Up the Yangtze

Genre:  Documentary
Running Time:  93 min.
Release Date: February 8, 2008 (limited)
DVD: October 7, 2008

Current rating: Rating: 3.89
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Cast: Cindy Yu Shui, Jerry Chen Bo Yu


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.

  Canadian Connection: The direcor, Yung Chang, is a Canadian filmmaker based in Montreal.

Director: Yung Chang
Studio: KinoSmith
Producer(s): Germaine Ying-Gee Wong, Mila Aung-Thwin, John Christou
Screenplay: Yung Chang
Official Site: www.uptheyangtze.com

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  • 1 star "I had seen a documentary produced by the Chinese Govt. that showed more than one family as well as the positive and negative feelings of the Chinese people. To me this film was concentrating on one families struggle. The other boy who also was working on the cruise ship was just dropped in the middle of the film. I was bit disappointed."
  • 1 star "Although the photography was excellet, the film failed to capture the effects of the gorges getting built on the Yangtze river.The film was focused on one family only. Since it a documentary film, it shuould show more than one side of the story. The director should have shown the positive and negative affects of the gorges on the Chinese people. I felt the film was about one struggling family China not what kind of effects the Chinise public facing because of the gorges getting built on the river Yangtze."