Crosscurrent (Chang jiang tu) (2016)



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A young cargo ship captain named Gao Chun (Qin Hao) pilots his boat up the Yangtze River and ponders the recent death of his father in this allegorical drama from director Yang Chao. During the trip, he encounters numerous symbols representing China's past, present and future, including a mysterious woman who is present at every port along the way. The woman, he soon learns, is some sort of magical being who seems to grow younger as the ship inches closer to the source of the Yangtze.


Critic Reviews for Crosscurrent (Chang jiang tu)

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (2)

Crosscurrent seems to address a youthful audience searching for its path in life.

Jul 5, 2018 | Full Review…

Buckling beneath the weight of its director's ambitions, Yang Chao's "Crosscurrent" is spectacular to look at and a devil to decode.

Oct 27, 2016 | Full Review…

Rarely has China's explosive economic growth been captured with such grace and with such a heavy heart.

Jul 5, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It's beautiful; it's breathtaking; it's oh-so-dull.

Nov 15, 2016 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Crosscurrent represents quite a remarkable blunder considering how much effort and noble aspirations go to waste because its maker forgot to tell a good story first.

Oct 31, 2016 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

Stunning imagery is the key element of a movie weighed down by metaphors.

Oct 27, 2016 | Full Review…

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