| Running time: 2 hours 10 minutes | This film is not rated.
DvdRip Info:File size: 1.61 GB | Duration: 2h 16mn | Video Format: MPEG-4 Visual | Codec ID: DX50 | Bit rate: 1301 Kbps | Width: 800 pixels, Height: 340 pixels | Display aspect ratio: 2.35:1 | Frame rate: 23.976 fps | Audio Format: AC-3 | 6 channels
This film has been chosen to represent China at the upcoming 84th Oscar Awards in the Foreign Film category.
Synopsis: To call “Aftershock” a melodrama doesn’t really do it justice. Shortly after Feng Xiaogang’s film begins, a woman whose husband has just died in the devastating 1976 Tangshan earthquake looks up and screams: “God! You bastard!” And things go downhill from there. Before you know it, she has a Sophie’s choice to make involving her two trapped children and a concrete slab. These scenes, including a highly effective rendering of the earthquake, which killed an estimated 240,000 people, are dispatched quickly. But the pain is just beginning. Still to come are an adoption, an unexpected pregnancy, terminal illness, two amputations, three emotional reunions, four abandonments and more than 30 years of exquisite suffering, guilt and resentment, until a redemptive finale brought about by — it’s almost too good to be true — the 2008 Sichuan earthquake.The surprise is that while you’re aware that “Aftershock” is extracting tears with a sledgehammer, it doesn’t necessarily feel like abuse; it’s easy to let yourself go along with it. A lot of Chinese moviegoers did: “Aftershock” (the original title translates as “The Tangshan Earthquake”) is the highest-grossing domestic film in China’s history, its $100 million take since its release in July ranking it ahead of “The Founding of a Republic,” though still behind “Avatar.”
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