If nothing else Jia Zhanghke's films give the viewer a snapshot of China influx. In The Wolrd (2004) he shows the daily lives and loves of employees at a Beijing suburb's theme park that has reconstructed different tourist spots form all over the world: pyramids, Big Ben, the Eiffel Tower, etc., which provide excellent background for musings on life and love. He is well-known for the medium distance tracking shots that give a glimpse of the industrial wasteland that China has become in the 2000s. There are some curious interludes with animation that reveal text messages and there is a beguiling ending that is left open ended. It leaves the viewer wondering if it is a story of hope or despair?