China has named its candidate film for the foreign-language Oscar competition. Aftershock (唐山大地震), directed by Feng Xiaogang (馮小剛), will represent mainland China, the Film Bureau confirmed.
Aftershock is the biggest grossing Chinese language film of all time and is a touching melodrama about the separation of families following the 1976 Tangshan earthquake. The other shortlisted film was Zhang Yimou’s (張藝謀) recent Under The Hawthorn Tree (山楂樹之戀).
By Patrick Frater, Film Business Asia, 30 September 2010.