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Aftershock or Aftershocks (ChinesepinyinTángshān Dàdìzhèn) is an upcoming 2010 Chinese drama film directed by Feng Xiaogang. The film stars Xu Fan and Zhang Jingchu, with a supporting cast including Li Chen.[2] Scheduled for release in China on July 22, 2010, it will be the first IMAX film created outside the US.


In the aftermath of the 1976 Tangshan earthquake, a rescue team informs a mother that her seven-year-old twins Da and Deng are trapped together under a slab of concrete. Lifting the slab in any way will kill one of her children - lifting it one way will save the daughter at the expense of her son; lifting it the other will save the son at the expense of her daughter. Heartbroken, she is forced to choose between her children, and finally decides to save the boy. Her decision, however, is overheard by her daughter, who whispers "Ma..." as the screen goes black. The mother clings to her daughter's body before being pulled away to take care of Da, "her one child who still lives." Later, in the midst of the rains following the earthquake, Deng wakes up in a sea of bodies, next to the body of her father. Reluctant to be returned to the woman who chose to abandon her, Deng is adopted, but remains emotionally scarred.

In 2008, she volunteers to join rescuers in the wake of the Sichuan earthquake and returns to China. Through the experience, she finds forgiveness for her family, and reunites with her mother and twin brother after 32 years.

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review by . January 01, 2011
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4 ½ Stars: What Would You Do, When You Have To Choose Who Lives And Who Dies?
Disaster movies have always been tagged and made as something other than what they should be, and sometimes more. A) They are sometimes tagged as a spectacle with little respect for the reality behind the story. (Example: “Titanic”) B) Something to appease “popcorn entertainment” sensibilities through the use of special effects (Example: “2012“, “Volcano”) C) To display the strength of the human spirit and their ability to do heroic deeds (Example: …
review by . August 05, 2010
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A little girl & A teddy bear
It is interesting how themes in a movie are used repeatedly. It is however astonishing to find two similar themes appearing one after another, within the span of a few hours, in two very different kinds of movies I picked. One is in a Chinese real event story while another in an animated American make-belief movie. How is that for one in a million chance of that happening? Well, it did for me a few days ago.      The two movies I’m referring to are “Aftershock” …
Quick Tip by . July 30, 2010
An excellent movie which spans 2 earthquakes (1976 Tangshan earthquake which killed more than 1/4 million people & 2008 Sichuan earthquake which killed almost 70,000, injured over 1/4 million & made 4.8 million homeless). The movie is not about earthquakes per se but centered on the story of people who survived the earthquake instead. Very touching movie. Highly recommended!
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