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Chinese EcocinemaIn the Age of Environmental Challenge$
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Sheldon H. Lu and Jiayan Mi

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9789622090866

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789622090866.001.0001

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Façades: The New Beijing and the Unsettled Ecology of Jia Zhangke’s The World

Façades: The New Beijing and the Unsettled Ecology of Jia Zhangke’s The World

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(p.113) 6 Façades: The New Beijing and the Unsettled Ecology of Jia Zhangke’s The World
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Chinese Ecocinema
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Jerome Silbergeld

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Hong Kong University Press
DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789622090866.003.0007

This chapter focuses on The World (2004) a film by Jia Zhangke. The film title refers to World Park, a theme park in Beijing that is a simulacrum of landmarks from around the world. The park offers those Chinese who do not have the means to travel around the world a vicarious opportunity to trot the globe in what is ironically called the present “age of globalization.” This chapter describes the ironies of the film and contemporary Chinese society at large, and points out previous examples of the replication of architecture in China's long imperial history.

Keywords:   The World, Jia Zhangke, World Park, Beijing, globalization, architecture

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