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Awards Buzz : Best Foreign Language Film
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China, 2010, 128 Minute Running Time
Topics: Action/Adventure, Asian, Drama, Environment, Epic, Thriller
Programs: Awards Buzz : Best Foreign Language Film, Best of the Fest
Language: Mandarin English Sub-Titles


Combining stunning special effects with potent family drama this heartrending depiction of the impact of the massive 1976 earthquake that killed more than 240,000 in Tangshan, China uses the disaster to set up the story of a family torn apart--and the 40 years it takes them to reconnect. A well-paced film that satisfies on every level, the tale begins as Da Qing buys an electric fan, a rare home comfort at the time, in which his devoted wife, Yuan Ni and their 7-year-old twins luxuriate. When the earthquake hits, a hysterical Yuan Ni learns that both her children have been pinned under a concrete slab; when emergency workers can only save one child, she's left with a "Sophie's Choice"-style decision.

The narrative later jumps ahead 10 years to 1986, then to 1996 and finally 2008, allowing director Feng to engage with his wider, more ambitious theme of China's transformation over the past 40 years. Political changes are duly observed, but so are technical advances. By the film’s poignant final 40 minutes, China's economic miracle is in full swing, but it is clear that time and community heal wounds better than gadgets and wealth ever can. Winner, Best Feature, Asia Pacific Film Awards.

DIRECTOR: Feng Xiaogang
Producer: Wang Zhongjun, Guo Yanhong, Han Sanping
Editor: Xiao Yang
Screenwriter: Su Xiaowei
Cinematographer: Lu Yue
Music: Wang Liguang
Principal Cast: Xu Fan, Zhang Jingchu, Li Chen, Chen Daoming
Filmography: If You Are the One (2008), Assembly (2007), The Banquet (2006), A World Without Thieves (2004), Cell Phone (2003), Big Shot’s Funeral (2002)

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