The World
The World

The World

Director Jia Zhangke

Production year 2004

Length 135min.

Country China


The film casts a compassionate eye on the daily loves, friendships and desperate dreams of the twenty-somethings from China’s remote Provinces who come to live and work at Beijing’s World Park. A bizarre cross-cultural pollination of Las Vegas and Epcot Center, World Park features lavish shows performed amid scaled-down replicas of the Taj Mahal, the Eiffel Tower, St. Mark’s Square, the Pyramids and even the Twin Towers.


Lotus, Best Screenplay | Deauville Asian FF, France, 2005

Golden Lady Harimaguada | Las Palmas FF, Spain, 2005

Critics Award, International Jury Award | São Paulo IFF, Brazil, 2005

TFCA Award, Best Foreign-Language Film | Toronto Film Critics Association Awards, Canada, 2005

Grand Prize of the International Jury | Vesoul Asian FF, France, 2005


Jia Zhangke
Jia Zhangke



Chow Keung, Ichiyama Shozo, Hengameh Panahi, Takio Yoshida, Zhong-lun Ren


Jia Zhangke

Director of Photography

Yu Lik-wai

Production designer

Li-zhong Wu

Music by

Giong Lim


Laurent Bailly, Si Guo Li, Yang Zhang


Jing Lei Kong


Zhao Tao, Chen Taisheng, Jue Jing, Zhong-wei Jiang

Production company(ies)

Xstream Pictures Office Kitano Lumen Films Bandai Visual Company

Jia Zhangke

Born 1970, Fengyang, China) Zhangke studied painting, developed an interest in fiction, and in 1995 founded the Youth Experimental Film Group, for which he directed two award-winning videos. He graduated in 1997 from the Beijing Film Academy, and his first feature, Pickpocket (1997) was very successful at the Berlin, Nantes and Vancouver festivals. The following films Platform and Unknown Pleasures were selected in competition respectively at Venice and Cannes. He established Xstream Pictures in 2003 in order to promote young talented directors from all over China. His Still Life received the Golden Lion Award at the Venice Film Festival 2006.


One Day in Beijing (1994, short), Xiaoshan Going Home (1995, short), Du Du (1996, short), Pickpocket (1997), Platform (2000), In Public (2001, short), The Condition of Dogs (2001, short), Unknown Pleasures (2002), The World (2004), Dong (2006, doc.), Still Life (2006), Our Ten Years (2007, short), Useless (2007, doc.) Stories on Human Rights (2008, segment Black Breakfast), 24 City (2008), Cry Me a River (2008, short), I Wish I Knew (2010, doc.), Yulu (2011, doc.), A Touch of Sin (2013).

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