A film by Jia Zhang-keDESCRIPTION
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 Ã‚Â– some real, some played by actors (including Joan Chen) Ã‚Â– into a vivid portrait of the human struggle behind ChinaÃ‚Â’s economic miracle. SPECIAL FEATURES·
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)·
5.1 Soundtrack· Chinese Displacements
, an essay by film critic Jonathan RosenbaumFESTIVALS & AWARDS
* Official Selection, Cannes Film Festival, 2008
* Official Selection, Toronto Film Festival, 2008
* Official Selection, New York Film Festival, 2008 DVD INFO
China / 2008 / 106 minutes / 1.85:1
Chinese with English Subtitles / Not RatedREVIEWS
"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