‘I Wish I Knew:’ Jia Zhangke’s Doc Is A Bold Look At Shanghai’s History By One Of Cinema’s Great Masters [Review]

Published on Feb 13, 2020

‘I Wish I Knew:’ Jia Zhangke’s Doc Is A Bold Look At Shanghai’s History By One Of Cinema’s Great Masters [Review]

During the height of China’s Cultural Revolution, circa 1972, a man named Zhu Qiansheng was given an assignment. He was informed that a famous, European film director, Michelangelo Antonioni, would be making a film about his home country. Having supposedly been invited by the first Premier of the People’s Republic of China, himself, Zhu was instructed to make sure the filmmaker had whatever he needed. After only two days of shooting, Zhu started growing increasingly concerned by the content Antonioni seemed attracted to.

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Author: Andrew Bundy