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24 City

Er shi si cheng ji | 二十四城记

Directed by Jia Zhangke
China, Hong Kong, 2008
Documentary, Drama


24 City chronicles the dramatic closing of a once-prosperous state-owned factory in Chengdu, southwest China and its conversion into a sprawling luxury apartment complex. Three generations, eight characters: old workers, factory executives and yuppies, their stories melt into the History of China.

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24 City Directed by Jia Zhangke

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

2008 | Nominee: Palme d'Or

Indiewire Critics' Poll

2009 | Nominee: Best Documentary

2008 | Nominee: Best Undistributed Film

Through interviews with retired workers and faux interviews with scripted characters, Jia brings long-repressed history to life on an intimate scale. . . . Jia quietly unlocks the floodgates of memory as a crucial first step toward personal and political liberation.
July 20, 2018
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24 City belies its documentary origins with overtly poetic film language: the film is an elegiac visual symphony of carefully framed compositions,trompe l’oeil camera movements, posed portraits, internal rhymes and mysterious vignettes. It’s also as much a lexicon of body language as anything Andy Warhol achieved in his early portrait reels.
May 01, 2010
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When Kevin B. Lee, in his review in Cineaste (Fall 2009, Vol. XXXIV, No. 4) rightly calls 24 City “an oral history project transformed into performance art,” we should acknowledge that Jia is being both innovative and experimental in one sense and highly traditional and commercial in another.
January 12, 2010
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