As Time Goes By In Shanghai


Category: Documentary
Writer/director: Uli Gaulke
DOP: Jörg Jeshel, Axel Schneppat
Editor: Silke Rohrlach, Markus Schmidt
Sound: Raimund von Scheibner
Producer: Helge Albers Flying Moon FilmProduktion
Co-producer: Sander Verdonk – CTM LEV Pictures
Funded by: German Federal Film Board FFA, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg MBB, Deutscher Filmförderfonds DFFF
Languages: English and Chinese

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 accompanies 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. 

In the final weeks before their appearance, this musical film will immerse itself in a world of unparalleled change. Jazz stands for improvisation, individualism, freedom and creativity. Against the backdrop of great jazz hymns, the film will chart the fascinating life stories of these seven exceptional musicians: from the Japanese occupation to the Cultural Revolution right up to today’s turbo planned economy. With humour, wisdom and a tale or two being spun on the way, the men in black suits will lead us on a tour of their everyday lives in one of the world’s most modern cities and show us how good old jazz has given them the strength to weather the storms of time.