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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:
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Li Yuanni
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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 ...
Grandmother
Mei Yong ...
Aunt
Li-li Liu ...
Sichuan Mother
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Wang Deqing (Deng's Foster Father)
Jin Chen ...
Dong Guilan (Deng's Foster Mother)
Baowen Zhang ...
Wang Zhiguo's Wife
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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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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 »

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When Fang Da brought his girlfriend home to visit his mother, he was seen opening the door with his left arm, when it's already been established that he lost his left arm from the earthquake. See more »

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Li Yuanni: Daqiang, Fang Deng, don't mind me being annoying. Every year when burning paper offerings, we've been talking to you both. We've moved. If you want to come back, don't go the wrong way, ok? Our alleyway is next to the railway school. At the first row of houses, turn left. The first one is our home. Remember that! Where we used to live, they're building a department mall. So we can't move back there.
Fang Da: Mom, dad and elder sis have already been dead for ten years. How could they still come back? I ...
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A "must see"...
19 December 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As an old white guy I have this knee jerk reaction to resist all things not American. Darn. That said, and considering all the dribble that comes out of Hollywood these days, juxtaposed against this truly wonderful film from China, all I can say is... if this is the kind of stuff they are capable of, "Hollywood, look out". One of the things that makes this movie so compelling is that it is not a "Chinese" story, its a "human" story. While the production and graphics are stellar, its the STORY that steals the show. How many times have we all sat through an hour and a half of incredible (and often gratuitous) graphics with a mediocre story sandwiched in between stuff being blown up. Here the graphics are truly great, but take second place to whats important... the story.


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