In the News

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.

You can read more about it here. And there is a good synopsis of the movie here. If you plan to see the movie you probably don’t want to read the Wikipedia link.

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.


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9 Responses to “In the News”

  1. fjm Says:

    Interesting. Also, the choice the mother made. Might want to re-read Sophie’s Choice again as well. The “choice” unfortunately, and through the years, is not limited to China.

    I couldn’t imagine making such a choice, boy or girl. And because in this circumstance, the choice must be made, it is clear that the choice, once made, destroys the one who made it for life.

    Maybe I am not making sense but just thinking about such a thing gives me chills. Always has.

  2. imajine Says:

    Will this movie play in the US?

  3. RumorQueen Says:

    My guess is that it will eventually be available on DVD with subtitles, but I don’t see where it’s scheduled to play on our screens here. That doesn’t mean that it won’t eventually make it to limited screens here. Plus, with it being available in IMAX it could also be made available in some limited IMAX theaters. It just depends on whether someone thinks there will be a market for it here.

  4. KarenInCa Says:

    Would love to see it. The trailer really drags you in. Watching the girl reminds me a bit of “Joy Luck Club” If anyone has not see that movie, I would urge you to see that as well. We watched it recently, and would watch it again. Thanks for the preview.

  5. violet Says:

    my bet is that it will appear at some of the indie theaters or one of the international film fests in 2011…

  6. KarenInCa Says:

    A little off topic. Another interesting watch is “Eve and the Fire Horse”, a Canadian film about a Chinese family moving from China to Canada, and how the children try to make sense of the differences in culture.

  7. upyernoz Says:

    so is the traffic jam a metaphor for the IA wait? when will that jam “miraculously clear up”? maybe we need to get letterman on it.

  8. caroline3636 Says:

    I just watched the movie online at http://www.asian-horror-movies-com for free its 129 min long and is excellent!!!!!!!!!!, subtitled of course.Idont have the patience for it to hit the US cinemas
    over here and found this site accidently while trying to see if i could pre order it.There are one or two corny “i could have seen that comming a mile ” parts but what movie doesnt.

  9. caroline3636 Says:

    oops that should be