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Well, it's certainly....earnest. Boasting a dramatic historical event, handsome production design and a couple of Hollywood stars to boot, Feng Xiogang ("Aftershock," "The Banquet") will be hoping to wow the crowds when "Back to 1942" screens at the upcoming Rome Film Festival. Based on a novel by Liu Zhenyun, and starring Adrien Brody and Tim Robbins, the film the chronicles the deadly 1942 drought in China's Henan province during the war against Japan. Sounds like some heavy stuff indeed, but also potentially powerful we suppose. Here's the full synopsis: In 1942, Henan province was devastated by the most tragic famine in modern Chinese history, resulting in the deaths of at least three million men, women and children. Although the primary cause of the famine was a severe drought, it was exacerbated by locusts, windstorms, earthquakes, epidemic disease and the corruption of the ruling Kuomintang government. At night, hundreds of »

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