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.
Good, suprising, emotionally breathtaking, lever in expossing moral dilemma. Soviet in shooting style, a bit extra-patriotic at times and better understood with an understanding of Chinese political history. Feels like made for a domestic and maybe even more for a diaspora audience.