2008 / drama / Chine / original title : ER CHI SI CHENG JI / 107’ / Color / status : completed / Mandarin / long feature-film / International catalogue
24 City chronicles the dramatic and thunderous fall of a State-owned munitions factory and its conversion into a luxury high-rise apartment complex. Artfully composed, rich in offbeat details, and punctuated with pop songs, 24 City weaves together the stories of three generations of factory workers (some real, some played by actors) into a fascinating oral history of post-revolutionary China and bracing meditation on the massive physical and psychological changes transforming the country.
“The stories we hear in 24 City belong to its specific place, but they are universal”
“The director has an exquisite eye that keeps getting stronger and subtler. He trusts that beauty is vagueness's alluring upside.”
“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 harrowing story about a lost child -- constitute another kind of monument to the workers of Factory 420.”
The New York Times