A film by Jia Zhang-ke
A masterful film from Jia Zhang-ke, the renowned director of Still Life
and The World
, 24 City
chronicles the dramatic closing of a once-prosperous state-owned aeronautics factory in Chengdu, a city in Southwest China, and its conversion into a sprawling luxury apartment complex. Bursting with poetry, pop songs and striking visual detail, the film weaves together unforgettable stories from three generations of workers – some real, some played by actors (including Joan Chen) – into a vivid portrait of the human struggle behind China’s economic miracle.
Mastered from original HD Source Material
· Cry Me A River
(20 minutes, a short film by Jia Zhang-ke
Film critic Scott Foundas interviews Jia Zhang-ke (46 minutes)
· Chinese Displacements
, an essay by film critic Jonathan Rosenbaum
FESTIVALS & AWARDS
* Official Selection, Cannes Film Festival, 2008
* Official Selection, Toronto Film Festival, 2008
* Official Selection, New York Film Festival, 2008
China / 2008 / 106 minutes / 1.85:1
Chinese with English Subtitles / Not Rated
"One of the most original filmmakers working today."
- Manohla Dargis, The New York Times
"An ingenious blend of documentary and fiction, as well as a meditation on history and its effacement in contemporary China."
- Richard Brody, New Yorker
"One of the world's preeminent filmmakers. A masterful and moving portrait."
- J. Hoberman, The Village Voice
"A vivid portrait of China devastated by commercial "progress."
- Jeff Shannon, Seattle Times
"One of the most interesting filmmakers working anywhere in the world."
Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"A quiet, beautifully rendered look at a landscape and culture in flux."
- G. Allen Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle
"The planet's most excitingly original filmmaker."
- Scott Foundas, LA Weekly
"A virtuoso look at Jia Zhangke's rapidly modernizing homeland, capturing huge changes both economical and psychological."
- Mark Jenkins, NPR
V.A. Musetto, New York Post