I Wish I Knew

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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... read more
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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.

Original Release

07/02/2010

Cast

Zhao Tao
Hsin-i Chang Herself (as Chang Hsin-I)
Danqing Chen Himself
Mei-Ru Du Herself (as Du Mei-Ru)
Ming-yi Fei Herself (as Barbara Fei)
Han Han Himself
Baomei Huang Herself (as Huang Baomei)
Chia-Tung Lee Himself (as Lee Chia-Tung)
Wei Li Himself (archive footage)
Giong Lim
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Zhangke Jia

Writers

Zhangke Jia

Cast

Zhao Tao
Hsin-i Chang Herself (as Chang Hsin-I)
Danqing Chen Himself
Mei-Ru Du Herself (as Du Mei-Ru)
Ming-yi Fei Herself (as Barbara Fei)
Han Han Himself
Baomei Huang Herself (as Huang Baomei)
Chia-Tung Lee Himself (as Lee Chia-Tung)
Wei Li Himself (archive footage)
Giong Lim
Rebecca Pan Herself
Yunzhu Shangguan Shuihua Shang (archive footage)
Peimin Wang Herself
Toon Wang Himself (as Wang Toon)
Xiao-he Wang Himself (archive footage)
Ran Wei Himself (as Wei Ran)
Wei Wei Herself
Fang Xie Chunhua Zhu (archive footage)
Cai-gen Xu Jin Shui (archive footage)
Huaiding Yang Himself (as Yang Huaiding)
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