• The World (1991)

The World

Release Date: January 3rd, 1991

Not Yet Rated |2 hr 20 min

Plot Summary

At the Beijing World Park, a theme park that displays small versions of famous world monuments, one of the performers, Tao (Zhao Tao), is dating a guard named Taisheng (Taisheng Chen). However, they have a difficult bond, full of jealousy and miscommunication. While Tao forms friendships with other performers, Taisheng develops a fascination with Qun (Yi-qun Wang), a woman trying to join her husband in France. Despite their differences, Tao and Taisheng attempt to continue their relationship.

Cast: Tao Zhao, Taisheng Chen, Jing Jue, Xiang Wan, Liu Juan, Zhong-wei Jiang, Yi-qun Wang

Director: ZhangKe Jia

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Office Kitano

Distributors: Zeitgeist Films

Keywords: Offbeat, Emotional, Fascinating, 2000s, Relationships, Friend, Love

Ratings & Reviews

  • 70
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    It's a fine film, full of small epiphanies.

  • 100
    Michael WilmingtonChicago Tribune

    With rich irony, The World juxtaposes the teasing, grand images of the outside world's wonders with the insular community and the mundane lives of the park employees. show more

  • 80
    The Hollywood Reporter

    It's a splendid microcosm of contemporary China's aspirations and shortcomings. show more

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