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Tangshan, 1976. Two seven-year-old twins are buried under the rubble of the deadliest earthquake of the 20th century. The rescue team explains to their mother that freeing either child will almost certainly result in the death of the other. Forced to make the most difficult decision of her life, she finally chooses to save her son. Though left behind as dead, the little girl miraculously survives, unbeknownst to her brother and mother. AFTERSHOCK follows the family on their separate journeys over the course of the next 32 years, as they build lives forever shadowed by the traumatic experience of the earthquake, and eventually face each other and the decisions of the past.
The acclaimed epic that broke all box-office records in China, AFTERSHOCK Featuring an all-star cast including Jingchu Zhang (Rush Hour 3) and Daoming Chen (Hero), AFTERSHOCK shines with its powerful exploration of how one moment can change a family s life forever.
- In Mandarin, Tangshan and English with English and Chinese subtitles
With nuanced performances, each moment rips with cinematic humanity. --bet
A touching family drama with an earth shattering historical backdrop. --Hollywood Reporter
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The Tangshan earthquake lasted slightly less than a minute, killed 250,000 people. Before the earthquake fish jumped out of aquariums. 89% of the buildings in Tangshan were reduced to rubble, and a million people were left homeless. Aftershock tracks the story of one family, and its effect on them.
A young mother is faced with a crushing dilemma. Both her six year old twin children are trapped under a huge concrete beam. One cannot be rescued without the other being crushed to death. We don't know if another aftershock will kill both of them at any moment. She decides to save her son. She lays the daughter next to the body of her husband believing her dead. However, the daughter regains consciousness, and is adopted by a soldier and his wife. The mother, believing her daughter dead has to live with the consequences of her decision. The daughter faded in and out of consciousness during the rescue, we don't know how much she heard of rescue attempt. However, her subsequent behavior offers clues.
So we follow their lives from then to the present day. We understand their suffering because it makes sense, there are mysteries within the movie, such as will daughter and mother ever be reunited, or will the twin siblings ever be reunited. We hope that for the sake of the story it will happen, but the fact that the daughter marries and moves to Canada seems to indicate otherwise.
Aftershock, is cinematic storytelling at its best. We don't have understand Chinese to fell gripped by the emotions that are unfolding onscreen.Read more ›
If I had my druthers, I would have wanted to go into the film without knowing the major components of its plot. However, some of the details seem to be inescapable if you look at any of the marketing material, advertising, or product descriptions. The film does begin with a spectacular sequence recreating the Tangshan quake. It's a realistic and harrowing depiction that would stand on par to any contemporary special effects you'd see in Hollywood blockbusters. But this is no empty headed disaster film (which I love), but something much more heartfelt and affecting. On this fateful evening, a family of four is divided and it's not until 32 years later where they will all understand the truth of the night.Read more ›
This is not a fast-moving film, it's a contemplative one. The tragedy of the earthquake is unbearably sad, but the film is redemptive. The screenplay, acting, cinematography and musical score are all top-notch. It would be very difficult to find anything to critique.
The time period shifts to 1995 where the daughter plans to study medicine, but through another course in her life, must leave those studies. Meanwhile the son and his mother live together, and mother suffers greatly with the idea of the choice she made. The son lives with being a handicap and as he grows to be a man, his concern for his mother's well-being is evident over her long-term grief.
This is clearly a grand movie, very well done, from the musical score, the earthquake visuals, the images of thousands of people, to the acting of the main characters. The landscape is vivid and spectacular.
But most of all, the story is well-done, with a strong theme of grief by the mother, and the abandonment by the daughter. The connection of grief the mother carries for years is juxtapose to the longtime feeling of unwantedness by the daughter. There is nothing rushed about the movie, giving the viewer time to absorb the characters, to feel the moods, to acknowledge the relationships, to understand the emotional turmoil that lives in people.
Excellent film, on a grand scale! ..... Rizzo
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I can't watch it on my DVD player. It says its a European version so it won't play. Not happy at all!Published 27 days ago by Amazon Customer
The story and the acting were superb, which is an understatement. I have never watched a subtitled movie. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Cherylanne
Keeps you hooked from the beginning to the end.
A MUST WATCH.
EXCELLENT MOVIE, THE STORY AND PERFORANCES OF THE ACTORS AND ACTRESSES TOO,Published 10 months ago by Elizabeth
An excellent movie. Many of my friends were in tears while watching this movie. I had to tell them that I shed a few too while watching.Published 11 months ago by James Blackley
Great movie. I do like the special effects used on the earthquake scenes, they looked very real. I liked the actors performance as well.Published 12 months ago by Sandra B
It played perfectly and we are completely satisfied with our purchase! :o)Published 12 months ago by Michael
Sad, moving tale of the aftermath of the largest earthquake in the history of the world.Published 15 months ago by GossamerWillow