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Director:
Writers:
Wu Si (screenplay)
Ling Zhang (novel)
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Release Date:
22 July 2010 (Australia) See more »
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Tagline:
23 seconds, 32 years.
Plot:
The epic story of a family separated as a result of the Great Tangshan Earthquake of 1976. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
18 wins & 25 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Fan Xu ... Li Yuanni

Jingchu Zhang ... 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

Daoming Chen ... Wang Deqing (Deng's Foster Father)
Jin Chen ... Dong Guilan (Deng's Foster Mother)
Baowen Zhang ... Wang Zhiguo's Wife
Qiuzi Ma ... Director Zhao
Jing Lü ... Woman Teacher
David F. Morris ... Alexander
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
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Directed by
Xiaogang Feng 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Wu Si  screenplay
Ling Zhang  novel

Produced by
Yanhong Guo .... producer
Sanping Han .... producer
Xiaofeng Hu .... executive producer
Peter Lam .... co-producer
Zhong-lun Ren .... co-producer
Tongyuan Wang .... co-producer
Zhongjun Wang .... producer
Shoucheng Yang .... co-producer
Jianguo Yao .... producer
Hai Cheng Zhao .... producer
 
Original Music by
Liguang Wang 
 
Cinematography by
Yue Lü (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Yang Xiao 
 
Production Design by
Tingxiao Huo 
 
Art Direction by
Chenxi Nie 
 
Art Department
Qinghuai Cheng .... assistant art director
 
Sound Department
Shiyuan Jin .... special effects sound designer
Jiang Wu .... sound recordist
 
Visual Effects by
Jerry Andrews .... motion control operator
Nigel Ankers .... effects technical director
Michael Becki .... lead layout td
Julien Bolbach .... senior environment artist: MPC
Ole Olsen Bolsønes .... technical animator
Julian Burt .... roto animation
Nicolas Caillier .... digital compositor
Morné Chamberlain .... software developer: BlackGinger
David Chen .... digital compositor
Dave Clark .... digital compositor
Sebastien Corne .... environment technical director
Tyson Cross .... digital lighting supervisor: BlackGinger
France Daigle .... visual effects producer: Loki Visual Effects
Stanley A. Dellimore .... head of layout: MPC
Paul DeOliveira .... senior compositor: Loki Visual Effects
Yann Doray .... compositing supervisor
Gene Dreitser .... visual effects supervisor: Loki Visual Effects
Bryan Dunkley .... compositor
Julie Fischer .... senior visual effects producer
Niall Flinn .... fx technical director
Philip Fraschetti .... digital compositor: Technicolor
Thibault Gauriau .... td effect
Lani Greenhill .... texture artist: BlackGinger
Mark Harrison .... lighting td
Michael Havart .... digital artist
Marc Horsfield .... digital effects supervisor
Alexander Jacquet .... digital compositor: Technicolor
Yanming Jiang .... visual effects supervisor
Phil Jones .... visual effects supervisor
Simon P. Jones .... lighting technical director: MPC
Matthew Kearney .... visual effects artist: Blackginger
Deke Kincaid .... vfx compositor
Lev Kolobov .... visual effects compositor
Michal Kriukow .... lead modeler
Olivia Lukawski .... digital artist: IMAX version
Ryan McDonald .... technical director: Loki Visual Effects
Neilan Naicker .... visual effects: BlackGinger
Elliot Newman .... asset supervisor
Gu Pinghu .... visual effects production manager
Jason Pomerantz .... production supervisor (IMAX Version)
Christopher Puchta .... effects technical director: The Moving Picture Company
Paul Pytlik .... digital artist: IMAX version
Marco Raposo de Barbosa .... compositing supervisor
Ashley Ryan .... digital compositor
Alan So .... digital artist: IMAX version
Kyle Ueckermann .... visual effects: BlackGinger
Ben Warner .... digital compositor
George Webster .... compositing supervisor
 
Stunts
Zhutian Park .... stunt coordinator
 
Editorial Department
Thor Roos .... digital intermediate artist
 
Other crew
Anita Gou .... development assistant: huayi brothers
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Tang shan da di zhen" - China (original title)
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Runtime:
135 min
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Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Dolby Digital | Sonics-DDP (IMAX version)
Certification:
Australia:M | Canada:PG (British Columbia) | Canada:14A (Ontario) | Japan:G | Malaysia:U | Singapore:PG | South Korea:All | UK:15 (DVD rating)

