China: The Panda Adventure

2001

China: The Panda Adventure

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42%

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Total Count: 19

61%

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Movie Info

In this visually striking tale of adventure, Ruth (Maria Bello) is an American widow who during the 1930s travels to China in hopes of making her late husband's dream a reality by bringing Chinese pandas to the United States. Ruth is awed by the striking beauty of China and discovers several of the rare pandas as well as a number of other unusual animals; however, Ruth learns that the Chinese government is lax in their protection of wildlife, and that hunters are making short work of the pandas. China: The Panda Adventure was shot and originally released in the high-definition IMAX film process.

Cast

Maria Bello
as Ruth Harkness
Xander Berkeley
as Dakar Johnston
Yu Xia
as Quentin Young
Paul Page
as Bill Harkness

Critic Reviews for China: The Panda Adventure

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (8) | Rotten (11)

  • [Young] occasionally mines the IMAX cliches ... but more often he delivers unforgettable images of China.

    Jun 28, 2002 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Gives only glimpses of the potential for dynamic storytelling many have longed for in an Imax film.

    Sep 20, 2001
  • Despite being helmed by Robert M. Young, who knows more than a bit about docus and drama, China immediately plays as a wooden period piece.

    Sep 14, 2001

    Robert Koehler

    Variety
    Top Critic
  • So much care has been lavished on the lush, vivid cinematography that very little seems to have been left over for such picayune matters as script continuity, plausible dialogue, coherent editing and acting.

    Sep 13, 2001 | Rating: 0.5/5
  • [Young] knows what's important in an IMAX movie and makes certain that the vastness and beauty of China are matched by the pandas' lovable quotient.

    Sep 13, 2001
  • If you can ignore the cookie-cutter story and wooden characters and focus instead on the natural wonders that are passing us by as we travel up the Yangtze, chances are good that you won't be disappointed.

    Sep 13, 2001

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