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Up the Yangtze

HD   NR Closed Captioning

Yung Chang

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About the Movie

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.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 52
  • Fresh: 50
  • 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. – Stephen Holden, New York Times, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Filmmaker Yung Chang finds a sad and beautiful way to glimpse the big picture of dislocation through an exquisitely poised small study. – Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: One of the real pluses of Up the Yangtze, aside from its empathy with its subjects, is its striking visual quality. – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, Jun 24, 2010

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. – Andrew O'Hehir,, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Beautiful doc

Touching and real. Great juxtapositioning.

Up the Yangtze
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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2007

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