Official Selection of the 2008 Cannes Film Festival.
A masterful film from Jia Zhangke, the renowned director of STILL LIFE, 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.
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Perhaps a bit slow paced for main stream audiences, but an incredibly insightful view into China by someone who is obviously a mature, gifted, and intelligent filmmaker. The weaving together of documentary and acting was both thought provoking and impactful. Also inspiring is the photographer's eye and the lighting. A beautiful, insightful film that I'm very glad to have watched.