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The Henan province disaster was one of the darkest moments in 20th-century Chinese history a humanitarian crisis first sparked by drought, then compounded by a combination of windstorms, government corruption, and a war with Japan. In the midst of the devastation, an American journalist (Adrian Brody) searches for answers, and slowly comes to understand that there may be a greater connection between these tragedies and his political theories than he once thought. Starring Brody, Zhang Guoli, and Tim Robbins, this tragic retelling of events is based on Liu Zhengyun's bestselling novel Remembering 1942. Director Feng Xiaogang follows up his blockbuster real-life disaster movie AFTERSHOCK with this unflinching portrayal of one of the darkest times in China's WWII history, resulting in a loss of at least three million people.
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This movie is brilliantly balanced between all sides, from the government to the international community, as well of course our main characters as they trek on a journey beyond what most of us can ever understand. It was a very hard task the creators of this movie had, and they executed it beautifully.
For a long time the wealthy and the government oppressed and exploited others of their own and it is very sad to know this. And there were even things regarding people resorted to cannibalism in order to just stay alive. It is not like they wanted to.
As humans, we should regard every life as valuable, but this film showed how some were so cruel and indifferent. But, the compassion of one American journalist was good and he did help bring about help to some of the people who were left or survived.
Sometimes people in government positions think they are so high and mighty and it extends to all governments of every nation and they can lose touch with the reality of most people they are governing. Very good, but horrifyingly sad movie.