The World and Beijing World Park: Film Tourism, Intermedia, Embodiment, and the Fake

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This chapter examines the experience of the fake – both on-screen and off – and how it is experienced through the media of film, architecture, performance, and embodiment. Using textual analysis to examine the filmic environment of The World (Jia Zhangke, 2006) and the visitors’ experience on-screen, along with the self-ethnography of the author's visit to The World amusement park as a “film-induced tourist,” this chapter develops from the “performance turn” in tourism studies, in which “the doings of tourism are physical or corporeal and not merely visual” (Larsen and Urry 2011, 1111) and is guided by theories of intermediality—the relationship between media and how they work together to create meaning—in this instance, film, architecture, and performance.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationChinese Film in the Twenty-First Century
Subtitle of host publicationMovements, Genres, Intermedia
EditorsCorey Schultz, Cecília Mello
Place of PublicationLondon & New York
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9781003371694
Publication statusPublished - 13 Oct 2023

Publication series

NameCommunicating China


  • film tourism
  • Chinese film
  • Jia Zhangke
  • fake
  • intermedia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts
  • Communication
  • Cultural Studies


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