“July 27, 1976 Tangshan” Dad, fast. Look! Dragonflies! There are too many. I don’t even want to chase them Dad, why are there so many dragonflies? A storm must be approaching Dad, I want a popsicle

Let’s get off Go with your brother and take this fan home Tell mom I’m going to the factory I’ll come back home later Are six pennies enough? Enough Be careful Two milk popsicles, please Ying Tong, let’s go Give it to me Ying Tong’s brother stole my popsicle Fang Da! Hurry, run – How dare you? – Hurry, run Run home. Don’t let him catch you Hurry Fang Da, run faster Hurry. Come on Slow down What are you carrying Dad bought a fan Blow it on me. Blow it on me Hold on I have to plug it in first Fang Da, Don’t get your hand caught in the fan Get down! How’s this? Good First me No, first let it blow on mom Mom’s all hot from cooking We can all cool off together Mom, feel better? Yes, it’s cooler You two cool off Don’t put your hands inside Okay Nice and cool Don’t move Dad has two watches now Dad, What time do you want it to be? Seven Okay I bought two new book bags for you I want the Tiananmen Square one I want the Great Wall one Don’t turn it off It’s hot But you can’t let it blow on you like that Come here Mom’s got to put powder on you Mom, I want to eat a tomato I do too Just a minute My gosh, look Look at the new book bags Mom bought you They’re a bit large for you These are for you to use when you’re in the 6th grade There’s only one left Fang Deng, let your brother have it Mom, Fang Da ate it all I want some too It’s all gone Mom will buy some for you tomorrow Liar I’m not lying You can count on Mom Okay? Having twins is strange They both go potty at the same time If one snacks on sunflower seeds, so will the other They’re not imitating each another It’s really interesting So fascinating They’re still a bit lonely Other kids pick on them I really want one more

You do? Sure We were scared to death when you had the twins You want to do it again Sure, why not Too bad I can’t get pregnant I’m happy with one son and one daughter People can see us Go to the back Hurry You bad boy Come here What are you laughing at? It’s so hot We’re probably the only ones in Tangshan doing this Everyone must be hot, So no one can fall asleep Just got off work? Yes See you tomorrow Why is the truck shaking? Why’s the sky purple? What’s going on? Hurry and get off Earthquake. It’s an earthquake! My children Run Mom! Dad! Mom! Fang Da, run. Run The crane is going to fall! Come here! Mom!

I’m coming! Mom! Dad! What are you doing? Da Qiang Zhiguo! Help! Can anyone help us? Da Qiang, don’t give up I’m here Yuan Ni is here Da Qiang Hold on Stay with me Da Qiang, hold on Da Qiang Here it comes again Da Qiang God You bastard Dad. Mom Sister Dad, save me Sister Mom Save me Mom Save me Why did you push me away Why’d you leave me by myself? Da Qiang!

There are children here. Hurry, help Yuan Ni. It’s Fang Da Fang Da! – Where are you? – Here. Over here Fang Da Mom, I want out I don’t want to stay here Be good. Don’t cry Mom’s here We’ll get you out soon My arm hurts. It’s killing me Mom, I want to get out of here Don’t cry. Mom’s right here Where’s your sister? Is she next to you? I can’t see her I can hear her knocking on the stone Fang Da, hold on Hold on I can see Fang Deng A concrete slab is on top of them Where? Underneath – Take a look – Let me see Fang Deng! Fang Deng, say something Fang Deng! Mister I beg you all I beg you Their dad Their dad is already gone If my kids aren’t saved, I can’t go on living I beg you I’ll do anything you want for the rest of my life I’ll be your servant, okay? Stop crying! We’ll find a solution First, we’ll remove the slab Hurry and get a crowbar One, two, three I’ll go get a pole One, two, three Hurry up I can’t hear them anymore You can only save one Hurry and make up your mind They both have to be saved You still don’t understand? A concrete slab is on top of them both One side’s on your daughter The other side’s on your son If we lift up here, the slab will crush your daughter If we lift up the other side, then the slab will crush your son Hurry and make up your mind You can only save one Both have to be saved They both have to be saved My gosh We can only lift up one side of the concrete slab I beg you. Save them both Hurry and make up your mind I beg you. Save them both Save them both I beg you Hurry up We can’t hear them anymore Stop waiting. If you wait, both will be gone Save them both Yuan Ni, have you finally decided Which one? Someone’s alive here. Come, help! We have to go rescue more people over there Mister Save my son Which one? Save my son Hurry, save the son Mom Forgive mom Fang Deng, Forgive mom Fang Da, Say something Yuan Ni, You should first save the one who is still alive We can’t do anything about the dead Look, he’s not saying anything He’s not making a sound Hurry and take him to the Tangshan airport The People’s Liberation Army’s medical teams are there Get going If you don’t hurry it’ll be too late Hurry up Hey kid, Where’s your family?

