Up the Yangtze (2008) Trailer
In China, it is simply known as The River. But the Yangtzeand all of the life that surrounds itis undergoing a truly astonishing transformation wrought by the largest hydroelectric project in history, the Three Gorges Dam. Canadian documentary filmmaker Yung Chang returns to the gorgeous, now-disappearing landscape of his grandfathers youth to trace the surreal life of a farewell cruise that traverses the gargantuan waterway.
With Altmanesque narrative agility, a humanist gaze and wry wit, Changs Upstairs Downstairs approach beautifully captures the microcosmic society of the luxury liner. Below deck: A bewildered young girl trains as a dishwashersent to work by her peasant family, who is on the verge of relocation from the encroaching floodwaters. Above deck: A phalanx of wealthy international tourists set sail to catch a last glance of a country in dramatic flux. The teenaged employees who serve and entertain themnow tagged with new Westernized names like Cindy and Jerry by upper managementwarily grasp at the prospect of a more prosperous future.
Singularly moving and cinematically breathtaking, Up the Yangtze gives a human dimension to the wrenching changes facing not only an increasingly globalized China, but the world at large.
- Posted: May 09, 2008
- Director: Yung Chang
- Writer: Yung Chang
- Studio: Zeitgeist Films
- Release: April 25, 2008
- Cast: Jerry Bo Yu Chen, Campbell Ping He, Cindy Shui Yu
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