Tangshan da di zhen

Tangshan da di zhen

DVD - 2011 | Chinese
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Follows a family who became victims in the 1976 Tangshan earthquake. The father, Fang Daqiang, was crushed dead while trying to rescue his twin children, Fang Deng and Fang Da, who were trapped in the house. Unable to save both kids, the mother, Li Yuanni, is forced to sacrifice Fang Deng for her feeble younger brother Fang Da, a decision that proved agonizing for the entire family. Though left behind as dead, the little girl miraculously survives, unbeknownst to her family.
Publisher: New York : China Lion : Distributed by New Video, [2011]
ISBN: 9781422972021
142297202X
Branch Call Number: CHI 791.4372 T1647f2
Language Note: In Mandarin, with optional subtitles in English or traditional Chinese
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (135 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Aftershock [videorecording]

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vpl_multicultural May 11, 2011

This movie requires all-regions DVD player or computer 此碟片需全區碼DVD播放器或電腦播放


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bookie66
Aug 22, 2018

Incredible. Human spirit, family. Also wonderful insights into life of a family in China. I loved this movie even though it is based on the tragic losses in the earthquake. It's deeply moving.

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Annieoywong
Jan 25, 2017

An outstanding movie about the Tangshan Earthquake in China in 1976 and 240,000 people died. The father of one family was killed by the falling debris when he tried to save his twin kids trapped in the house. The mother had to make a fast decision - which child to rescue ? For by saving one the other would be crushed .
It is a sad but heart-warming movie that well worth watching !

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singidunum_25
Jan 16, 2017

Based on true events, with a remarkable story, this movie is not to be missed!

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Nursebob
Feb 12, 2016

Feng Xiaogang’s ambitious epic concentrates not so much on the immediate disaster, though the scenes of shaking and devastation are powerful enough, but rather on the story of one family torn apart by the quake after the husband is killed by falling debris. With her son Fang Da and daughter Fang Deng pinned under a concrete slab Yuanni is forced to choose which child to rescue, for by saving one the other will be crushed. A more apt title for the film would have been Aftermath. Make no mistake, this is an unabashed tearjerker replete with soaring strings, melodramatic performances, and an outrageous “coincidence” near the end; but Xiaogang does it so well you lose yourself in the story despite knowing you’re being manipulated by a master. The special effects are surprisingly effective and the cast is more than capable of saturating the big screen with enough heartache and pathos to keep you reaching for the kleenex. Even Vancouver has a guest cameo where the lone Caucasian actor is so horribly bad that his five simple lines threaten to bring the film’s momentum to a dead stop. A well-crafted genre film that kept me interested right up to the final credits. The only thing missing was SensurroundTM.

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ms_mustard
Dec 08, 2015

I was expecting a docu-drama, not a melo-drama with lots of CGI.
very hollywood-ish.

the circumstances and the losses of the earthquake were heartwrenching, but this movie did not ring with true emotion for me.

I usually agree with Rotten Tomatoes, but not this time.

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PeterRLD
Sep 08, 2015

The movie starts out with a truly amazing depiction of the earthquake. Then you get to the Sophie's Choice moment - the mother has to chose which twin to save, while the kids themselves can listen into the discussion. Heart-rending!

After that, you see the two kids being brought up, one by the mother and the other by loving foster-parents. Here the movie runs out of steam - the kids have their troubles, but I found myself much less engaged.

Finally, after what seems way too long comes the Hollywood-style ending. The ending is moving and finally resolves the bad feelings from the earthquake.

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ocgenapo
May 06, 2015

I'M A MAN!!!!
But it made me shed a tear. Good movie!

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akirakato
May 05, 2015

This is a 2010 Chinese disaster-drama directed by Feng Xiaogang.
Although it is about the disaster, it is actually human drama in its deepest sense.
It is a heart-wrenching, engaging, and profoundly moving yet heart-warming-at-the-end story.

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Nursebob
Dec 30, 2014

In the summer of 1976 a massive earthquake hit Tangshan leveling the city and killing 240,000 people. Feng Xiaogang’s ambitious epic concentrates not so much on the immediate disaster, though the scenes of shaking and devastation are powerful enough, but rather on the story of one family torn apart by the quake after the husband is killed by falling debris. With her son Fang Da and daughter Fang Deng pinned under a concrete slab Yuanni is forced to choose which child to rescue, for by saving one the other will be crushed. Covering the next 30 years in the lives of Yuanni and her son (unbeknownst to either one the daughter survives and is adopted) a more apt title for the film would have been Aftermath. Haunted by the memory of what she did Yuanni nevertheless manages to get her life back on track even after Fang Da grows up and starts a family of his own. Meanwhile, Fang Deng has never forgotten the choice her mother made all those years ago, a factor which has kept her from searching for either Yuanni or her brother. Fate, however, has other plans for the three of them... Make no mistake, this is an unabashed tearjerker replete with soaring strings, melodramatic performances, and an outrageous “coincidence” near the end; but Xiaogang does it so well you lose yourself in the story despite knowing you’re being manipulated by a master. The special effects are surprisingly effective and the cast is more than capable of saturating the big screen with enough heartache and pathos to keep you reaching for the kleenex. Even Vancouver has a guest cameo where the lone Caucasian actor is so horribly bad that his five simple lines threaten to bring the movie’s momentum to a dead stop. A well-crafted genre film that kept me interested right up to the final credits. The only thing missing was Sensurround™.

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BlueMoonGirl
Jun 08, 2013

Heartbreakingly, bittersweet tale spans decades. This is about a family separated by tragedy. Excellent movie.

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