Up the Yangtze
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A luxury cruise boat motors up the Yangtze - navigating the mythic waterway known in China simply as "The River." The Yangtze is about to be transformed by the biggest hydroelectric dam in history. At the river's edge - a young woman says goodbye to her family as the floodwaters rise towards their small homestead. The Three Gorges Dam - contested symbol of the Chinese economic miracle - provides the epic backdrop for UP THE YANGTZE, a dramatic feature documentary on life inside modern China.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 51
- Fresh: 49
- Rotten: 2
- Average Rating: 7.7/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: An astonishing documentary of culture clash and the erasure of history amid China's economic miracle.
Fresh: Filmmaker Yung Chang finds a sad and beautiful way to glimpse the big picture of dislocation through an exquisitely poised small study.
Fresh: One of the real pluses of Up the Yangtze, aside from its empathy with its subjects, is its striking visual quality.
Fresh: Yung Chang is a Canadian director whose grandparents came from China, and his witty, lovely and profoundly unsettling documentary Up the Yangtze takes him back to the legendary river of his grandfather's homeland, now transformed beyond recognition.
Brings documentary-stye story to life. Are the characters real? Yes. Is the situation extraordinary? Yes. Typical hollywood ending? No. As in real life there is no ending just valuable questions. This director's exceptional visual effects and honest character studies are wonderfully refreshing and insightful. Completely worthwhile.
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A last look at a disappearing way of life
Young Chang provides a rare look at a way of life about to disappear forever under the waters of the Yangtze, thanks to progress and the Three Gorges Dam.