24 City

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Released 2008

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Director:
Zhang Ke Jia
Released:
2008
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24 City is a 2008 Chinese film, directed and co-written by Jia Zhangke, a Chinese filmmaker. The movie tells the story of a state-owned Factory 420 located in Chengdu, the capital city of Sichuan, which is pulled down in order to transform it into a multi-story luxury apartment complex, known as 24 City. With hundreds of workers, the factory used to manufacture aircraft engines for more than fifty years. The film captures interviews with three generations of the factory's real and ex-workers, born between the 1930s and 1050s. Their stories are intertwined with scenes of the factory's building, workforce, and operations as they are stripped bare. Different people are featured who relate their stories including Lu Liping, a mother who during a trip from Shenyang, lost her son; Joan Chen, a lonely Shanghai woman who is exiled in Chengdu, and Zhao Tao, a young professional who is wondering what the future holds for her elderly parents.

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  • 90

    The New York Times Manohla Dargis

    The actors in 24 City bring their own existential realities to their short, touching performances. In the end, the deep emotions they stir up -- the actress Lv Liping delivers a ha...

  • 60

    Variety Derek Elley

    Result is far more accessible than Jia's previous two pictures, with moments of genuine emotion by the real-life interviewees.

  • 25

    San Francisco Chronicle

    The director's most painfully slow movie yet.

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