I Wish I Knew
I Wish I Knew

I Wish I Knew

Director Jia Zhangke

Production year 2010

Length 125min.

Country China


Focuses on the people, their stories and architecture spanning from the mid-1800s, when Shanghai was opened as a trading port, to the present day.


Muhr AsiaAfrica Award | Dubai IFF, UAE, 2010

Halekulani Golden Orchid Award | Hawaii IFF, , 2010


Jia Zhangke
Jia Zhangke



Jia Zhangke

Director of Photography

Yu Lik-wai

Music by

Lim Giong


Cao Yindi, Chang Hsin-I, Chen Dan-qing, Du Mei-Ru, Fei Ming -yi

Production company(ies)

Bojie Media NCU Group Shanghai Film Group Corporation

Jia Zhangke

Born 1970, Fengyang, China) Zhangke studied painting, developed an interest in fiction, and in 1995 founded the Youth Experimental Film Group, for which he directed two award-winning videos. He graduated in 1997 from the Beijing Film Academy, and his first feature, Pickpocket (1997) was very successful at the Berlin, Nantes and Vancouver festivals. The following films Platform and Unknown Pleasures were selected in competition respectively at Venice and Cannes. He established Xstream Pictures in 2003 in order to promote young talented directors from all over China. His Still Life received the Golden Lion Award at the Venice Film Festival 2006.


One Day in Beijing (1994, short), Xiaoshan Going Home (1995, short), Du Du (1996, short), Pickpocket (1997), Platform (2000), In Public (2001, short), The Condition of Dogs (2001, short), Unknown Pleasures (2002), The World (2004), Dong (2006, doc.), Still Life (2006), Our Ten Years (2007, short), Useless (2007, doc.) Stories on Human Rights (2008, segment Black Breakfast), 24 City (2008), Cry Me a River (2008, short), I Wish I Knew (2010, doc.), Yulu (2011, doc.), A Touch of Sin (2013).

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