7.5/10
1,701
22 user 32 critic

Up the Yangtze (2007)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 11 July 2008 (Poland)
At the edge of the Yangtze River, not far from the Three Gorges Dam, young men and women take up employment on a cruise ship, where they confront rising waters and a radically changing China.

Director:

Yung Chang

Writer:

Yung Chang

On Disc

at Amazon

14 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Documentary | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A couple embarks on a journey home for Chinese new year along with 130 million other migrant workers, to reunite with their children and struggle for a future. Their unseen story plays out as China soars towards being a world superpower.

Director: Lixin Fan
Stars: Changhua Zhang, Yang Zhang, Suqin Chen
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Photographer Edward Burtynsky travels the world observing changes in landscapes due to industrial work and manufacturing.

Director: Jennifer Baichwal
Stars: Edward Burtynsky
Documentary | Drama | News
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

DATONG follows the life and work of a controversial Chinese Communist Mayor GENG YANBO to tell the story about how he takes a radical reform to demolish 140,000 households and relocate half... See full summary »

Director: Hao Zhou
Stars: Li Fu, Ma Suying, Geng Yangbo
Garage (2007)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A tragicomedy set in the world of gas stations in rural Ireland, where over-diligent employee of the garage searches for intimacy during the course of a life-changing summer.

Director: Lenny Abrahamson
Stars: Pat Shortt, John Keogh, George Costigan
Behemoth (2015)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Under the sun, the heavenly beauty of grasslands will soon be covered by the raging dust of mines. Facing the ashes and noises caused by heavy mining , the herdsmen have no choice but to ... See full summary »

Director: Liang Zhao
Documentary | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A documentary on rural teenagers in southwestern China who are recruited as their country's next Olympic hopefuls, with a focus on the coach Qi Moxiang.

Director: Yung Chang
Stars: Moxiang Qi, Yunfei Miao, Zongli He
Yves (2019)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

Jerem moved to his grandmother's house to compose a rap record. He meets So, a mysterious investigator on behalf of the start-up Digital Cool, who persuades him to take the test Yves, a ... See full summary »

Director: Benoît Forgeard
Stars: Alka Balbir, Philippe Katerine, William Lebghil
Sweet Sixteen I (2002)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Determined to have a normal family life once his mother gets out of prison, a Scottish teenager from a tough background sets out to raise the money for a home.

Director: Ken Loach
Stars: Martin Compston, Michelle Coulter, Annmarie Fulton
Documentary | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Broken, desperate men chase their dreams and run from their demons in the North Dakota oil fields. A local Pastor risks everything to help them.

Director: Jesse Moss
Stars: Jay Reinke, Andrea Reinke, Alan Mezo
Old Joy (2006)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Two old pals reunite for a camping trip in Oregon's Cascade Mountains.

Director: Kelly Reichardt
Stars: Daniel London, Will Oldham, Tanya Smith
Gatekeeper (2016)
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Patrolling a popular tourist destination of steep cliffs that plummet into the Sea of Japan, a retired police officer vigilantly intercepts troubled souls looking to jump, his count of lives saved now over 500.

Director: Yung Chang
Stars: Misako Kawagoshi, Kenji Morioka, Yukio Shige
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Jerry Bo Yu Chen Jerry Bo Yu Chen ... Himself
Campbell Ping He Campbell Ping He ... Himself
Cindy Shui Yu Cindy Shui Yu ... Herself
Edit

Storyline

A luxury cruise boat motors up the Yangtze - navigating the mythic waterway known in China simply as "The River." The Yangtze is about to be transformed by the biggest hydroelectric dam in history. At the river's edge - a young woman says goodbye to her family as the floodwaters rise towards their small homestead. The Three Gorges Dam - contested symbol of the Chinese economic miracle - provides the epic backdrop for Up the Yangtze, a dramatic feature documentary on life inside modern China. Written by National Film Board of Canada

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The river that erased her past will write her future

Genres:

Documentary

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

Canada

Language:

English | Mandarin

Release Date:

11 July 2008 (Poland) See more »

Also Known As:

Anevainontas ton Yangtze See more »

Filming Locations:

China

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

CAD 1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,851, 27 April 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$783,416, 26 October 2008
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (35 mm version)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Quotes

Confucius: By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third, by experience, which is the bitterest.
See more »

Connections

Edited into P.O.V.: Up the Yangtze (2008) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Chinese cinematic masterpiece
3 March 2008 | by wangyimin999See all my reviews

This cinema masterpiece is experience of Chinese not westerner story. I hope you will go to take in this experience and learn more about middle kingdom. This movie is fair and shows piece of Chinese life. Do not miss this masterpiece. It made me laugh it made me cry. It made me think about my homeland.

this is from variety Asia online: "If the title "Up the Yangtze!" suggests "up a creek!," it's no coincidence. China's Three Gorges Dam is considered by many experts to be a full-steam-ahead eco-disaster, but helmer Yung Chang's gorgeous meditation is more concerned with the project's collateral human damage: old farmers evicted, young people in servitude to Western tourists, all brought about by an endeavor whose collective weight may ultimately tilt the Earth's axis. A gloriously cinematic doc of epic, poetic sadness, "Yangtze" should be a hit on the specialized circuit and could break out, thanks to its embrace of irony rather than righteous indignation."

i think this review is right. i'm very happy for this film and i think, as a Chinese, it is important to see all of the sides of our story. that way we can grow to learn to be better.


33 of 44 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 22 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed