As Time Goes by in Shanghai
Set in Shanghai and Rotterdam, this music documentary throws its arms wide to encompass jazz, growing old gracefully, and 20th century Chinese history from the Japanese occupation through communism, focusing in particular on the Peace Old Jazz Band’s trip to the North Sea Jazz Festival in the Netherlands. Backed by an incredible soundtrack, these on-average 76-year-old musicians typify high-spirited dedication. Who needs Botox when a soulful rendition of “Fly me to the Moon” will keep you young at heart?
As Time Goes by in Shanghai | Directed by Uli Gaulke (Germany 2013) with Jibin Sun, Zhengzhen Bao, Jingyu Zhang. Starts November 28
Originally published in issue #122, December 2013.