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Aftershock -- Tangshan, 1976. Two seven-year-old twins are buried under the rubble of the deadliest earthquake of the 20th century. The rescue team explains to their mother that freeing either child will almost certainly result in the death of the other. Forced to make the most difficult decision of her life, she finally chooses to save her son. Though left behind as dead, the little girl miraculously survives, unbeknownst to her brother and mother. AFTERSHOCK follows the family on their separate journeys over the course of the next 32 years, as they build lives forever shadowed by the traumatic experience of the earthquake, and eventually face each other--and the decisions of the past. Featuring an all-star cast including Jingchu Zhang (Rush Hour 3) and Daoming Chen (Hero), AFTERSHOCK broke all box-office records in China with its powerful exploration of how one moment can change a family's life forever.
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Wu Si (screenplay)
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Release Date:
22 July 2010 (Australia) See more »
23 seconds, 32 years.
The epic story of a family separated as a result of the Great Tangshan Earthquake of 1976. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Teaser trailer for real-life Chinese disaster epic Aftershocks
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  (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:

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
Haicheng Zhao .... producer
Original Music by
Liguang Wang 
Cinematography by
Yue Lü (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Yang Xiao 
Production Design by
Tingxiao Huo 
Haiying Shi 
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
Pinghu Gu .... visual effects production manager
William Harley .... visual effects
Mark Harrison .... lighting td
Michael Havart .... digital artist
Darrin Hofmeyr .... cg supervisor: BlackGinger
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
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
Hilton Treves .... visual effects supervisor
Kyle Ueckermann .... visual effects: BlackGinger
Ben Warner .... digital compositor
George Webster .... compositing supervisor
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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135 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Dolby Digital | Sonics-DDP (IMAX version)
Australia:M | Canada:PG (British Columbia) | Canada:14A (Ontario) | Germany:16 | Japan:G | Malaysia:U | Singapore:PG | South Korea:All | UK:15 (DVD rating)

Did You Know?

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 »
Anachronisms: When Fang Da and his girlfriend are driving along the freeway, the year is stated to be 1995 but there is clearly visible a MY 2005 VW Jetta through the driver side window.See more »
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 feel spooked hearing you keep saying such things.
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13 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
One of the best, saddest films., 19 April 2011
Author: Shaoxiong from Australia

As i sit here typing up this review, my eyes are sore from the tears shed from watching this stunning film. This is no ordinary documentary like film. The characters are portrayed in a way that establishes a deep connection with the audience, the actors/actresses in this this film were absolutely flawless. The emotions, gestures and dialogue were all perfect.

Apart from complimenting the set, the movie had great computer generated scenes of the devastating effects of the earthquake. This really puts the audiences in a perspective like never before , as u see the people being smashed by boulders and collapsing buildings with people inside.

This movie focuses on the main idea of FAMILY. It shows the bonding of natural disaster victims and the the journey of recovering from the emotional wounds.

This movie was a master piece. I highly recommend it.

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