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The Road Home (1999)

Wo de fu qin mu qin (original title)
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Prompted by the death of his father and the grief of his mother, a man recalls the story of how they met in flashback.

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Zhao Di, Young (as Zhang Ziyi)
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Luo Yusheng (as Sun Honglei)
Hao Zheng ...
Luo Changyu (as Zheng Hao)
Yulian Zhao ...
Zhao Di, Old (as Zhao Yulian)
Bin Li ...
Grandmother
Guifa Chang ...
Mayor, Old
Wencheng Sung ...
Mayor
Qi Liu ...
Carpenter Xia, Old
Bo Ji ...
Carpenter Xia
Zhongxi Zhang ...
Crockery Repairman
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City businessman Luo Yusheng returns to his home village in North China for the funeral of his father, the village teacher. He finds his elderly mother insisting that all the traditional burial customs be observed, despite the fact that times have changed so much, and that it involves many people carrying his father's body back to the village - the road home. As Yusheng debates the complications involved in organising such a big feat, he remembers the magical story of how his father and mother first met and got together. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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15 June 2001 (USA)  »

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Opening Weekend:

$75,368 (USA) (25 May 2001)

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$1,280,090 (USA) (26 October 2001)
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Filmmaker Yimou Zhang has said that this film was his tribute to and heavily influenced by the work of Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami. See more »

Quotes

Zhao Di, Young: I'll be waiting for you.
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Simple and wonderful love story
26 October 2003 | by (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia) – See all my reviews

The Road Home is a movie about a very standard and simple love on the first site story. The beauty is in the great acting and the spirit that comes out of the actors.

I liked a lot to watch how people in such villages live and how they dress and the movie gave attention to many daily events of those people.

Again, the acting is gorgeous, but the values that the movie is showing is great also and the strong bounds in the family is there in the movie and you can see how much the love and respect of a sun would make him do to meet his mothers wishes and how grateful student can be to a teacher gave his life to them.

Another point that I liked in the movie is how the director use color. In the current events, you will see black and white scenes and when flashbacks start the colors will come a life. The old days are better and there was the real life for the characters of this movie not the current days, except for the day the sun took his father's place in the school and start teaching the students of the village.

Great movie that I would love to watch again and again.


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