4 items from 2010
Although still not as well known in the West as contemporaries such as Zhang Yimou, or even Chen Kaige, Feng Xiaogang has continued to prove himself one of the most successful and indeed bankable directors working in modern Chinese cinema. Having made his name through sharp satires before moving onto period spectacle with “The Banquet” and rough war drama with “Assembly”, his latest outing “Aftershock” sees him turning his hand to the subject of natural disasters and their devastating human cost. Based upon the novel of the same name by Zhang Ling, the film is a big budget affair, being the first Chinese production in the IMAX format, with amazing special effects and an impressive cast that includes Feng’s wife Xu Fan, Zhang Jing Chu (recently in “Flirting Scholar 2”), Li Chen (“Assembly”) and Lu Yi (“Seven Swords”). With earthquakes being very much in the public eye in China, the »
- James Mudge
It's frustrating following Feng Xiaogang's transformation into the Chinese Steven Spielberg. This isn't innately a bad thing. He's still a talented director capable of doing astonishing things with moving images. It's just a huge disappointment seeing Aftershock come so close to being something extraordinary only to waste far too much of its potential on saccharine melodrama and nationalist chest-beating, with a climax which feels completely unearned.
Based on the Chinese-language novel of the same name, Aftershock was released to tie in with the relief efforts following the Sichuan earthquake in 2008. The film tells the story of a family in Tangshan, beginning more than three decades earlier, when the great earthquake of 1976 devastated that city, killing nearly a quarter of a million people.
The family become separated in the chaos following the quake, when a dreadful misunderstanding sees the mother, Li Yuan Ni (Xu Fan, One Foot Off the Ground, A »
Aftershocks (Tangshan Dadizheng) is an upcoming Chinese disaster film about the real devastating 1976 Tangshan Earthquake that killed over 240,000 people. Directed by Xiaogang Feng (The Dream Factory, Happy Funeral, A World Without Thieves), it looks to be a stunning and emotionally charged epic.
When a mother is informed by a rescue team that, since her 7-year old twins are buried under the debris close to each other, digging one out would result in the collapse of the wreckage on the other, she is forced to make the most difficult decision of her life. Based around the devastating Tangshan Earthquake of 1976.
I'm skeptical about whether the storyline is based on anything real. Seems more like they wrote a "Sophie's Choice" style narrative to give the disaster a mythic emotional core (sort of like how Cameron used Romeo and Juliet for Titanic). Having said that, there's no denying the resonance of the images in the trailer. »
I'm pretty damn sure no one has heard of this film before today, but you won't forget about it after watching this trailer. Twitch first discovered this extraordinary teaser trailer for a disaster film called Aftershocks coming out of China about the devastating 1976 Tangshan Earthquake that killed over 240,000 people. This trailer reminds me of Schindler's List with the little girl and the way it uses the red to accent the terror and chaos of the situation. I would say this is China's big disaster film in response to 2012, but since this is about an event that already happened, it's very different and much more emotional. Check out the teaser below. Watch the teaser trailer for Xiaogang Feng's Aftershocks: When a mother is informed by a rescue team that, since her 7-year old twins are buried under the debris close to each other, digging one out would result in »
- Alex Billington
4 items from 2010
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