Where are your parents? Any family members left? Don’t worry I’ll take you home That one The girl whose head is lowered She’s not too old? Five or six She remembers everything She’s the prettiest She can be an actress when she grows up She’s pretty I’m afraid she’ll be hard to bring up I’ve asked her many times, But she can’t remember anything It shouldn’t be hard to develop a relationship with her It’s just that These children have been through so much It will take some time Are you sure she’s an orphan? Her photo was posted in the emergency rescue office For such a long time No relative contacted her Without anyone having contacted her, she should be an orphan Of course one can’t say for sure I don’t want to end up losing her I understand You can think it over Whenever you have a chance, you can come and see her Please hurry with the paperwork Fine Please do what you can You are doing a good thing She doesn’t have any problems, does she? We haven’t found any problems But She doesn’t like to speak I think she’s just fine Salute!

Learn from the heroes of the earthquake rescue Honor the soldiers of the earthquake rescue Ya Ya, What do you think? Our army is like a large revolutionary family Everyone will become like family to you You’re always carrying her. Let me carry her Don’t worry. I’m not tired That’s not it I want to carry her Ya Ya, Go to mommy I’ll take her I’ve got her Look We live in the apartment up there We’re home Ya Ya, This is where mom and dad live Don’t be afraid We don’t have earthquakes here Ya Ya, Look This is your room We got this room ready just for you Do you like it? Come here Later, We’ll take a shower, Change into clean clothes She just got here. It’s all new to her Don’t worry The whole way here She didn’t say a single word Could she be mute? Don’t make things up If a stray cat or dog couldn’t eat anything for two days What can you expect of a child who nearly died? Look Isn’t she listening to us? Mom Sister Why’d you come here? Mom Fang Da, Say hi to your grandma and aunt Hi grandma. Hi aunt You were waiting a long time Hard to find No one knew where to find you Let’s go inside Yuan Ni Let us take Fang Da back with us His last name is Fang. He’s my grandson We should take care of him You’re still young I’ve thought about it You can move on with your life Mom You can’t just kick me out of the family like this Fang Da is so pitiful With only one hand He can carry a book but not a pen Or a pen but not a book

I can take good care of Fang Da The teacher said he can enroll in school He can go to school in Jinan It’s better than going to school in Tangshan Look at it here. When will the new buildings be finished? Yuan Ni How about this You and Fang Da Can both go to Jinan You can look for a job if you want If you don’t want to work You can stay at home with your child Our family Won’t let you two feel neglected I know you want to help me But I can’t go anywhere Why are you so stubborn! We’re thinking about you. You have to keep us in mind too Mom Mom, don’t worry. Fang Da will be fine with me Later when our lives are better, I’ll take him to spend the holidays with you I came all the way here To bring him back with me Fang Da is all I have left If he leaves me, Then this family Will be all gone My son should have left the army to come back to Jinan He stayed in Tangshan to be with you Mom What are you saying? I should have died instead of my son I’m sorry He was so tall He was so smart and strong He’s gone just like that Now my grandson is crippled Of course I am concerned I can’t stop worrying about him How can I go on living now? Sorry I feel so guilty I feel terrible for Da Qiang And I feel terrible for Fang Deng and Fang Da I’m the only one who’s fine I agree Take him Just as long as he’ll be better off Okay We’re all one family We shouldn’t act like strangers So many terrible things have happened So many people have died We have to come together And think of our future At home All your belongings are gone Last time you sent us photographs, I brought one back for you Sit tight Hold on Fang Da

