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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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Director:
Writers:
Wu Si (screenplay)
Ling Zhang (novel)
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Release Date:
22 July 2010 (Australia) See more »
Genre:
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:
21 wins & 25 nominations See more »
NewsDesk:
(4 articles)
Aftershock (2010) Movie Review
 (From Beyond Hollywood. 12 October 2010, 12:10 PM, PDT)

Aftershock review
 (From Twitch. 2 October 2010, 2:31 PM, PDT)

Teaser trailer for real-life Chinese disaster epic Aftershocks
 (From QuietEarth. 17 April 2010, 10:48 AM, PDT)

User Reviews:
HK Neo Reviews: Aftershocks See more (40 total) »

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:
Tie-Dan

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 
 
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
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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Language:
Color:
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) | Germany:16 | Japan:G | Malaysia:U | Singapore:PG | South Korea:All | UK:15 (DVD rating)

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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
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 »
Quotes:
Li Yuanni:[on knees, tearful] I've been thinking of you both all day every day. I've been thinking of you for 32 years. Why have you ignored me? Where have you been all this while? Why did you take so long to come back?See more »

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39 out of 47 people found the following review useful.
HK Neo Reviews: Aftershocks, 15 August 2010
Author: (webmaster@thehkneo.com) from Australia

An epic disaster picture, disguised with a special human core...

Aftershocks works because it believed in the simple message about human lives – value. In the midst of today's world, people always conjure on the negatives, rather than the positives in our lives. For a moment of two, we forget about the person next to you, and focuses on the troubles that surrounds us. Ultimately, Aftershock is a movie about human survival and it works not because of the impact of the earthquake, but how human beings deal with the aftermath of an extraordinary earthquake. Director Feng Xiaogang delivers an epic that is not about special effects, but one that touches the very essence of a human heart by tackling important themes like survival, how one deal with death, love, life and ultimate sacrifice. Aftershocks is a highly successful film, that manages to be commercially saleable and also extremely humane. In doing justice to the victims, it is certainly aren't easy, but somehow, Feng manages to engage, express and emotes.

Zhang Jingchu is a wonderful actress. Her main strength is the ability to make a character performance so believable yet human, is almost extraordinary. In saying that she is the central to the success of this film, will be an overstatement, but without her, Feng would not be so successful. Look no further than the scenes when she faces her mum again, after 32 years for a moment of heart to heart cinematic performance. The highlight for me is most certainly the person who played Jet Li's Hero, in the class of Chen Daoming. While he was subtlety cunning in Hero as the first emperor of China, Chen is all class and humane as the caring fostering father of Zhang. His portray of the fatherly role is fitting and steals the show with his glaring eyes. His moments of anger are a joy to watch, along with his interaction with his wife and daughter.

All in all, Aftershock is the blockbuster Chinese epic of the year and to wipe internal tears from my heart, Feng have created something very special. It is not a easy job to satisfy both Chinese censors and still manages to create something worthy of our 5 senses. Feng knows the impending audience and smartly delivers what is essential a human drama about the aftermath of a devastating event. In the journey of their survival and seeing how every one of these characters due with life in their own way, allows us to re-think, re-evaluate, refresh and re-value the very essence of our own lives. It isn't so bad and it's good to be alive and loved. Most certainly the Chinese blockbuster, not to be missed...(Neo 2010)

I rate it 10/10

- www.thehkneo.com

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