Aftershock Review

During the Tangshan Earthquake of 1976, a mother is forced to choose which of her children is saved from the rubble, since rescue teams fear that rescuing one will kill the other. She chooses her son - but her daughter survives and grows up apart from her family, until they meet again 30 years later...

by Simon Crook |
Published on
Release Date:

12 Nov 2010

Running Time:

135 minutes



Original Title:


With the CG demolition over in the first act, this Chinese epic about the 1976 Tangshan earthquake settles into an absorbing three-decade saga, raking through the emotional debris of a family torn apart. For once, it’s the characters that move, not the earth, and it puts Emmerich’s cartoon destructathons to shame.

An epic and heartbreaking take on the Sophie's Choice dilemma.
Just so you know, whilst we may receive a commission or other compensation from the links on this website, we never allow this to influence product selections - read why you should trust us