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Façades: The New Beijing and the Unsettled Ecology of Jia Zhangke’s <i>The World</i>

Jerome Silbergeld

in Chinese Ecocinema

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9789622090866
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882206724 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789622090866.003.0007
Façades: The New Beijing and the Unsettled Ecology of Jia Zhangke’s The World

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This chapter focuses on The World (2004) a film by Jia Zhangke. The film title refers to World Park, a theme park in Beijing that is a simulacrum of landmarks from around the world. The park offers those Chinese who do not have the means to travel around the world a vicarious opportunity to trot the globe in what is ironically called the present “age of globalization.” This chapter describes the ironies of the film and contemporary Chinese society at large, and points out previous examples of the replication of architecture in China's long imperial history.

Keywords: The World; Jia Zhangke; World Park; Beijing; globalization; architecture

Chapter.  5534 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Film

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