24 City (Er shi si cheng ji)
24 City (Er shi si cheng ji) (2008)

Chengdu, nowadays. The state-owned factory 420 shuts down to give way to a complex of luxury apartments called "24 City." Three generations, eight characters: old workers, factory executives and yuppies, their stories are the… More

Rated: G
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Release Date: January 12, 2010
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Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: One of China's most talented directors blurs the lines between non-fiction, drama, and musical theater in this vivid portrait of a country in cultural flux.

Dave Calhoun
Time Out

The film takes on an operatic feel, moving between euphoria for the new and lament for the lost.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

The result is surprisingly engrossing -- even lively, due in part to brief musical numbers inserted amid the interviews.

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Derek Malcolm
This is London

Zhangke never hints much about politics ... His is more the story of ordinary people caught up in history and still determined to live their lives as well as they can. It's both relevant and resonant.

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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe

The director has an exquisite eye that keeps getting stronger and subtler. He trusts that beauty is vagueness's alluring upside.

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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal

Mr. Jia is an artist, one of the most interesting filmmakers working anywhere in the world, and he made his film to bear witness to a way of life while witnesses could still be found.

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Nigel Andrews
Financial Times

History weaves in and out of faces that purl their monologues -- real or scripted -- as Jia presents the past as a giant, invisible river.

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G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle

24 City won't change the minds of detractors -- it is his most painfully slow yet -- but it might change the minds of his supporters, including this critic, for Jia attempts something that is, in the end, unforgivable.

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Manohla Dargis
New York Times

The actors in 24 City, an experimental fiction-nonfiction hybrid, bring their own existential realities to their short, touching performances.

Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

An intriguing hybrid of fiction and documentary, this film chronicles the dismantling of a notorious factory in Chengdu to make way for a new luxury community. It's skilfully assembled, but a bit dry for Western audiences.

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Flixster Audience Score: 70% Flixster User Reviews
Walter M.
Thankfully, "24 City" is not a continuation of the television series "24." All kidding aside, it is easier to describe what "24… More
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Compelling story of a decision to destroy a long time munitions factory to make way for a condo development. It is a story that is told worldwide as politics… More

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