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Trivia:
In Japan, the movie, based on the 1976 Tangshan earthquake, was originally scheduled for nationwide release on 26 March 2011, but the distributor Shochiku has postponed the release "in view of the devastation caused by the earthquake [and tsunami that occurred on 11 March] and out of consideration for the victims and their families."See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: During Wang Deng's visit to the Buddhist temple, her boyfriend was seen checking his cellular phone. At the time of the event, approximate 1986-1990, cellular phone use is not widespread in China, especially among college students. The size of the mobile phone was also significantly larger in their early development.See more »

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62 out of 74 people found the following review useful.
A Nutshell Review: Aftershocks, 29 July 2010
Author: DICK STEEL from Singapore

In some ways, Aftershock as a big budgeted epic sort of plays out like Feng Xiaogang's Assembly, with the money shots concentrated in the first few minutes, followed by a masterful treatment of human drama against an historical backdrop of events in China. As a fan of Feng's films thus far, he continues to show that he's equally adept in handling commercial, studio tentpole films like this one, and smaller, more intimate films like If You Are The One, dealing with equal ability a cast of plenty, or just a handful.

Aftershock cuts to the chase and puts the audience smack into 1976 Tangshan, China, just about when the big quake struck. We're introduced to a family of four, where soon enough Mother Nature's unforeseen wrath swallows up the entire city, and shattering countless of lives and families in the process. What follows will set the stage for the entire two more hours to come, where Yuan Ni (Xu Fan) has to make that Sophie's Choice of which twin for the rescuers to save - son Da Feng, or daughter Fang Deng - since a beam separates the two. Tradition, culture and custom will unfortunately make this a no-brainer when push comes to shove, coupled with the fact that the death of her husband in rescuing her, and her role as the dutiful wife to ensure the preservation of the family line, but worst, this decision is made within earshot of Fang Deng who's fighting for her life in the rubble.

Heaven's compassion means Fang Deng survives the ordeal nonetheless, but gets picked up by a PLA soldier and sent to a survivor's camp, where she gets adopted into a foster family (Chen Jin and Chen Daoming in excellent form here as foster mom and dad respectively). The narrative then tangents into two halves, one following the grown up Da Feng (Li Chen), and the other Fang Deng (Zhang Jingchu), in their trials and tribulations of growing up in China in the last 30 years, interspersed with shots of a growingly vibrant Tangshan (and other cities of China) where we see the economic development of the country. However, Nature still is that unfortunate leveller, and for all the technological advancement, human emotions and a mother's love still continue to form the basis of a heart-wrench when dealt with an unfair card in life.

Based upon a novel, What works here are the many small subplots that get introduced, such as teenage romance, filial piety, and essentially the all important theme of family, that merges well with the inclusion of landmark events such as Chairman Mao's death, and another more recent quake that brings characters together. What more, all the cast members gave stellar performances (Save for the token Caucasian) that will tug at your heartstrings, and enable the melodramatic, emotional finale to be all the more powerful as we come to learn how bitterness and hatred accumulated over the years, can dissipate with the passage of time, and the opportunity presented to seek forgiveness.

Which somehow the editing seemed to give way under the weight of emotions, and introduced some abrupt cuts away from scenes you'd think will linger for a more emotional closure. However, art direction from costuming to sets here are superb in capturing the look and feel depicting the different eras from the 70s to the 90s, and brought to mind other similarly crafted dramas like Heaven Eternal, Earth Everlasting and Electric Shadow, both films that you should give a watch as well should you dig powerful dramas like Aftershock.

I can't attest to how great this film would have been on a larger than life IMAX screen simply because Singapore, for all our record movie attendance, we still find it not viable to have one (we had one before), but one thing's for sure, the special effects employed here is on par with what Hollywood can dish out. While Hollywood can serve exaggeration for that wow factor (think 2012 where everything falls apart), Feng employs digital effects prudently to ensure that the emotional aspect doesn't get neglected. For all the individuals affected by the Big Quake, one will actually feel for them when they get pulverized, and it's hard not to be saddened when you realize it's actually all very futile when the ground beneath you starts swallowing everything. As one character said in the film, there's no worry if it's a small quake, and if it's a big one there'll be no escape anyway. It's this exasperation and resignation from a survivor that succinctly explains not only the physical scars, but the emotional ones as well that lingers far longer with the survivors, coming close to becoming pangs of guilt.

So don't go in expecting a special effects extravaganza like what Hollywood will do. An earthquake doesn't last for that long, but the emotional journey of family members set apart by a catastrophic event goes on for much longer. Aftershock is that film set on the right path in choosing to focus on this aspect, and delivered a film rich in the human emotions of pain, distress and suffering. Highly recommended, and a natural inclusion to the shortlist of this year's best.

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