At the Beijing World Park, a theme park that displays small versions of famous world monuments, one of the performers, Tao (Zhao Tao), is dating a guard named Taisheng (Taisheng Chen). However, they have a difficult bond, full of jealousy and miscommunication. While Tao forms friendships with other performers, Taisheng develops a fascination with Qun (Yi-qun Wang), a woman trying to join her husband in France. Despite their differences, Tao and Taisheng attempt to continue their relationship.
“The World takes great aesthetic and political risks, extending in every way Jia’s formal methods and thematic preoccupations, and offers his most devastating critique yet of China’s rush to erect a shining facsimile of civilization over the broken hopes of a generation.”
Jia Zhangke is “one of the most important filmmakers in the world today.” — NPR