MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 13,275 this week

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (2012)

7.6
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.6/10 from 2,591 users   Metascore: 81/100
Reviews: 10 user | 116 critic | 28 from Metacritic.com

A documentary that chronicles artist and activist Ai Weiwei as he prepares for a series of exhibitions and gets into an increasing number of clashes with the Chinese government.

Director:

Writer:

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

Editors' Spotlight

Live Chat with Keanu Reeves

We conducted a Live Chat with Keanu about his upcoming film John Wick.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 32 titles
created 16 Jan 2012
 
a list of 47 titles
created 07 Jul 2012
 
a list of 29 titles
created 08 Nov 2012
 
a list of 24 titles
created 27 Dec 2012
 
a list of 48 titles
created 03 Apr 2013
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (2012)

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (2012) on IMDb 7.6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry.

User Polls

7 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Kochuu (TV Movie 2003)
Documentary | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

KOCHUU is a visually stunning film about modern Japanese architecture, its roots in the Japanese tradition, and its impact on the Nordic building tradition. Winding its way through visions ... See full summary »

Director: Jesper Wachtmeister
Stars: Tadao Ando, Sverre Fehn, Kristian Gullichsen
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A documentary on the German artist that includes glimpses at his studio, which has not been seen in decades.

Director: Corinna Belz
Stars: Gerhard Richter, Norbert Arns, Hubert Becker
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A journey inside the world of a legend of modern art and an icon of feminism. Onscreen, the nonagenarian Louise Bourgeois is magnetic, mercurial and emotionally raw-an uncompromising artist... See full summary »

Directors: Marion Cajori, Amei Wallach
Stars: Pandora Tabatabai Asbaghi, Jean-Louis Bourgeois, Louise Bourgeois
Documentary | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The husband-and-wife team of Charles and Ray Eames were America's most influential and important industrial designers. Admired for their creations and fascinating as individuals, they have ... See full summary »

Directors: Jason Cohn, Bill Jersey
Stars: Charles Eames, Ray Eames, James Franco
Documentary | Biography | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A documentary on the life and current times of artist Wayne White.

Director: Neil Berkeley
Stars: Wayne White, Mimi Pond, Paul Reubens
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

In the gig poster community, creating artwork is more than just a career - it is a way of life. These artists are at the forefront of an expansion of the gig poster genre. In a community ... See full summary »

Director: Scout Shannon
Stars: Daniel Danger, Jay Ryan, Kevin Tong
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The life of '80's fashion designer/queer icon Leigh Bowery is explored in this documentary.

Director: Charles Atlas
Stars: Charles Atlas, Leigh Bowery, Michael Bracewell
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

In this documentary, veteran filmmaker Harry Moses exposes the controversy in the world of high priced artwork. He paints a vivid picture of how art is bought and sold in America.

Director: Harry Moses
Stars: Teri Horton, Tod M. Volpe, Ben Heller
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Fort Worth, Texas: a little known museum Mecca in the heart of the American West, home to three of the most important collections in the United States. Here in 1997, the Modern Art Museum ... See full summary »

Director: Harry Lynch
Stars: Kevin Alter, Tadao Ando, Peter Arendt
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A documentary on art-scene commentator Paul Hasegawa-Overacker's relationship with enigmatic photographer Cindy Sherman.

Directors: Tom Donahue, Paul Hasegawa-Overacker
Stars: Cindy Sherman, John Waters, Eric Bogosian
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Weiwei Ai
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Grit Lederer
Stars: Weiwei Ai, Eva Mattes, Tom Vogt
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Himself
Dan Ai ...
Himself
Lao Ai ...
Himself
Lee Ambrozy ...
Herself
Danqing Chen ...
Himself
Ethan Cohen ...
Himself
Boyi Feng ...
Himself
Ying Gao ...
Herself
Changwei Gu ...
Himself
Yunchang He ...
Himself
Tehching Hsieh ...
Himself
Kankan Huang ...
Herself
Huang Hung ...
Herself
Zhanyang Li ...
Himself
Yanping Liu ...
Herself
Edit

