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Christopher Webster [Celluloid 04.17.10] China movie news drama

Aftershocks (Tangshan Dadizheng) is an upcoming Chinese disaster film about the real devastating 1976 Tangshan Earthquake that killed over 240,000 people. Directed by Xiaogang Feng (The Dream Factory, Happy Funeral, A World Without Thieves), it looks to be a stunning and emotionally charged epic.

When a mother is informed by a rescue team that, since her 7-year old twins are buried under the debris close to each other, digging one out would result in the collapse of the wreckage on the other, she is forced to make the most difficult decision of her life. Based around the devastating Tangshan Earthquake of 1976.

I'm skeptical about whether the storyline is based on anything real. Seems more like they wrote a "Sophie's Choice" style narrative to give the disaster a mythic emotional core (sort of like how Cameron used Romeo and Juliet for Titanic). Having said that, there's no denying the resonance of the images in the trailer. This is stunning stuff.

Trailer (via: firstshowing) after the break.

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