ben and the Pyramids.
Tao and her boyfriend, security guard Taisheng, moved to the big city from the northern
provinces a few years ago. Now their relationship has reached a crossroads. Taisheng
becomes attracted to Qun, a fashion designer he meets on a trip back home.
Tao's fellow dancers are on sentimental journeys of their own. Xiaowei questions her
future with irresponsible boyfriend Niu. Meanwhile, Youyou uses romance to the
advantage of her professional ambitions.
Not everyone who comes to Beijing with high hopes can land a job where SMS games
are accepted parts of daily life. Many, like manual laborer Erxiao, experience a much
But, despite the fun and magic, even theme park microcosms are vulnerable to
change. For Tao and those around her, there will be marriage and break-up, loyalty and
infidelity, joy and tragedy.
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