Aftershocks (Tangshan dadizhen) (2010)
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Two natural disasters frame a story of a mother, her children and a painful decision that scars them forever in this grand-scale drama from China. In 1976, Li Yuanni (Xu Fan) is living in the city of Tangshan with her two children, seven year old twins Fang Da and Fang Deng. The family's life is simple but full of joy until a massive earthquake levels the city and leaves a swath of destruction in its wake. Amidst the wreckage, Li Yuanni discovers both Fang Da and Fang Deng are caught under a
Oct 29, 2010 Limited
Dec 27, 2010
China Film Group - Official Site
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Perfect hokum for those who don't mind having their heart strings strummed like a banjo.
The film may be a blunt instrument, but it's rarely maudlin -- the exception being the performance of Mr. Feng's wife, Fan Xu, as the long-suffering mother -- and is, on occasion, quite moving.
[An] involving, well-acted saga of a family torn apart by a devastating earthquake...
Aftershock is a gruelling and sombre watch, occasionally over-wrought and melodramatic, yet an absorbing and thought-provoking insight into the consequences of human catastrophe.
It's schlock, but on such a grand scale that it's quite fun to allow yourself to be carried along on its tsunami of emotion.
There's no doubt about it: this film's an unashamed heart-wringer and a tear-jerker, but it packs an almighty punch and the CGI work at the very beginning, as Tangshan crumbles into nothingness, is impressive and pretty scary.
A very old-fashioned but stirring movie about family values, but not in the debased sense found on the Republican Party right. A gateway into the tastes and values of Chinese society unlike the typical Chinese film export geared to Western audiences.
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