Director Yung Chang uses the construction of China's massive Three Gorges Dam as a springboard to better understanding the social hierarchies and changing times in his homeland in this documentary focusing on the luxury cruise ship that carries predominately Western tourists down the Yangtze River. Constructed as a symbol of modern progress in China, the Three Gorges Dam has forced millions of common people out of their ancestral homes, and will soon swallow up numerous nearby towns and villages. Despite the fact that the government has funded alterative housing for the dislocated families, however, many citizens make their way to higher ground feeling as if they have been duped by the powers that be. In order to truly understand how this affects the people, Chang focuses on telling the stories of middle-class scion Chen Bo Yu (renamed "Jerry" by the cruise line) and Yu Shui (who answers to the call of "Cindy" while on duty). As the ship sets sail, this hard-working pair do their best to familiarize themselves with Western social cues, striving to perform to the best of their abilities, and ponder the prospects of a brighter future.
New anamorphic master, created from hi-def elements and enhanced for widescreen tvs; Twelve deleted scenes; Time-lapse flooding footage of the Yangtze River; 2006 Research Demo, Exploring the City of Zhaojia; Optional English Subtitles for the Deaf and Hearing Impaired and traditional Mandarin Subtitles; Stereo and 5.1 Surround soundtracks; Theatrical trailers
Disc #1 -- Up the Yangtze 1. Saying Goodbye [8:47] 2. Faux-Socialism [7:16] 3. Shipping Off [8:14] 4. "Cindy" and "Jerry" [6:02] 5. How to Talk to Westerners [8:36] 6. All of Them Are Happy [9:22] 7. Different Lives [8:37] 8. First in My Family [3:10] 9. The Superstar [4:35] 10. Unrecognizable [10:13] 11. End Credits [16:01]
Disc #1 -- Up the Yangtze Play the Movie Chapters Subtitles & Audio Subtitles English SDH: On/Off Traditional Mandarin Subtitles: On/Off Audio 2.0 Soundtrack: On 5.1 Soundtrack: On Special Features Time-Lapse Flood Footage Research Demo, Zhaojia, April 2006 Deleted Scenes Campbell He Ping - Intro Campbell He Ping - New Home Campbell He Ping - Dream Life Jerry Chen Bo Yu - Hot Pot With the Germans Jerry Chen Bo Yu - Home Life Jerry Chen Bo Yu - Kai Xian City Jerry Chen Bo Yu - Pirate Bar Tourists - Ghost Temple Tourists - Lecture on China White Crane Rock Cindy Yu Shui - College Scout The Actor Play All U.S. Theatrical Trailer Manufactured Landscapes Trailer
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This is documentary film making at it's finest, Yung Chang creates a feast for the eyes, even while discussing a difficult social reality. Franco Zefferelli said about good cinematography, you should be able to blow up any frame and mount it on your living room wall. For many of the segments of the film you could do just that.
This is a moving social commentary on China's evolution, filmed for the eyes, but written for the mind.
Yung Chang sets a new watermark for documentaries.