I Wish I Knew (Hai shang chuan qi)
I Wish I Knew (Hai shang chuan qi) (2010)

Filmmaker Jia Zhangke offers a personal look into the history of Shanghai, one of China's most exciting and diverse cities, in this documentary. While Shanghai is a city of no small historical importance in China, in Haishang Chuanqi… More

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Richard Brody
New Yorker

The poignant historical ironies of the Chinese director Jia Zhangke's documentary, commissioned by last year's Shanghai World Expo, begin with the title...

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Liz Braun
Jam! Movies

The film works like a sort of fast-forward of the city's past over the last 75 years, and in addition to the wealth of cultural and historical detail, there are things in the film that seem to welcome contemporary political interpretation.

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Guy Dixon
Globe and Mail

The pacing is steady. The stories are told simply, with zero affectation or buildup by the director. The effect is astonishing.

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Andrew Schenker
House Next Door

I Wish I knew is a rich, multi-faceted city film that challenges viewers to make sense of the various scraps that the filmmaker artfully arranges for our consideration.

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