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Sandstorm (2004)

Not Rated | | Drama | 20 November 2004 (USA)
Already trapped at home for 12 days in a massive sandstorm. A policeman cares for his dying wife as they are running out of food and water and mourning the disappearance of their child in the storm.



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Credited cast:
Lili Li ... The Practitioner
Angela Huang ... Young Policewoman
Steve Hong ... Supervisor
Cheng Guang ... Young Policeman
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rong Tian ... He Tian Ying


He Tianying is a mid-level Chinese police officer. For twelve days and nights, he and his wife have been trapped in their home during a massive sandstorm covering a large area of China. His wife is running out of life-sustaining medicine, their young daughter is missing in the storm, electricity and phone communication have been cut off, and their food and water are running out. As He Tianying cares for his dying wife, in this isolation and confinement, his conscience starts to emerge. As a policeman, he has been involved in the vicious persecution of common Chinese citizens who follow the spiritual practice of Falun Gong. In a series of flashbacks, he painfully recalls one particular Falun Gong practitioner whom he had been attempting to force to renounce her beliefs. Under intense pressure from his supervisor, He Tianying is pushed to betray his conscience and persecute this innocent woman in order to protect his position. Refusing to submit, the woman is eventually tortured to ... Written by Requisite Films

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Release Date:

20 November 2004 (USA)  »


Box Office


CAD 5,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,744, 6 September 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,744, 6 September 2009
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Winner of 29 awards at international film festivals including 11 for Best Feature Film. See more »

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touching movie
31 May 2005 | by See all my reviews

Sandstorm gives a heartbreaking tale about the events unfolding in modern China where innocent people are being persecuted. Through flashbacks a police officer who witnessed these events, reflects about good and evil and gains deeper insights.

An inspiring movie I must say.

Although not so widely spread yet, it seems Sandstorm caught quite some attention at the movie festivals it appeared.

More detailed information can be found the movies website.

I sure hope this movie will get more known.

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