I’m sure everyone has heard about the traffic jam outside of Beijing, but did you know that it “miraculously” cleared up? The funny thing is, when Letterman started joking about it last night during the monologue and I realized how much of an embarrassment this would be to the Powers That Be in Beijing, I looked at RK and said, “It will be gone by morning. They aren’t going to let this remain a joke.” He didn’t think so. Perhaps I should have made a little wager with him about it. Reading between the lines, it sounds like officials let more trucks into Beijing than they normally would in order to clear some of it up, they are routing some traffic over different routes, and are also keeping people off of the road from the origin point. So, the traffic problem hasn’t been truly fixed, but the vehicles on the road are gone, the highway no longer looks like a huge parking lot with people playing games in the shade under the trucks, so the media coverage (and jokes) will stop.
There is a “blockbuster” Chinese movie out called Aftershock, a movie spanning the time between the Tangshan earthquake and the Sichuan earthquake.
Mr. Feng’s real-life wife, Xu Fan, plays Li Yuanni, who in the aftermath of the Tangshan earthquake is faced with a parent’s nightmare decision: Rescuers tell her they can save only one of her 7-year-old twins, both buried in the rubble. Hysterical with grief, she chooses her son, Fang Da, who is rescued, though he loses an arm. The daughter, Fang Deng (Zhang Zifeng), is recovered later, and pronounced dead; the frantic and despondent mother puts her beside the corpse of her husband, then carries their son to find medical help. But the little girl is actually still alive, and when she’s found later by a childless couple—army doctors—they assume she’s an earthquake orphan, adopt her and take her away. Decades pass, another earthquake strikes, and brother (now a successful businessman, played by Li Chen) and sister (a doctor, played by Zhang Jingchu) both head for Sichuan as volunteers.
I’ve tried to look around the ‘net, see what is being said. There are some people who are upset that more of the history of the time isn’t talked about. I’ve also found a review that talks about the mother choosing the son over the daughter, given from the viewpoint of a young lady who feels pain at that, and talks about how it feels to be a tier under her brothers, simply because she is a girl.
A less emotional review can be found here.
Here are two of the trailers.