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The Iron Ministry


J.P Sniadecki

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About the Movie

Filmed over three years on China's railways, J.P. Sniadecki's masterful documentary traces the vast interiors of a country on the move - flesh and metal, clangs and squeals, light and dark, language and gesture. Scores of rail journeys come together into one, capturing the thrills and anxieties of social and technological transformation. The Iron Ministry immerses audiences in fleeting relationships and uneasy encounters between humans and machines on what will soon be the world's largest railway network.


Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 14
  • Fresh: 12
  • Rotten: 2
  • Average Rating: 7.6/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: "The Iron Ministry" is neither boring nor confining, which is just to say that it's not a long trip through a faraway country. It's a work of art - vivid and mysterious and full of life. – A.O. Scott, New York Times, Aug 20, 2015

Fresh: Designed as a broadly impressionistic vision of the ways the country's vast railroad system is used, the pic is non-ideological and intermittently engrossing, catering to viewers especially drawn to this type of non-narrative docu filmmaking. – Jay Weissberg, Variety, Aug 17, 2015

Fresh: The parallel tracks of railways and cinema profitably converge yet again in J.P.Sniadecki's outstanding, semi-experimental documentary The Iron Ministry, a pungently immersive evocation of traveling on Chinese trains. – Neil Young, Hollywood Reporter, Aug 17, 2015

Fresh: What emerges is a sense of an optimistic people well aware of how hard times can be but convinced they might be getting better. – Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice, Aug 18, 2015

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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2014

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