One Child Nation

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One Child Nation
OneChildPoster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by
Produced by
  • Nanfu Wang
  • Jialing Zhang
  • Christoph Jorg
  • Julie Goldman
  • Christopher Clements
  • Carolyn Hepburn
Music by
  • Nathan Halpern
  • Chris Ruggiero
Cinematography
  • Nanfu Wang
  • Yuanchen Liu
Edited byNanfu Wang
Production
company
  • Next Generation
  • ITVS
  • WDR/Arte
  • Motto Pictures
  • Pumpernickel Films
Distributed byAmazon Studios
Release date
  • January 26, 2019 (2019-01-26) (Sundance)
  • August 9, 2019 (2019-08-09) (United States)
Running time
89 minutes
CountryUnited States
Language
  • English
  • Mandarin Chinese
Box office$224,837[1]

One Child Nation is a 2019 American documentary film directed by Nanfu Wang and Jialing Zhang about the fallout of China's one-child policy that lasted from 1979 to 2015. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 26, 2019, and was theatrically released in the United States on August 9, 2019, by Amazon Studios.

Production[edit]

Both directors Wang and Zhang were born under the one-child policy in China during the 1980s, but knew little of its effects as it was second nature among the country's populace. After moving to the United States and getting pregnant with her first child in 2017, Wang returned to China in an effort to "explore the direct effects of the 'population war' on her family...acquaintances from her rural village, midwives, family planning officials, journalists and artists".[2]

Reception[edit]

Box office[edit]

The film opened at one theater in New York City and one in Los Angeles and grossed $22,244 in its opening weekend, with Amazon reporting "sold-out shows throughout the weekend".[3]

Critical response[edit]

On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes the film holds an approval rating of 99% based on 77 reviews, with an average rating of 8.51/10. The site's critical consensus reads: "As illuminating as it is accessible, One Child Nation probes a painful chapter in Chinese history with piercing clarity."[4] Metacritic surveyed 25 critics and assigned the film an average weighted score of 85 out of 100, indicating "universal acclaim".[5]

David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter called the film "a valuable record and a sober but frightening illustration of the dark side of this government-controlled experiment" and praised the editing and musical score.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "One Child Nation". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved September 1, 2019.
  2. ^ a b David Rooney (January 26, 2019). "'One Child Nation': Film Review - Sundance 2019". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 8, 2019.
  3. ^ Brooks, Brian (August 11, 2019). "'The Peanut Butter Falcon' Leads Mixed Weekend; Music Doc 'Bring The Soul' Croons; 'The Farewell' Salutes $10M: Specialty Box Office". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 11, 2019. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  4. ^ "One Child Nation (2019)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved September 6, 2019.
  5. ^ "One Child Nation Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved September 6, 2019.

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