At the Beijing World Park which focuses on duplitecture, a couple faces relationship woes. Tao, a performer is dating a guard named Taisheng. After a string of miscommunication mishaps, the cracks in their relationship have begun to show. Despite that, the two try to salvage their relationship.
This week I discovered one of the most intriguing directors in recent years, Jia Zhangke. I was first introduced to him through his latest film, Mountains May Depart. It’s a fantastic film that delves into the effects of an ever-changing China since their economical boom. I highly recommend it.
With that being said, how is it that such a great director has gone under the radar for so long? Much of this can be attributed to China’s board of censorship. Many of Jia Zhang Ke films tackle issues like China’s growing conformity to Western society and chinese youth struggles. These controversial topics are often interpreted by the Communist party as propaganda that could undermine their rule. As such many of his films struggle to find its way out of the mainland. But if there is a will there is a way. Thanks to modern pirates and smugglers I managed to view this masterpiece.
The film mostly takes place in the Beijing World Park, where replicas of iconic buildings reside. Such a setting is symbolic of the Chinese population’s desire to see the outside world. The park acts as an answer for this search. There is a point in the film where a tour guide proclaims that even though the United States has lost their twin towers we still have ours. However as the film goes on you realize how empty these monuments are. Although they look the same, it has no where the same grandeur that the originals have.
Although there are many subplots within the movie, many of these points seem insignificant but rather used as a way to drive home a message. The repetitiveness of life and the hopelessness that comes with it. Even as the film progresses, these characters aren’t giving any semblance of escape from their predicament.
A deep meaning behind seemingly simple plot. Jia Zhangke continues to speak out against injustice through his movies. ?/10
*I don’t feel comfortable rating this film, Chinese Spies are everywhere.*
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