The World, the Chinese Struggle

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.

What is this in my hand? I’m confused

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.

Jia Zhangke

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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4 Replies to “The World, the Chinese Struggle”

  1. Hey Sean! I must say that over the weeks of viewing many different blog posts, I enjoy not just your ratings for the films, but also the pokemon gifs you add haha. I am quite curious what rating you would give to this film too. Overall, this film gave audiences a much deeper look into the daily lives of everyday folk in China. It was very much different from the previous films we watched from China which totally isolated the political and economic aspects of China. The film dived into the problems and hopelessness of people when they are stuck in an endless cycle.
    Great post!


  2. This film definitely conveyed the Chinese struggle. It is quite sad to see that directors are being restricted with their artistic freedom of expression but perhaps this also forces them to convey their messages in an even more creative manner. I particularly liked how you described the insignificance of the many subplots to symobolize the general message of repetitiveness and hopelessness in the film – refreshing insight! I also agree with how the Beijing World Park displayed a deeper meaning of sentiment the Chinese people had towards the ‘outside’ world. There were times in the film where I felt like they were oblivious to the things that happened outside China – like in the scene about the Twin Towers, but at the end of the film I realized that more often than not, they had no choice but to see China as their world.


  3. Gosh the pikachus in every post of yours I WANT TO PINCH THEM. Back to The world. You are one of the very few classmates who liked the style of his films. We do still see a little of happiness in this depressing film. When Tao’s friend got married even after a huge fight with her boyfriend. Yes it was miscommunications that caused the fight but I felt the boyfriend displayed traits like the Chinese government, controlling and distrustful. Could the marriage be representing patriotism even with this communism ruling? I don’t know. I recommend 24 city if you like Jia Zhangke’s film!


  4. Hey, dude. I’m running out of patience with Jia Zhang Ke man. Anyway, I am also curious to know what will be your rating to this film as you’re one to rate things everywhere you wrote on. The only good takeaway I had from this film is the highlighting of plights for the lower-class Chinese citizens that we all see in the film. Its like not we could do anything much for them but its good to see a film director championing for their plight.


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