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I Wish I Knew (Hai shang chuan qi) Reviews

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Richard Brody
New Yorker
February 22, 2011
The poignant historical ironies of the Chinese director Jia Zhangke's documentary, commissioned by last year's Shanghai World Expo, begin with the title...
Andrew Schenker
House Next Door
February 15, 2011
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.
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
November 12, 2010
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 | Original Score: 3/5
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Guy Dixon
Globe and Mail
September 15, 2010
The pacing is steady. The stories are told simply, with zero affectation or buildup by the director. The effect is astonishing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4

NOW Toronto
September 13, 2010
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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