Do what your grandma tells you Don’t misbehave Don’t forget Mom Yeah Mom Be good Mom Be good Mom Mom, By taking Fang Da from her It is like stealing Yuan Ni’s life away Mom! Fang Da! Mom! Let’s go Wang, This is your daughter? Yes She’s very pretty – Say hi – What’s your name? Say hi Doctor Dong, This is the girl who was brought back from Tangshan Yes Let me see your face Do you look like your dad or mom? Come on, let’s eat What are you doing Scaring the child? What’s her name? Ya Ya Say hi to your “uncle.” Go on You’re impolite Here, men are called “uncles,” And women are called “aunts.” Don’t embarrass her Ya Ya, Is a bit shy around new people Is that pretty? Ya Ya, are you ready? We need to go now You are a pretty girl What’s your name? Wang Fan. “Fan” means “sail.” I’m Wang Deng Whatever she wants “Deng.” Was this your name before? Later on When you think of things from the past You can tell mom and dad Dad can take you to Tangshan to look for your relatives Right? I don’t remember You’ll remember Alright Everything’s taken care of From this day on, you are the student Wang Deng Let’s go home “Tangshan 1986”

Watch out Fang Da, Hurry and eat breakfast Give me the towel Give it to me Go on in Hurry and eat When you finish, put your arm on I don’t want to It hurts too much You still need to wear it Young men need to look decent Also It was very expensive If I knew you had borrowed money for it, I wouldn’t have wanted it Eat, don’t talk Mom, What are you doing? Your teacher told me You need to have a good place to study The fridge is too noisy I’m moving it to my room Even if you move it, I still won’t get into college I don’t want to take the test What are you saying? If you don’t go to college, then what? Take my job? You can’t do the work at the factory You can’t drive You can’t cook I’ve thought of all types of jobs You have to go to college I can be a guard How about a bathroom attendant? No way! If you don’t get into college, Your grandmother will blame me You didn’t go to Jinan, All these years, So she sent money and cakes If you get into college, Then I’ll have repaid the debt to her What is there to pay back? She’s my grandmother Why are you always thinking like that? If I die What will you do? If you don’t have any skills, What girl would want to marry you? I want to help you raise a child Then the child can help you when you are old Mom Don’t worry Later I promise I can find a girl who will marry me Get to school Go on Hold on Yuan Ni! Yuan Ni! There’s a call from Fang Da’s school again The passengers are coming out of the station They are coming out Anyone need a hotel? Need a hotel? Need a hotel? We can give you a ride The room’s clean and cheap Mister, need a hotel? It’s raining. We can give you a ride Come in Teacher Jiang

The school has a policy Students are suspended after fifteen absences Fang Da has missed three days of school already Is he planning to take the college entrance exam? Yes Da Qiang Fang Deng Don’t think I’m annoying Each year we talk to you both We moved If you want to come back, Don’t go the wrong way Our alleyway Is next to the railway’s school At the first row of houses, turn left Our home is the first one Don’t forget Where we used to live They’re building a department store We can’t move back Mom, Dad and my sister died ten years ago How can they come back? It’s spooky when you say these things I don’t know how to tell your dad and sister I was waiting for the day of your college entrance exam But you didn’t even go to take it Why can’t you do the right thing? I’m so disappointed Disappointed If you had known, You could have saved my sister instead Dad! Mom! I’m Fang Deng! Ya Ya You’ve had another bad dream Don’t be afraid I’ll get you some water to drink Ya Ya, Does your head hurt? Dad will massage your head Feel better? Are you stressed out about the college entrance exam? You’re too nervous Don’t worry. So what if you don’t get in In any case Even college graduates Can turn out to be worthless And you can still succeed if you don’t go That’s enough Is this the type of advice you give her? Ya Ya, Have some water and go back to sleep Wang, You’ve said enough If you keep talking, then she’ll never get back to sleep Ya Ya, Drink the water and go back to sleep Okay She’s sleeping What a disgrace Me? What have I done? She’s already an adult Look at what you’re wearing I’m just at home Should I be dressed like a king? I can’t go into my own child’s room?

