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As Time Goes By In Shanghai


The oldest band of the world has been playing every evening at the Peace Hotel in Shanghai for more than thirty years. Most members of the band, all Jazz musicians of the first rank, are older than 80 years. As Time Goes By in Shanghai acompanies the oldest band in the world on their greatest adventure yet: their appearance at the North Sea Jazz Festival Rotterdam, the most important festival of its kind. Against the backdrop of great jazz hymns, the film charts the fascinating life stories of these seven exceptional musicians.

Running Time: 90 min.
Subject(s): Arts and Culture, Asian Studies, Music, Senior Citizenship, Urbanism
Language(s): Dutch, Mandarin
Subtitles: English
Producer(s): Helge Albers
Cinematographer: Axel Schneppat, Jörg Jeshel
Editor(s): Uli Gaulke, Sylke Rohrlach, Markus C.M. Schmidt
Production Company: Flying Moon Filmproduktion GmbH


  • Libertas Film Magazine
    "Deeply moving"
  • Pig China
    "A charming portrait of...the oldest jazz band in the world on their greatest adventure"
  • Kino critics
    "An uplifting movie"

Festival Participation

  • IDFA
  • Margaret Mead Film Festival
  • Shanghai International Film Festival
  • Hot Docs
  • True/False FF

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