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China: The Panda Adventure (2001)

1936, China. Ruth Harkness has come to settle the affairs of her husband, Bill, who died while observing the rare and unstudied panda bear. His journal describes the panda as shy and docile... See full summary »

Director:

Robert M. Young

Writers:

Ruth Harkness (book), Paul Andersen (screen story) | 5 more credits »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Maria Bello ... Ruth Harkness
Yu Xia ... Quentin Young
Xander Berkeley ... Dakar Johnston
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bill Hayes ... Narrator
Paul Pape ... Bill Harkness Voice-over (voice)
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1936, China. Ruth Harkness has come to settle the affairs of her husband, Bill, who died while observing the rare and unstudied panda bear. His journal describes the panda as shy and docile, while great white hunter Dak Johnson describes them as ferocious beasts. This intrigues her, and she sets off to retrace Bill's steps and save the pandas from Johnson. She encounters many obstacles, both natural and created by Johnson, and sees many scenic vistas before encountering the pandas. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 June 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

China: La aventura panda See more »

Filming Locations:

Shanghai, China

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$28,268, 29 July 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,708,478, 16 May 2004
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.44 : 1
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One of the best IMAX movies ever
21 October 2001 | by snowfox121See all my reviews

There are very few IMAX movies that i have not seen--and China:The Panda

Adventure (CTPA) is one of the best. i don't think most people go to IMAX

expecting to see a mainline Hollywood-like production. IMAX movies are judged differently, in my opinion. An IMAX movie should make the best possible use of the large-screen format, and the focus of the presentation should be on the visual. CTPA does this extremely well.

It's true that the acting is not outstanding, but i did not go to CTPA to see Robert Redford. i went to see pandas and the stunning scenery of China. i was not

disappointed.

The last IMAX presentation i saw was "Amazing Caves," and i was immensely

disappointed. If you had seen the trailer, you had seen everything worthwhile in the movie. And if that English scientist/diver/narrator said one more time how

important it was to find bacteria so she could "cure new diseases," i would have screamed.

CTPA is done with a deft touch, with good narration and dialog and, as i said, stunning cinematography. It's a treat for the whole family. The fact that there's a "story-line" is just icing on the cake.


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