Don’t pretend you don’t understand You’ve changed It’s impossible to get along with you Listen to me For things like this, You always have to pick on me I keep ignoring it Don’t mix things up Like a thief yelling to catch the thief How can you be so stupid? Dad, I still have to get ready for the exam I’m not in the mood to see a movie I’m letting you go see a movie Because it will refresh your brain Ya Ya, as for your major Have you finally made up your mind? Mom, I still want to study medicine My health is poor. Dad is too busy Why not go to a nearby college? Then it would be easy to come home Wang, what do you think? I respect her decision I’m just thinking of what’s best for her She has never left me before I’m worried about her being so far from home But there’s no good medical school around here Why does she have to study medicine? Do you know how hard the work is in the hospital? You never listen to what I have to say at all Mom is the one who doesn’t listen to us Stop arguing I really don’t want to see a movie Mom, I’m going home See you Why are you saying that in front of her? We didn’t give birth to her She’ll never come back after she leaves Why are you saying that again? Who cares if she’s adopted? In any case People do have feelings Here, have a chicken leg Mom, I don’t like chicken You still have to eat it You need the nutrition I’m full In two days, I will go to Tangshan for a meeting Ya Ya, Do you want to come with me? How can she do that? She’s about to take the college entrance exam It won’t take long Only one day Even one whole day is too long She can’t even waste an hour I’m driving myself this time I want to take Ya Ya to have a look Dad, I don’t want to go Okay Fine Mom, Go on back I’ll see you You don’t have to keep studying for the exam Don’t leave Didn’t we already talk about this? I’m not alone But who can take care of you like I do? It’s not like our home out there I just want to see if I can make it on my own Otherwise I’ll never know Tangshan’s not large enough for you Tangshan’s large? You didn’t learn anything by watching TV? All the villagers have left for Shenzhen I haven’t even been to Shijiazhuang Go on Xiao Long, Look after him Okay Mom Stay well Why are you smoking in front of my mom! Welcome. Which department? Basic medicine Basic medicine is over here. Please sit Thanks Here’s my acceptance letter Wang Deng Your dorm room is 206 in building 9 Who will take her to building 9, room 206?

I’ll go Thanks, buddy For going over there again Where’s the bathroom? I’ll take your things Wang Deng Don’t forget to get your student ID at the student affairs office Give your stuff to me. Let’s go There’s the bathroom Your bag! Thanks! Look at you You can support yourself and do whatever you want Each day when I go home, I see everyone in my family I get agitated, And can’t control my temper That’s the way I was too Before whenever Fang Da upset me It’s just that no one ever knew I’m going to lose my mind if he doesn’t hurry and grow up That’s the way I felt too Work at the factory is boring At that time I wish I had lost my job like you You’re Just never satisfied Working at the factory’s better than being on one’s own Yuan Ni Phone call Wait a moment Thanks Hello Fang Da? It’s been so long Why haven’t you called? Busy? You’re busier than the Premier Officer, Are you here on business? Do you want a tour? A one-day tour of Hangzhou? No thanks Where is the Hangzhou Medical School? Come with me. I’ll take you there No, really. Thanks I’m an army officer. It’s not right Officer You’re an army officer, I’m disabled Please help me Are you okay? Yes Though I’m missing an arm, my legs are fine I bike over here every day What happened to your arm? It was crushed in the 1976 Tangshan earthquake The Tangshan earthquake? Yes Are you from Tangshan? Why? In 1976, I was stationed in Tangshan We were part of the rescue operation Today I’m giving a ride to our hero Your ride is free Hello, where is building 9? Right there Thanks Who is it? Fang Deng Dad Why are you here? Surprised? Open the curtains Okay Here, have a seat Dad, why didn’t you call me first? I should have picked you up at the train station You don’t have to do that The weather in Hangzhou Is so hot Yes Hangzhou in the summer is very humid You two talk. I’ll go buy a watermelon Fang Deng, Who’s the boy? He’s a graduate student He’s in residency He came from Hangzhou Dad, drink some water Your mom asked me to bring this for you Your favorite foods Wow, dried haw fruit

Get your dad a wet towel Okay How’s mom’s health? Not too good What do you mean? She’s in the hospital What’s wrong? She won’t let me tell you It’s just that You haven’t been back the last two summer breaks She just wanted me to see you Why is mom in the hospital? What’s wrong with her? If you can, Go back and see your mom Come back if there’s a problem again Thanks, Mr. Niu Zhao, Please keep an eye on things for me Here are some magazines To keep you entertained You shouldn’t have Fang Da hasn’t called for days I’ve been too busy to tell you I got a phone at home You paid 5000 for it? Yes You wasted the money My phone wasn’t enough During the day it’s fine, but what about at night? What if he needed to call me at night? I can send a message to you at night too I’ve got a favor to ask you What? There’s no sound It should be fine It’s fixed I knew that was the problem Why didn’t you tell me? Can I have a drink? Sure I’m hungry Just a moment I never thought you’d be able to drink Don’t just drink Have a bowl of soup Before I came to Tangshan to sell fans, I made some friends here I didn’t have any plans but I just wanted to earn a living Half a year later, my wife liked someone else This year when I went home, She wanted to confess everything to me I didn’t want to listen to her We got divorced That’s all I just feel bad for my child In the 1976 earthquake, My family of four became two After Fang Da left, Two became one After so many years, you’re not lonely?

