- CNTV English - CCTV News

Documentary film about Shanghai premieres

07-01-2010 09:36 BJT

Watch Video

Play Video

Award winning director Jia Zhangke's latest film "I Wish I Knew" has premiered in Shanghai, the topical city of the film. Jia's documentaries are known for their laid-back unassuming style. And this time is no exception as he tells stories about Shanghai.

Hong Kong actor Bowie Lam, mainland actress Li Lin, and actor Xu Zheng were on hand at the premiere of Jia Zhangke's new film "I Wish I Knew," a documentary film about Shanghai.

Some of the people interviewed in the film also attended the premiere; they are the children and grandchildren of old Shanghai's moguls, stars, or revolutionary martyrs, including film star Shangguan Yuzhu's son Wei Ran.

Wei Ran said, "I simply told a piece of history about my mother and my family. It's only a bead in a long river, I mean the one-hundred-year-long history of Shanghai. But I hope the bead can reflect light, making people not forget."

Poster of Jia Zhangke's latest film "I Wish I Knew"
Poster of Jia Zhangke's latest film "I Wish I Knew"

Using the interviews of eighteen people as the main thread, the film portrays the ups and downs of Shanghai during the past one-hundred years. Others interviewed include the grandson of the King of Gourmet Powder Zhang Yiyun, and old Shanghai mogul Du Yuesheng's daughter.

Director Jia Zhangke interviewed more than eighty people, those not included in the film will be featured in a TV series and a book with the same title as the film.

Jia Zhangke said, "The eighteen people can't epitomize Shanghai over the past one-hundred years. But I hope the film can serve as a starting point for people to search and learn about the city's history."

The interview of young writer and car racer Han Han was used at the end of the film, symbolizing an energetic modern Shanghai. "I Wish I Knew" goes into general release across China on Friday.

Editor:Liu Fang |Source:

Hot Videos view more

The celebrations are still continuing as the victorious coach, Joachim Loew, has been honored for his achievement in his hometown of Freiburg.
Germany coach Loew honored in hometown of Freiburg

Chinese men´s national team continued its preparations for next year´s Asian Cup, as they managed a one-all draw against visitors Jordan during a football friendly in Harbin, the capital city of Northeast China´s Heilongjiang Province.
China held to 1-1 draw by Jordan

The defending world champs came into the contest with a perfect 6-and-oh record, but they would be in for a tough first half before opening things up in the second.
USA beat Slovenia 119-76 in quarter-finals

Hot Stories more

UK authorities believe killer of James Foley is a British national

Across the UK the hunt is on for James Foley’s killer, who authorities believe is a British national. As Richard Bestic reports from London, Prime Minister David Cameron cut short his summer break to lead his government’s response.

Israeli war jets renews Gaza strike as truce talks stalled

Three Palestinians were killed and 40 others wounded in the intensive Israeli war jets´ airstrikes on the Gaza city on Tuesday night, shortly before an end of a 24-hour ceasefire in the Gaza Strip,

Missouri police arrest dozens after violent night

As the protests in the town of Ferguson, Missouri turned violent with police facing ´heavy gunfire´ from some ´criminal elements´, cops fired tear gas, stun grenades and arrested 31 demonstrators on Monday night.

Picture in news more

More Video News

Choose TV Program