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One Second(一秒钟)

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China, Hong Kong · 2020
1h 44m
Director Zhang Yimou
Starring Liu Haocun, Zhang Yi, Fan Wei, Yu Ailei
Genre Drama, History

A 70's-set rural drama.

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Film Threat by Alan Ng

Yes, stories like this have been told before, but there’s an earnest, sweet charm to it all that really works.


IndieWire by David Ehrlich

No matter how muddled it gets by the end, One Second also boasts something that even Zhang’s best movies haven’t always been afforded: A delicious and deeply layered sense of irony.


Slant Magazine by Jake Cole

One Second is as much a tribute to the struggles of a man whose life has stolen from him as it is to a bygone way of looking at movies.


The Globe and Mail (Toronto) by Kate Taylor

Billed by the director as his tribute to cinema, One Second is affectionate and sweet – perhaps a bit too sweet, considering this premiere was much delayed after the film was held back by the Chinese government for supposed technical reasons in 2019.

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