I fear the holidays These years without Fang Da, I go back home for the New Year Drink Is this from the earthquake? Yeah Why let yourself suffer? You’re still attractive Niu, Sit back down I had too much to drink Don’t be angry It’s nothing I really apologize. I feel bad We’re already so old It’s nothing Be with me I can’t Then things will be like they were in the past No, that can’t happen either Hello, director Mom, sit up more So fast Ya Ya, School started already. You should go Don’t worry I took a vacation I work in a hospital this semester I don’t have any classes The nurses say you are very pretty They say you look like me They just came a few years ago There’s a lot they don’t know Mom, I am like you Your temper’s like mine Stubborn You did end up studying medicine When I was a child, I loved when you took me to the hospital I cared about you two the most in my life But you both Never wanted to be with me Mom Don’t hate me Mom Take care of your dad for me Dad’s always saying good things about you He says, Even children you give birth to Leave home when they grow up Later, There won’t be anyone to argue with him He’ll feel so bored Mom, Dad loves you I love you too Come, Help me get the things from under my pillow This watch Is for you to wear The savings account Is money that we saved for you You’ve grow up You can go back to Tangshan and look for your family members Your father is right You must still have some Family Will always be family Come,

Mom will be gone soon Let me kiss you Dad, Where should we put Mom? Didn’t we agree? Why won’t you do it? You’ll graduate in a year You can’t waste four years of college I didn’t I met you We are dating. We’re not getting married How can you have a child? Wang Deng, Getting pregnant isn’t a big deal It’s just an accident And it is easy to fix You’ve gone to the gynecologist’s office You’ve seen how many women have abortions each day Others can do it But I can’t Why can’t you? Why are you so unreasonable? Yang Zhi I told you before I am from Tangshan I woke up in a truck filled with dead bodies My dad was lying next to me You really don’t understand You can’t understand me But you can’t be too impulsive I know you love me I love you too I cherish you, but you are only 21 A woman’s youth ends when she has a child I don’t want you to make such a sacrifice Wang Deng, How can you know what sacrifice is? Yang Zhi! Yang Zhi, Come over here Someone’s looking for you Wang Deng’s father Okay, thanks Goodbye Sir Where’s Wang Deng? She hasn’t contacted me for a long time Have you looked for her? Yes I’ve been looking but can’t find her Did you know she quit school? I knew What happened? She got pregnant Pregnant? She’s pregnant and you’re here playing basketball? She left school to get away from me She doesn’t want me to find her Sir, I urge you not to look for her If she wants to see you, she’ll go find you If she doesn’t want to see you, You’ll never find her Sir I think I don’t care! You should look for her! Why are you hitting him? How could you treat her like that? Get out of here Tell me

I’m sorry I’ll go look for her I will for sure “Tangshan 1995” Try to impress my mom If my mom doesn’t like you, Then we’ll have to break up Am I getting married to you or to your mom? My mom gave birth to me three times What do you mean? The first time was when I was born Soon after, I got pneumonia and nearly died The doctor said not to save me But my mom said I must be saved That was the second time The earthquake The third time Mom! I’m home Mom, I’ve brought my girlfriend home This is my mom Xiao He Ms. Li This is my dad And my sister She looks like me when I was a child This house is so small With more people, there’s even less room Ms. Li, don’t worry I’m thin I don’t take up much space Mom, Why are you still working? Didn’t I give you money? The clients are friends I like to keep busy Mom, The food is all ready Let’s sit down Shall we drink together? Sure You two drink. I’ll drive Here, hurry and open this Is this Tangshan’s best restaurant? I think Tangshan has many good restaurants Mom, I miss you Mom, In Hangzhou, I have my own company, My own car and house I also have Xiao He I’m only missing you If you miss me, just come back to see me But didn’t you say you would help look after my child? If you don’t come, how could you? Send the child to live with me I’d get rid of the sewing machine right away Mom, Come to Hangzhou with me If you don’t want to live with me, I’ll buy you a house I can’t just let you stay here all alone Your dad and sister are here I can’t go anywhere When it’s time to visit the graves each year, Xiao He and I will come back with you We need a home in Tangshan When the spirits of your dad and sister return, They must have a place to go Don’t bring this up again It’s already been so many years You can’t always be like this You don’t know what losing something means until you’ve lost it Then find a partner to live with I could have a long time ago

