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WSJ Review of Aftermath: China's Blockbuster about the Tangshan and Sichuan Earthquake

Many film-industry insiders believe that "Aftershock," playing on an unprecedented 4,000-plus screens in China, could become the first Chinese film to break 500 million yuan (about US$74 million) at the box office. An ambitious, emotionally charged, occasionally melodramatic tale, "Aftershock" spans two of China's most famous earthquakes: the Tangshan quake that killed 250,000 people in 1976 and the Sichuan quake that killed 87,000 in 2008.