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I Wish I Knew

Directed by Jia Zhangke

Release: 2010
Runtime: 119
Country: China
Language: Mandarin with English subtitles

Shanghai's past and present flow together in Jia Zhangke's poetic and poignant portrait of this fast-changing port city. Restoring censored images and filling in forgotten facts, Jia provides an alternative version of 20th century China's fraught history as reflected through life in the Yangtze city.He builds his narrative through a series of eighteen interviews with people from all walks of life-politicians' children, ex-soldiers, criminals, and artists (including Taiwanese master Hou Hsiao-hsien)-- while returning regularly to the image of his favorite lead actress, Zhao Tao, wandering through the Shanghai World Expo Park. (The film was commissioned by the World Expo, but is anything but a piece of straightforward civic boosterism.) A richly textured tapestry full of provocative juxtapositions.

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  • Aspect Ratio: 2.00:1
  • Color: Color
  • Formats: Blu-ray, DVD

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Venue City State Date
CineCina New York 1600228800September 16 - September 25, 2020