It’s not that no one wanted me Then why? For your dad He traded his life for mine If he hadn’t stopped me, I would have gone inside For the man who can give up his life to love me, I’ll be his wife my whole life I don’t feel it’s unfair But you’re old now You live all alone I’m far away and worry about you You got what you deserved That’s the way I felt when you left Some people are just lucky Others only suffer Thanks, mom Okay, then I’ll buy you a house in Tangshan First buy a grave site Okay Let’s do as mom says First we’ll buy a grave Cheers Mom, Come and look at the apartments Let’s not buy one Here’s the place I have to buy one Then buy one, But I won’t live there Mom, Are you just being difficult? You won’t go to Hangzhou You won’t live in a new apartment Why do you want to make things hard on yourself? I don’t feel things are tough You think things are fine? What will your neighbors think? My life’s good. You’re on your own! Fang Da, Don’t get upset at your mom Be nice to her Mom, Even if I don’t take care of you, I have to think of dad and my sister But I’m doing this for both of them Last time I moved I had to tell them exactly how to get to the new place I told them for more than 20 years If I move again I’ll have to tell them the new directions I can’t keep telling them I’m tired of telling them That’s it. I’m not moving Okay, let’s review lesson three Teacher Wang, excuse me Thank you Don’t touch it You’ll cut your hand You’re okay? Mom, it wasn’t me She broke it Dian Dian, Didn’t I tell you to be careful? It’s not valuable. You can go back to teaching Here’s the money for today’s class I can’t take it I know it’s not enough to pay for the broken plate Take it. Don’t worry about it I didn’t break that plate I won’t go back to their home Be good Don’t push it

I’m leaving my mom at home for the New Year And going to your family with you What else do you want? I want to take Dian Dian with me I don’t want to be away from him Didn’t we already agree? I wasted all the nice things I said Fang Da, Other than this, You can have me do whatever you want I don’t need anything else I don’t need to go to Europe Or shop for Louis Vuitton I don’t need a new car I just want my son. Alright? Didn’t we agree on this before we were married? Isn’t that right? Answer me! If I knew you’d be like this, I wouldn’t have married you Then who would you have married? Don’t change the subject You have to let Dian Dian stay with my mom Then what about me? My parents haven’t seen my son What will they think if it’s only the two of us? Also, He’s so small, I want to have him sleep with me You’ll tear us apart so your mom will be happy? Other than your mom, who else is in your heart? There’s nothing more to discuss Maybe we should just all stay here in Tangshan You’ve got to be kidding You’ve never spent the holidays at my home Also, This house is so small Where can we stay? Do you want me to stay in a hotel on New Year’s eve? Stop arguing I said I’d go back home with you Don’t provoke me, Fang Da We’ll leave you Don’t you provoke me! There are plenty of other women If you think I love you for your money, Then you’re wrong Let me go Stop yelling Are you awake? Is he awake? He just woke up Are you awake? Dian Dian May darling, Dian Dian Mom has to go Be good Mom, Sorry to inconvenience you No, it’s fine Mom We can’t be with you for the New Year It’s not the first time I’ve been alone We’ll keep our cell phones on You can call us anytime I’ll be fine Don’t worry I raised two children Xiao He Dad, Why are you smoking? Just for fun Here. Try it on A down coat. Just what I needed Ya Ya, Where have you been these last few years? The sleeves are a bit long No, they’re fine

