I Wish I Knew (Hai shang chuan qi) (2010)

I Wish I Knew (Hai shang chuan qi)


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Filmmaker Jia Zhangke offers a personal look into the history of Shanghai, one of China's most exciting and diverse cities, in this documentary. While Shanghai is a city of no small historical importance in China, in Haishang Chuanqi (aka I Wish I Knew) the focus is less on the facts of the city's legacy than the stories of the people who have lived there and how their lives have been shaped by its history. Those interviewed by director Zhangke include people whose parents fell victim to the … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Drama, Art House & International
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Written By: Zhang Ke Jia

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The poignant historical ironies of the Chinese director Jia Zhangke's documentary, commissioned by last year's Shanghai World Expo, begin with the title...

Full Review… | February 22, 2011
New Yorker
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The pacing is steady. The stories are told simply, with zero affectation or buildup by the director. The effect is astonishing.

Full Review… | September 15, 2010
Globe and Mail
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Full Review… | September 23, 2011
Hollywood Reporter
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I Wish I knew is a rich, multi-faceted city film that challenges viewers to make sense of the various scraps that the filmmaker artfully arranges for our consideration.

Full Review… | February 15, 2011
House Next Door

The film works like a sort of fast-forward of the city's past over the last 75 years, and in addition to the wealth of cultural and historical detail, there are things in the film that seem to welcome contemporary political interpretation.

Full Review… | November 12, 2010
Jam! Movies

Full Review… | September 13, 2010
NOW Toronto

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