The Wandering Earth

(Trying really hard not to spoil too much)

The wandering earth is absolutely great, but the caption might be too fast for English speakers and some actors are unfitting for their roles. Those who are saying the film-telling stuff like China is great can give up that try. The best part of this film is more than just its fast-paced storyline and visual effects, it is the display of different cultures and internationalist spirit within it. While such display of different cultural beauties is another reason why most Westerners can’t appreciate this film because they are incapable of appreciating any culture other than their own(let alone foreign ones such as Chinese, Japanese or Russian). Within the film the character all speak in their own native languages, the most common ones are Mandarin, Russian, French and English while Japanese, Korean, Indonesian and Hindi were all heard.

Unlike the majority of other films(not just sci-fi), the collectivist world view in this film did bring something fresh to the screen: the activation of the torque engine in the later scenes was a collective effort of people with different backgrounds and languages; from what that was obviously displayed in the scene there was Chinese, Japanese, Russian and British. In the earlier propulsion engine rescue, it was also an effort by countless rescue teams around the globe who perhaps suffered similar dangers as the Hangzhou rescue team, instead of a few heroes.

What made up the best part of this film is perhaps the short yet vivid display of other cultures. For me, there were three non-Chinese cultures(I’IIĀ  explain the others since people already explained the Chinese culture inside) that really impressed me, which is Russian, Japanese and Korean. Koreans were only given a short scene that had shown their family value and sacrificing will; it does give Chinese people such as me a form of mental resonance because we both share such nationalistic and traditional Confucian values. The part that portrayed the Japanese culture really well was the part when the Japanese rescue team chose to suicide(not being racist), for those who understand Japanese culture they can see how “the beauty of death” was displayed. As for the depiction of the Russian character, it is even better; the pride, carelessness, idealism and determination(and obsession with alcohol) demonstrated in Makarov’s lines simply reflect the very soul of the Russian people who treat life with incredible endurance and incomprehensible romance.

Yet all of this is only to be explored if you have an understanding of these cultures. Classes of appreciation are determined by your ability to appreciate different beauties.