You still remember this home? Dad Have you been to Tangshan to look for your family? Dad, do you like it? Yes Ya Ya, Sit down In my mind You are very tall How can the sleeves be too long? Don’t worry about it Why Didn’t you come home? I was too ashamed You could have sent a letter Or called me? I was afraid I’d make you worry You didn’t want me to be worried? I worried every day! Where’d you go? Dad I’m sorry Look, how high it is Dian Dian, can you see it? Dian Dian, be careful Dad, are you okay? I’m fine Go and play by yourself I need to catch my breath Be careful I often see this place in my dreams When I was a child, I would chase after you and mom to the mess hall It seems like it was only yesterday You were only that big back then Dian Dian’s grandparents in Tangshan would be so happy to meet her You’re her grandfather Come on Don’t change the subject You know what I mean All these years, You have asked me many times During the earthquake, My brother and I were both buried under the rubble Someone said only one of us could be saved My mom said Save my son These three words Keep ringing inside my ears Dad, It’s not that I don’t remember, It’s that I can never forget I understand Deng, But you need to remember Your family is always your family But I can’t get it out of my mind Dian Dian, Offer your grandma a glass of wine Dian Dian, Let’s talk to your grandma Gui Lan, Ya Ya has come home She brought our granddaughter with her Tell grandma your name

Dian Dian Say hi to your grandma Hi, grandma Grandma can’t hear you Grandma! I wish grandma could be here Cheers Dad How’s my cooking? It’s strange I never saw mom teach you to cook But your food tastes About the same as what she used to cook For so many years, You’ve eaten by yourself on New Year’s eve No I have my friends from the army I went to their homes Why didn’t you think of Getting remarried? Your mom is with me every day Here, Dian Dian Dad, I’m getting married Yeah He’s a lawyer His job is not important I just want him to be good to you He is And to Dian Dian? He’s good to her too Then I support you Dad, He’s a foreigner Foreigner? Shoot I forgot I totally forgot Lao Feng, It’s all my fault. So sorry I was having such a good time, I forgot all about this My daughter came home with my granddaughter That’s right How can I? I’ve got my whole family here I can’t leave How about this? Tomorrow, I’ll bring Deng over To wish you a happy new year How’s that? Okay I’ll punish myself by drinking three glasses “Hangzhou 2008” Mr. Fang, As for the tour group to Xinjiang, Which insurance should we get? Go with China Life It’s safe Is it an earthquake? It’s an earthquake! Earthquake! Hurry, run! Come back! Tell everyone not to worry You don’t need to run from a small earthquake And you can’t escape from a large one Tell everyone to get back to work Okay Come on back. Everything’s fine Mom Are you alright? “Vancouver, Canada” Hey, you are back so early What happened? Something very bad Did anything happen to Dian Dian? No I called and she’s coming home now Honey, let’s go inside The force of the earthquake was so powerful That many homes didn’t simply collapse They were destroyed, smashed into pieces and in many cases Beneath the pile of wood and brick, are the people who once lived here The focus say the officials are not on finding the dead, but on trying to save the living Oh, my God

I can’t believe it It’s so terrible Look at these poor children Mom, Honey, are you okay? I have to go back It’s okay I have to go help them I understand Whatever you want Assemble Don’t unload the items in Chengdu Head toward the epicenter If the roads are fine, they won’t need food and medical supplies The faster the better Tell me as soon as you pass Chengdu I’m waiting for you in Han Wang Liu Wei Mr. Fang, I got it Did you get in contact with the Tangshan rescue team? Yes, we already did What do they need? They need more medics I’ll think of something Thanks, sir Is this the medic team? Yes I studied medicine Can I join your team? Sure Let me help you Thanks Give me the backpack Thanks Mr. Fang, we’re here Where are you? I’m in the town I’m with the Tangshan rescue team Who should we give the stuff in the vehicle to? First to the local Red Cross Got it Are you from Tangshan? Yes I’m also from Tangshan I got here late Better late than never Grab a tool. Help save them It’s like this. This is your child’s leg There’s a slab on her leg On top, a column is holding up a building We need to remove the slab in order to save your child But as soon as we remove the slab your child and the soldiers will all be in danger Calm down. We’ll do our best to save your child Do something! I beg you! Okay! My daughter! Is anyone injured? My daughter! Is anyone hurt? The girl’s okay Who is it? Li Qing, Li Qing Lift him up Let us through Get an ambulance! My daughter

