Monday, December 6, 2010

Aftershock (2010)

Aftershock / Tangshan dadizhen (2010)

Genre: Drama
Director: Xiaogang Feng
Starring: Jingchu Zhang, Daoming Chen, Yi Lu, Chen Li
Duration: 135 min.
Rating: 7.5/10

In 1976, a devastating earthquake occurred in Tangshan, China.  It is believed that over 240,000 people perished in the disaster.  Aftershock is the story of a family separated by the Great Tangshan Earthquake.


Aftershock from Xiaogang Feng, is China's official submission to the 83rd Academy Awards.  It is a big budget epic and the first foreign made IMAX film.  I don't normally watch these types of films but this turned into a pleasant surprise.  At first glance it appears to be a clone of the many Hollywood films filled with effects and no substance, but Aftershock delivers a very powerful and emotionally moving story.  I would be surprised if this doesn't make the shortlist of official nominees in January.         


Politricks77 said...

A lot of drama reviews lately, waiting forward for some great comedies

Bonjour Tristesse said...

I just posted a comedy film on Friday, and will be featuring a couple more very soon.

Willow said...

Really the first foreign made IMAX film?

The Angry Vegetarian said...

Wow, looks intense. Can't wait to watch it!

Adalmin said...

Ooo this looks super. I'm a big fan of disaster movies, no matter how schlocky (cough, Cloverfield), and this looks pretty nifty :)

das auto! said...

i feel obligated to see this now out of respect for the 240,000 people who lost their lives

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