In case you have yet to move your butt to Expo to watch Jia Zhangke’s “I Wish I Knew,” 《海上传奇》, hopefully this newer English trailer will get you going. Last month, we posted the Chinese version after he appeared at a Shanghai Foreign Correspondents Club event to talk about the film, which was released to coincide with the ongoing World Expo.
From the Vimeo site summary:
Shanghai, a fast-changing metropolis, a port city where people come and go.
Shanghai has hosted all kinds of people – revolutionaries, capitalists, politicians, soldiers, artists, and gangsters. Shanghai has also hosted revolutions, assassinations, love stories.
After the Chinese Communists’ victory in 1949, thousands of Shanghaiers left for Hong Kong and Taiwan. To leave meant being separated from home for thirty years; to stay meant suffering through the Cultural Revolution and China’s other political disasters.
Eighteen people from these three cities – Shanghai, Taipei and Hong Kong – recall their lives in Shanghai. Their personal experiences, like eighteen chapters of a novel, tell stories of Shanghai lives from the 1930s to 2010.
An eternally wandering soul returns to Shanghai and, walking along the banks of the Huangpu River, awakens to all the changes the city has undergone.
The 125-minute movie plays at the Expo Culture Center, located in Zone A of the Expo grounds, and is probably one of the best things to see while there.