24 City

Movies, Drama
3 out of 5 stars
24 City
In this portrait of the workers at a closing Chinese munitions factory, Jia pushes genre boundaries. He intermixes shots of the factory and the surrounding city with monologues by workers—conventional documentary stuff. And then you realize that some but not all of those interviewed are actually actors. It’s not clear how this deliberate blurring of lines relates to the subject matter, but it’s certainly provocative.

By: Hank Sartin


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Cast and crew

Director: Jia Zhangke
Screenwriter: Zhai Yongming
Cast: Joan Chen
Lu Liping
Zhao Tao
Chen Jianbin