Don’t be afraid Mom’s here with you Get the doctor Cut off her leg Ma’am, That’s only a last resort Of course I don’t want this My daughter You can’t keep digging her out The building will collapse I can’t risk your lives. Your parents would never forgive me Get the saw When the child grows up, Let her hate me My daughter! My daughter’s leg My daughter! I want my daughter’s leg My daughter I want my daughter’s leg Forgive me! Attention please, Tangshan rescue team It’s time to eat If you’re hungry, go ahead and eat If you’re not hungry, Wait a while. Okay? What do you want? Sorry, I’m really hungry I don’t eat much It’s too dry. Take a bottle of water Thanks How many people are with the Tangshan rescue team? A few days ago there were about 10 Today you have more than 40 People see the Tangshan rescue team’s banner, And then they join us What happened to your arm? Were you buried in rubble? In 1976, I was two years old I don’t remember what happened I lost my mother I’ll go through my whole life without a mother What about your family? Only my mom’s left My sister and father are gone My sister and I were twins When the earthquake struck, We were both trapped under a concrete slab When my mom called for help, She was told that by prying the slab from on top of me, My sister would be crushed If the slab was removed from on top of my sister, I would be crushed They asked my mom to choose which one of us to save How can she decide? I know “Both the palm and the back of the hand are made of the same flesh.” My mom didn’t say anything They got impatient If she didn’t choose, she’d lose both of her kids Your mom saved her son The 1976 earthquake Destroyed my mom’s entire life Her heart was ripped into pieces Do you know what my mom used to always say? What? You don’t know what losing something means until you’ve lost it The homes that were destroyed have been rebuilt But my mom’s heart

Can never be put back together For 32 years My mom’s heart Has remained in ruins, covered in debris Sister Fang Deng Our home used to be at that intersection up ahead Now there’s a department store Why are you staring at me? Mom, Is your blood pressure alright? I’m fine If I can handle a lifetime of grief, then I can handle happiness too Where does your sister live? Canada She’s hiding so far away from me This is our home I feel as if I’ve been here before Mom, Your daughter’s come back This is my wife, Xiao He That’s my son Hurry, Say hi to your aunt Hi, aunt Mom, Your daughter’s come back First go inside Go inside Okay Sister, let’s go inside Go on Take the backpack inside to your dad After the earthquake, we lived in a tent for three years, And then we moved here Mom has lived here for 30 years I bought a new home for mom She won’t move Why is this picture still hanging here? Mom must have been so happy She forgot about this I washed the tomatoes for you I didn’t lie to you Forgive me Mom

What How did you suddenly reappear? So many years Why didn’t you contact me? I thought you were with your dad Mom, Get up I thought about you two all day long I thought about you for 32 years Why didn’t you think of me? Where’d you go? – Why didn’t you come back? Deng? – Mom, get up Deng Mom Get up Deng They are my foster parents PLA soldiers The soldiers rescued many people in Tangshan My foster mother died in 1990 My foster father Is retired His health is okay I’d like him to come and see me abroad He still refuses This is my husband A foreigner? How much older is he? Sixteen years This is my daughter Her name is Dian Dian She’s also called Dian Dian? She’s very pretty How old is she? 18 years old She’s in college She studies psychology You had a child when you were 22? Yes, with a graduate student He wanted me to have an abortion I wouldn’t do it We split up And then? I quit school Who took care of you after you gave birth? What about the child’s father? He left China I lost touch with him You didn’t ask someone to help find him? He didn’t want me Why bother? Da Qiang You love me so much You sent our daughter back I opened it for you Mom, I’ll get someone to remove this tomb There’s no need Later, no matter where I’m living, When I die, I will come back here

I want to be with my father Do as your sister says She feels wronged Okay From elementary school to high school, Each year mom bought two sets of textbooks A set for me, And a set for you Mom, All these years, How have you managed? I’ve been fine In a woman’s lifetime, How many periods of 30 years are there? Why’d you do that? Really, I’ve been fine If I lived a carefree life, I would feel even worse Mom, I’m sorry From the first time I saw Fang Da, I started to hate myself He is my brother For him to live It is wonderful Mom, I’m sorry I tortured you for 32 years 32 years! I can’t forgive myself Mom Mom, I’m sorry I’m sorry I’m sorry. Mom I’m sorry “ln 2008, the Tangshan municipal government erected a memorial wall to commemorate the 240,000 victims of the 1976 earthquake.” “Song Shoushu, Age 65” “Retired from the Tangshan Metal Machinery Factory” “He lost his father, sister, and son in the Tangshan earthquake.” “His son, Song Yongjie, died at the age of 5.” In two days, I’ll see you again “This film mourns the 240,000 victims of the Tangshan earthquake”

“Like the phoenix rising from the ashes,” “this film commemorates the rebirth and restoration of a great city, Tangshan.” “We sincerely thank the many people who supported the making of this film.”

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