Storyline

AI WEIWEI: NEVER SORRY is the first feature-length film about the internationally renowned Chinese artist and activist, Ai Weiwei. In recent years, Ai has garnered international attention as much for his ambitious artwork as his political provocations. AI WEIWEI: NEVER SORRY examines this complex intersection of artistic practice and social activism as seen through the life and art of China's preeminent contemporary artist. From 2008 to 2010, Beijing-based journalist and filmmaker Alison Klayman gained unprecedented access to Ai Weiwei. Klayman documented Ai's artistic process in preparation for major museum exhibitions, his intimate exchanges with family members and his increasingly public clashes with the Chinese government. Klayman's detailed portrait of the artist provides a nuanced exploration of contemporary China and one of its most compelling public figures. Written by MUSE Film and Television

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Can an artist change China?

Genres:

Documentary

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some language | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

14 June 2012 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Ai Weiwei: Panta mahitis  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$41,104 (USA) (27 July 2012)

Gross:

$485,519 (USA) (21 September 2012)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A well-made and often inspiring film
2 September 2012 | by (Vancouver, B.C.) – See all my reviews

"There are individuals who come along in certain periods of time who advance the human spirit to the next level." – actor James Newcomb Heroes are not only those who achieve unprecedented success, but those who create possibilities for others. "Breakthroughs" according to Werner Erhard, "are created by …people who will act to make possibility real." Such an individual is Ai Weiwei (pronounced "Ay Way Way") a Chinese artist and political activist whom Time Magazine named as runner-up for "2011 Person of The Year." Directed by Alison Klayman, the compelling documentary Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, winner of a Special Jury Prize at this year's Sundance Film Festival, follows Ai Weiwei pursuing his sculpture, architecture, curating, photography, film, and other arts in a political system that does not hesitate to use force, repression, and censorship against those they see as threats to the Communist government.

Ai Weiwei's father was Chinese poet Ai Qing who was denounced and sent to a labor camp with his wife, Gao Ying, an event that had strong repercussions in Ai's life. Ai Weiwei lived in New York from 1983 to 1993 where he studied and worked as an artist. While in New York, he created conceptual art by altering ready-made objects. He also compiled 10,000 photographs that were shown in an exhibit at the Three Shadows Photography Art Centre in Beijing and became the subject of a 20-minute film "Who's Afraid of Ai Weiwei" shown on PBS in 2008, a work that was expanded to produce the current documentary.

Using interviews with friends, family members, fellow artists, and young followers, Klayman describes Weiwei's involvement in the Sichuan Earthquake Names Project which listed the names of 5,000 student victims who lost their lives because of shoddy construction of schools, his criticism of the government's use of propaganda to support the Beijing Olympics whose Bird's Nest Stadium he helped to design, and his provocative use of humor in his exhibit using photographs showing his extended middle-finger in front of Tiananmen Square. Weiwei says, "There is no outdoor sport as graceful as throwing stones at a dictatorship." The film also documents the artist's exhibitions in Munich, especially a work called "Remembering" which displayed 9,000 backpacks spelling out the words "She lived happily on this earth for 7 years," a reference to students who were killed in the Sichuan earthquake. Another exhibit shown at the Tate Gallery in London consists of 100-million porcelain hand-painted sunflower seeds made in China. Though China claims that human rights have improved in their country, Ai Weiwei's assault by police thugs attempting to prevent him from testifying at the trial of Tan Zuoren belies the claim. Zuoren, an activist and recent Nobel Peace Prize winner, was sentenced to 11 years in prison for several articles that, according to Weiwei, were reasonable and not at all provocative.

One of the most important aspects of Weiwei's activism is his use of social media, especially Twitter (@aiww), an activity that he began in earnest after his blog was taken down by the authorities. This is demonstrated by his ability to quickly organize resistance to the government's proposed demolition of his newly-built art studio in Shanghai which they deemed "illegal." Though the documentary breaks no new ground as an art form and only skims the surface of Ai's personal life, Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry is a well-made and often inspiring film about an artist who is willing to take enormous risks for his own safety to expose human rights abuses and which reaches a new level of intensity when it is discovered that Weiwei has disappeared, leading to world-wide protests and an uncertain outcome.


14 of 19 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
There is a HUGE market for China bashing sanblvd
Can't Wait shizzel8590
Director Alison Klayman speaks on Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry nikhil_taneja
Discuss Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (2012) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page