THE WORLD Add To My Top 10

Slow Trip to Nowhere

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Release Date: July 01, 2005

Starring: Zhao Tao, Chen Taishen, Jing Jue, Jiang Zhongwei, and Huang Yiquin

Genre: Drama

Audience: Older teenagers and adults

Rating: NR

Runtime: 139 minutes

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Content:

(PaPa, B, Co, Acap, L, V, S, A, D, M) Varied spiritual content suggesting life after death but not much more, set in a Communist society where money seems to reign, which seems to criticize the capitalist direction the country has taken; one obscenity; woman has bruises on back, couple dies from gas asphyxiation and attempted rape; very mild foreplay, kissing, attempted rape (but mild), couple after sex with no nudity, adulterous desires, and prostitution; no nudity but provocative clothes and nude mannequins; alcohol and cigarettes; and, graft, corruption and women sold into prostitution.

Summary:

THE WORLD is a Chinese movie set in an amusement park in Peking, where the leading monuments and tourist meccas of the world are recreated. The story, about the relationship between a dancer and a security guard, is extremely slow, but visually rich, and contains some sexual elements, varied spiritual content and is set in a Communist society where money seems to reign.

Review:

THE WORLD is set in an amusement park in Peking, where the leading monuments and tourist meccas of the world are recreated. This World Park is like Epcot Center and Las Vegas, with the Eiffel Tower, the New York Skyline, the Great Pyramid, the Arc de Triumphe, the Taj Mahal, and other tourist spots recreated, usually on a smaller scale. Tao is a young dancer who works at The World Park. She comes out with other dancers in Las Vegas type costumes representative of different countries. After performing in the really big show, she takes the little tram to each country to perform.

Tao is dating a security guard named Taisheng, who has more ambition than Tao. Taisheng is running favors for a loan shark. Some of the female dancers at the park are also call girls and prostitutes for wealthy Chinese businessmen. The audience watches four Russian women hand their passports to their male pimp and get indoctrinated into the ways of The World Park.

Taisheng wants to have sex with Tao but she refuses. Then, he starts to show interest in a married woman whose husband escaped to France. Tao tries to win him back through sex.

This movie is slow but visually rich. Each shot has layers of meaning. However, the slow pace and the tragic ending will not endear this Chinese movie to a large American audience. As it is, THE WORLD is an interesting curiosity that will quickly pass from the theatrical scene. THE WORLD also contains some sexual elements, varied spiritual content and is set in a Communist society where money seems to reign.

In Brief:

THE WORLD is a Chinese movie set in an amusement park in Peking, where the leading monuments and tourist meccas of the world are recreated. Tao is a young dancer who works at The World Park. Tao is dating a security guard named Taisheng, who runs favors for a loan shark. Some of the park's female dancers are call girls and prostitutes for wealthy Chinese businessmen. The audience watches four Russian women hand their passports to their male pimp and get indoctrinated into the illicit ways of The World Park. Taisheng wants to have sex with Tao but she refuses. Then, when he starts to show interest in a married woman whose husband escaped to France, Tao tries to win him back through sex.

This movie is slow but visually rich. Each shot has layers of meaning. However, the slow pace and the tragic ending will not endear this Chinese movie to a large American audience. As it is, THE WORLD is an interesting curiosity that will quickly pass from the scene. THE WORLD also contains sexual elements, varied spiritual content and is set in a Communist society where money seems to reign.