Aftershock is based on the novel of the same name by Chinese Canadian author Zhang Ling. An intimate epic, the film sweeps across three crucial decades in recent Chinese history and explores the resilience of a family devastated by 1976 Tangshan earthquake.
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Shoots for tear-jerk melodrama but, with a few exceptions, fails to be as affecting as apparently hoped. Not a bad movie - and well filmed, so it's a good looking movie - but ultimately, rather ordinary. The performances are good with the exception of the one white guy whose delivery is painfully stilted.