Was selected to be part of the main competition at the 2019 Berlin Film Festival, but was subsequently withdrawn four days before its scheduled premiere. The official reason given by the festival was "post-production issues". See more »
Warm small town (Chinese style) story set during the Cultural Revolution
After a long line of patriotic films, which won't resonate beyond China's borders, One Second was a very welcome film.
The film is about an escaped convict who wants to see his daughter in a newsreel, the reel of which becomes the focal point of the movie. Throughout the movie, the main protagonist chases an orphan girl who steals the newsreel featuring his daughter. At times absurb (reflecting the times and accompanying behavior), at others humourous, the movie is overall a warm, touching tale of how two complete strangers come together, filling a void in the other.
Zhang Yimou once again captures the beauty of the surrounding area, even if often nothing more than desert and a drab village. There wasn't a character out of place nor an actor who failed to deliver.
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