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I Wish I Knew

Hai shang chuan qi

Directed by Jia Zhangke
China, 2010
Documentary, History


Focuses on the people, their stories and architecture spanning from the mid-1800s, when Shanghai was opened as a trading port, to the present day.

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I Wish I Knew Directed by Jia Zhangke
Even without access to all that it references, “I Wish I Knew” functions as an admirable cinematic tone poem about a place and its times. 
January 24, 2020
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Weaving a beautiful, dreamlike path through history, I Wish I Knew is less documentary as essay film than documentary as prose poem.
January 23, 2020
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There are moments in the Chinese director Jia Zhangke’s “I Wish I Knew” when you feel agreeably unmoored. Beguiling images flicker across the screen and an unidentified woman (Zhao Tao, Jia’s wife and usual star) snaps open a hand fan. Later, she wanders through enigmatic, rubbly landscapes like an Antonioni heroine.
January 23, 2020
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