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Release Date:
25 January 2007 (Hong Kong) See more »
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Plot:
A black comedy about a farmer who tries to bring home the body of his friend, who died far from their town. | Add synopsis »
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3 wins & 6 nominations See more »
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Getting Home
 (From Scorecard Review. 27 November 2009, 7:38 AM, PST)

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A road trip across a colourful country See more (9 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Benshan Zhao ... Old Zhao
Qiwen Hong ... Old Liu
Dandan Song ... The Woman
Degang Guo ... The Hijacker
Jun Hu ... The Lorry Driver
Haiying Sun ... Old Policeman
Fan Liao ... The Young Policeman
Yu Xia ... The Cyclist
Ma Wu ... The Old Man at the Funeral
Jinshan Liu ... The Crooked Restaurant Boss
Qi Zhang ... The Hair Salon Girl
Tao Guo ... The Beekeeper
Ying Chen ... The Beekeeper's Wife
Liu Yuanyuan ... The Lady - Lots of Makeup
Yi Sha Na ... The Nurse
Bo Liu ... The Tractor Driver
Lin Xiong Zhang ... The Blood Donation 'Point Man'
Dong Ming Wu ... The Shelter Officer
Chang Guo Li ... Truck Driver #1
Chao Yang ... Truck Driver #2
Xia Shang ... The Passenger
Ping Xie
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Directed by
Yang Zhang 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Yao Wang 
Yang Zhang 

Produced by
Wouter Barendrecht .... producer
Yong Er .... producer
Peter Loehr .... producer
Zhang Wang .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Yiu-Fai Lai 
Nelson Yu Lik-wai 
 
Production Design by
Misti Boland 
 
Art Direction by
Sally Cummings 
 
Production Management
Jiakun Zhang .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Crystal Gong Chun .... assistant director (as Gong Chun)
 
Other crew
Wei Li .... production assistant
Bing Shao .... production assistant
Haiqing Tian .... production assistant
Quantong Zhang .... production assistant
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Luo ye gui gen" - China (original title)
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Hong Kong:110 min
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The original title "Luo ye gui gen" is a Chinese proverb meaning "Falling leaves return to their roots".See more »

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A road trip across a colourful country, 13 July 2012
Author: kluseba from Chicoutimi, Canada

Here comes a dark comedy movie from People's Republic of China with a not truly original story but some great images and a solid acting.

After the death of a coworker, his colleague and friend wants to fulfil his mate's last wish and bring his cadaver in his small home town that happens to be almost two thousand miles away. On his way through the big and diversified country, the man on his strange mission meets a lot of strange people such as philosophical thieves, heartbroken truck drivers, lonely but smart old men, bikers that are looking for freedom and fulfilment, cutthroat restaurant owners, desperate but cordial beggars and dutiful police officers before the movie ends with a little twist.

The movie has a lot of colourful characters and kicks off with the most funny and intriguing scenes in the bus and with a truck driver. After a strong start, the movie gets a little bit redundant now and then and has a couple of lengths. Even the good acting in this road movie can't help that the movie sometimes gets lost. In contrast to these lengths, the beginning and the ending of the movie are definitely too abrupt and lack of depth.

The movie doesn't centre around its weak plot but around true Chinese valours and the diversified cultures, landscapes and people. I though feel that this movie is once again slightly propagandistic and tries to dress an almost perfect image of the Chinese people even if there are also one or two bad boys to find. Every recent Chinese movie contains some proverbs and traditional songs. When you first see and hear this, it's exotic, intriguing and original but it gets a boring and pretentious trend. It's the same as if every second American film would include Christmas carols and mention the American Dream. It would get annoying after a while. This movie also contains too many proverbs and carols.

In the end, this movie is especially an interesting one for anybody that doesn't know that much about Chinese culture as one can discover a lot of cultural things about this amazing country in this movie. Anybody that is used to Chinese cinema won't discover anything new and apart of a very solid start, a very good acting and a well done romance towards the end, this flick remains quite average. It's worth to be watched once but nothing more in my humble opinion.

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