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

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Rated: G
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Release Date: January 12, 2010
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Critic Score: 90% 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.

Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

A blend of documentary and drama which is by turns movingly authentic and deliberately artificial.

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Derek Elley

Strongest moments are when the pristine HD lensing by Hong Kong's Yu Lik-wai (a Jia regular) and Wang Yu, and warm string music by Yoshihiro Hanno, take over in montages showing the gradual dismantling of the factory.

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Dan Fainaru
Screen International

Jia purposely refrains from voicing any opinions here and its authenticity may be arguable, but if pure fiction is so often taken as historical testimony, why shouldn't half-fiction qualify for the same honours?

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Mark Jenkins

24 City includes evocative footage of Factory 420's dismantling, but emphasizes people over place.

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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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Michael Joshua Rowin
Stop Smiling

Jia Zhangke seems to be entering a new phase of his fascinating career with 24 City, a documentary/fiction hybrid that reworks the director's signature techniques and strategies to stunning and self-critical effect.

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Maggie Lee
Hollywood Reporter

In [Jia Zhangke's] chronicle of the changing fortunes of a defunct but once glorious aeronautic factory and its workers through talking heads and wordless images exclusively, the documentary strain prevails to simple, yet emotionally reverberating effect.

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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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Derek Smith
Tiny Mix Tapes

In the end, the filmmaker's fragmented approach marks an interesting, if not entirely successful, departure for one of China's most talented working directors.

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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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