I would’ve thought it impossible that such a beautiful movie could be produced in such an inescapably tacky setting. But after all this is the work of perhaps the most important film maker of China’s “sixth generation”, Jia Zhang-ke. Jia released his Cultural Revolution masterpiece Platform in 2000, and with the contemporary The World he may even have outdone himself. In any case, the two movies stand as a magnificent, if sobering, portrait of modern China.
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