Aftershocks (Tangshan dadizhen) (2010)
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as Wang Deqing
as Li Yuanni
as Fang Deng
as Fang Da
as Young Fang Deng
as Young Fang Da
as Yang Zhi
as Fang Daqiang
as Xiao He
as Lao Niu
as Sichuan Mother
as Dong Guilan
as Wang Zhiguo's Wife
as Director Zhao
as Woman Teacher
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Critic Reviews for Aftershocks (Tangshan dadizhen)
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...
Mimics the worst of Hollywood's excesses, pairing gratuitous shock with patriotism and a flood of tear-jerking moments calculated for awards bodies' consideration.
Audience Reviews for Aftershocks (Tangshan dadizhen)
A rather long, but well done, touching movie based around the 1976 earthquake in Tangshan, China. Incredible story about the decisions a mother had to make in the aftermath, and the decisions each family member makes to pick up their lives, and move forward. I found the changes in the town, attire and vehicles as the decades progressed particularly interesting. The film did a good job of also showing how the rigid Maoist China gradually became more Westernized and materialistic, e.g. bicycles in the 1970's vs. BMW in the 2000's. Good job! (except the one Canadian actor that they could find. He was terrible, but thankfully was only in it for a minute).
A really heart breaking movie. Performance of each character was really good. Made me sad to tell you the truth.
Tángsh?n Dàdìzhèn (aka "Aftershock" or "Aftershocks"), dedicated to 240,000 victims of the 1976 Tangshan earthquake, claims to commemorate the rebirth and restoration of Tangshan. Now if only (presumably) good intentions were quite enough to make a good movie... Aftershock has a script that's not just been-there-seen-it-all one, but also a bit too messy. The movie works neither on personal account of any of the individual characters nor as a whole. Despite being stuffed with heavily emotional sequences, it failed to make me feel sympathetic enough to care for any of the characters, let alone bring a lump in my throat or shed a tear. With all due respect for the victims of the earthquake, this emotional drama (not a docu-drama) doesn't do justice to a movie-viewer. The actors seem competitive, but they could have succeeded in saving the shaky script only that far.
I don't find "Tángsh?n Dàdìzhèn" recommendable enough, but being aware of my taste (which happens to fall in minority more often than not) I won't be shocked if you do. To start with, just look at the critical response it has received. It's not awful; it's just that it fell short of my expectations.
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