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Old 08-30-2010, 08:32 AM   #1
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Interference Movie Club - Round 6 - "The World"

The World

Directed by Jia Zhang Ke, 2004

Suggested by Lance - Monday, August 30

Discussion begins Monday, September 6


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Director Zhang Ke Jia's first big-budget feature revolves around the tumultuous love affair between two workers at a Chinese theme park -- Tao (Tao Zhao), a dancer who performs extravagant shows, and Taisheng (Taisheng Chen), a patrol officer who can't stay true to her. Through their story, the audience gets an inside look at the heartbreaking lives of the poor men and women who rely on this example of consumerism to eke out a living.
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Bringing the World to the Nation: Jia Zhang Ke and the Legitimation of Chinese Underground Film













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Old 08-30-2010, 08:35 AM   #2
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Available on netflix Instant Watch, so easy to access. I've put off watching this one in particular because I've been waiting to use it here for the movie club. Should be a good pick, I hope. Jia's really one of world cinema's finest contemporary filmmakers, and arguably the very best in mainland China. He has a few other films on Instant Watch as well, 24 City being the finest of those rest. Still Life is the best I've seen from him so far though, readily available through DVD. Masterpiece. I should get around to watching his latest film this week as well that premiered out of competition at Cannes this year I believe.
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Old 08-30-2010, 10:42 AM   #3
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Interesting pick, and one which I'm surprised you haven't seen. Sadly, though, this was one of my biggest disappointments of the decade. But I haven't watched it in years, so I dunno. Not a bad filmmaker, obviously. This just wasn't my favorite movie. A sometimes very beautiful film without much of anything to say, I thought. Sort of like a Bergman circus movie for restrained, '00s, Chinese, not really underground cinema, or something.

Featuring a distant cameo by "Jimmy Jimmy Jimmy Aaja," later reworked into a non-smash hit by everybody's favorite jackass, M.I.A.! Weird, wild stuff.

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Surprised myself I haven't seen it yet, especially considering I've seen most of his other work. But it came into my mind around the time we started this thing, so it felt like a good fit.

Well anyway, I hope you at least find revisiting it worthwhile, even if you still aren't fond of it. It should be good to have at least one informed dissenting opinion in the discussion.
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Hell yeah. I hope you dig it. Mostly curious to hear what more casual viewers think, though. It's not exactly Taste of Cherry, or whatever, but it's hardly a classical narrative.
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Should be interesting, provided anybody actually participates this round. Funny how hostile the response to something even like the Dardenne film was in the second round.
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Ayup, I've got it at the top of my Netflix queue.
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Cori, reliable as always with the disc-based media no less.
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I'm all old school and junk!

It's dependent upon me actually watching one of the other discs I have at home so I can return it and get the new one. Although I would be willing to watch it online as alast resort if it comes to that, because I don't really feel like watching the ones I have on top of my TV!
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Could always return one without watching it! I know I've done that when I've received something in the mail from them and realized I'm not really in the mood for it now anyway.
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Every time I think about doing that, I can't bring myself to do it and will just let it sit until I'm ready to watch it.

...... I do realize I have issues.
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I'm excited for this.
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I'm excited for this.
Good.

Now go back and talk about your Bog film, jackass.
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Check that shit out, son.

I was having a conversation with a friend the other day about our lack of knowledge of Chinese cinema outside of John Woo and stuff with Chow-Yun Fat. Good timing!
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Check that shit out, son.

I was having a conversation with a friend the other day about our lack of knowledge of Chinese cinema outside of John Woo and stuff with Chow-Yun Fat. Good timing!
Well, swell. Jia is a good place to start, at least for contemporary mainland stuff. I was thinking about going with some Hou Hsiao Hsien too, Taiwanese though. But the Jia was easier for people to access then most of the old Hou stuff that I haven't seen yet. What does that matter, why am I talking?
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