The epic story of a family separated as a result of the Great Tangshan Earthquake of 1976.

Director:

Xiaogang Feng

Writers:

Wu Si (screenplay), Ling Zhang (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Fan Xu ... Li Yuanni
Jingchu Zhang ... Fang Deng / Wang Deng
Chen Li ... Fang Da
Zifeng Zhang ... Young Fang Deng (as Zi-feng Zhang)
Jiajun Zhang Jiajun Zhang ... Young Fang Da
Yi Lu ... Yang Zhi
Guoqiang Zhang Guoqiang Zhang ... Fang Daqiang
Ziwen Wang ... Xiao He
Lixin Yang Lixin Yang ... Lao Niu
Zhong Lü ... Grandmother
Mei Yong ... Aunt
Lili Liu Lili Liu ... Sichuan Mother (as Li-Li Liu)
Daoming Chen ... Wang Deqing (Deng's Foster Father)
Jin Chen ... Dong Guilan (Deng's Foster Mother)
Baowen Zhang Baowen Zhang ... Wang Zhiguo's Wife
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Storyline

In Tangshan, the truck driver Da Qiang, his wife Yuan Ni and their twins Fang Da, their son, and Fang Deng, their daughter, are a happy simple family. On 27 July 1976, a devastating earthquake destroys Tangshan, and Da Qiang dies while trying to rescue his children from their apartment. When a collapsed beam traps Fang Da and Fang Deng, Yuan Ni is forced to decide between saving her son or daughter and she chooses Fang Da. However, her daughter Fang Deng overhears her mother's choice and miraculously survives. She is rescued by a soldier and adopted by Mr. Wang and his wife with the name Wang Deng. Thirty-two years later, after an earthquake in China, Wang Deng, now married to a Canadian lawyer and living in Vancouver with her daughter, travels to China and voluntarily joins the rescue team. By chance she meets Fang Da and she learns the drama of Yuan Ni through all those years. The family is finally reunited at Yuan Ni's home, where bitterness is exposed and resolved. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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23 seconds, 32 years.

Genres:

Drama | History

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

In consideration of the Tohoku earthquake in March 2011, the Japanese distributor canceled the planned release of the film later that month. The film which depicted the 1976 Tangshan earthquake was eventually released in the country in March 2015 in dozens of theaters, as opposed to hundreds it was planned for 4 years earlier. See more »

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When Fang Da brought his girlfriend home to visit his mother, he was seen opening the door with his left arm, when it's already been established that he lost his left arm from the earthquake. See more »

Quotes

Dong Guilan: [displeased, very quietly] What a disgrace.
Wang Deqing: Are you talking about me? What have I done?
Dong Guilan: The child is already grown up. Look at what you're wearing.
Wang Deqing: [glances at his casual T-shirt and shorts] Huh, I'm at home. Should I be dressed like a king? Can't I even enter my own child's room?
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One of the best, saddest films.
19 April 2011 | by ShaoxiongSee all my reviews

As i sit here typing up this review, my eyes are sore from the tears shed from watching this stunning film. This is no ordinary documentary like film. The characters are portrayed in a way that establishes a deep connection with the audience, the actors/actresses in this this film were absolutely flawless. The emotions, gestures and dialogue were all perfect.

Apart from complimenting the set, the movie had great computer generated scenes of the devastating effects of the earthquake. This really puts the audiences in a perspective like never before , as u see the people being smashed by boulders and collapsing buildings with people inside.

This movie focuses on the main idea of FAMILY. It shows the bonding of natural disaster victims and the the journey of recovering from the emotional wounds.

This movie was a master piece. I highly recommend it.


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Country:

China

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

22 July 2010 (China) See more »

Also Known As:

唐山大地震 See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,329, 31 October 2010

Gross USA:

$62,962

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$100,297,508
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Dolby Digital | Sonics-DDP (IMAX version)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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