Aftershock (2010)
"Tang shan da di zhen" (original title)

 |  Drama  |  22 July 2010 (China)
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The epic story of a family separated as a result of the Great Tangshan Earthquake of 1976.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Li Yuanni
Fang Deng / Wang Deng
Chen Li ...
Fang Da
Zi-feng Zhang ...
Young Fang Deng
Jiajun Zhang ...
Young Fang Da
Yi Lu ...
Yang Zhi
Guoqiang Zhang ...
Fang Daqiang
Ziwen Wang ...
Xiao He
Lixin Yang ...
Lao Niu
Zhong Lü ...
Mei Yong ...
Li-li Liu ...
Sichuan Mother
Wang Deqing (Deng's Foster Father)
Jin Chen ...
Dong Guilan (Deng's Foster Mother)
Baowen Zhang ...
Wang Zhiguo's Wife


In Tangshan, the truck driver Da Qiang, his wife Yuan Ni and their twins Fang Da, their son, and Fang Deng, their daughter, are a happy simple family. On 27 July 1976, a devastating earthquake destroys Tangshan, and Da Qiang dies while trying to rescue his children from their apartment. When a collapsed beam traps Fang Da and Fang Deng, Yuan Ni is forced to decide between saving her son or daughter and she chooses Fang Da. However, her daughter Fang Deng overhears her mother's choice and miraculously survives. She is rescued by a soldier and adopted by Mr. Wang and his wife with the name Wang Deng. Thirty-two years later, after an earthquake in China, Wang Deng, now married to a Canadian lawyer and living in Vancouver with her daughter, travels to China and voluntarily joins the rescue team. By chance she meets Fang Da and she learns the drama of Yuan Ni through all those years. The family is finally reunited at Yuan Ni's home, where bitterness is exposed and resolved. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Release Date:

22 July 2010 (China)  »

Also Known As:

A tangshani földrengés  »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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In consideration of the Tohoku earthquake in March 2011, the Japanese distributor canceled the planned release of the film later that month. The film which depicted the 1976 Tangshan earthquake was eventually released in the country in March 2015 in dozens of theaters, as opposed to hundreds it was planned for 4 years earlier. See more »


Chinese New Years Holiday celebration 1997 seen on the TV set. The first flat screen CRT television was brought to the mass market by Panasonic in November of 1997. Chinese New Year 1997 would mean February of 1997. It is also not of a Pansonic brand TV. See more »


Dong Guilan: The two of you are the ones I care most about in my life. But you both... never wanted to be with me.
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From a new fan of Chinese cinema
30 July 2010 | by (Florida, USA) – See all my reviews

After reading the other very eloquent and well thought of reviews posted so far I believe there is little I can ad to this string. That is, unless I can express my view as a true outsider of Chinese cinema and relatively inexperienced at your beautiful culture.

It's nearly impossible to find words to describe quickly I was sucked into the plot and became a member of the family of four portrayed in this masterpiece. I was in awe of the human tragedy this earthquake was and the amazing technology used to recreate it. However, nothing could have possibly prepared me for the tragic, sad, warm and beautiful human drama that would follow.

I was hoping to say I enjoyed this as much as or even more than any other movie. However, I have never experienced a movie that I can even begin to compare this to. This is a masterpiece and treasure.

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