‘ love poem’ for Yangtze

China Daily (Canada) - - LIFE -

bridge be­tween tra­di­tion and present day.”

In the mod­ern age, the river has been dras­ti­cally changed by the de­vel­op­ment of mas­sive cities along its banks, and by the con­struc­tion of the Three Gorges Dam, the world’s largest power sta­tion in terms of in­stalled ca­pac­ity.

The film shows the rusty hulk, named Guang 039, go­ing through the huge, ul­tra­mod­ern locks at Three Gorges in or­der to con­tinue its trip up­river. At the same time, the film shows a map of the towns and places that were sub­merged and van­ished when the dam was com­pleted.

“Per­haps the sin­gle most im­por­tant metaphor is the ris­ing wa­ter level which was a con­se­quence of the Three Gorges Dam pro­ject and does not only sub­merge a lot of an­cient sites but also it serves to block the love story in the film from go­ing any fur­ther,” Yang says.

“That’s a key metaphor that we see again and again in Chi­nese cul­ture: The beau­ti­ful be­ing changed by the pas­sage of time — the changes that time brings about not only to cul­tural things but also to love.”

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