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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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Cast overview:
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Zhao Di, Young (as Zhang Ziyi)
Honglei Sun ...
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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16 October 1999 (China)  »

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$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 »

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Zhao Di, Young: I'll be waiting for you.
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3 September 2005 | by (Norway) – See all my reviews

In my country you can "rent" DVD and VHS movies for free at the local libraries. One day I visited my local library and picked out a few random dvds and went home to have a movie marathon-weekend. One of these dvds was "The Road Home". By looking at the cover, I didn't think this was a movie for me, but anyhow I started watching it late at night. After the first few minutes had passed I thought it looked like a pretty boring movie. The first scenes are shot in black and white from a snow covered little village somewhere in the Chinese wilderness... I quickly decided to turn it off and hit the bed. The next day I had little to do. The weather outside was crap so I decided to stay in. I got bored and had nothing to do so I reluctantly started watching "The Road Home" from where I left off... This is probably one of the best things I've done so far in my life ;-) Since that day I've bought the DVD and seen the movies about 4-5 times and it's simply one of the most beautiful movies I've ever seen (and I've seen a few!)... To give you an idea: I persuaded two of my best friends to join me watching the movie. They didn't have high expectations as this is as far from the Hollywood action they normally favourise when going to rent a movie. They are men in their 30's and one of them is a pretty "macho" guy. When the end-titles started scrolling, both of them had to wipe their eyes :-))) They where actually crying! I guess this is more of a story than a movie review, but I hope it's enough to give this movie the attention it deserves ;-)


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