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25 January 2007 (Hong Kong) See more »
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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Getting Home
 (From Scorecard Review. 27 November 2009, 7:38 AM, PST)

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  (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
Yuanyuan Liu ... The Lady - Lots of Makeup (as Liu Yuanyuan)
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

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 Lik-wai Yu 
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
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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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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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Move Thee Reviews: Life is..., 4 July 2009
Author: Kenji Chan from Hong Kong

If the motherland were a river, I would be a fish swimming happily. If the motherland were a road, I would be a car moving forward happily. If the motherland were a tree, I would be a leaf waving in the breeze happily.

Life is unpredictable, consisting of ups and downs.Sometimes you may be in high spirits, but at other times you can feel very low. Sometimes you may meet very good people, but don't forget villains do exist. Sometimes you may bound forward and run quickly, but you can be found staggering along one night.

After a dead leaf falls down, it is absorbed by the soil and a new plant will grow.The cycle of birth, growth and death repeats itself, like the river in the last scene. That's life...

No matter how feeble and helpless we may feel sometimes, human beings will still struggle with the environment and fate for an opportunity to live. Ahead of us are lots of things to experience, exciting and depressing. Nevertheless, because of pain, we know what pleasure is. (That's just like the walking scenes in the movie. When the girls working in the field, cars, cow and bicycle pass by, we know how fast Old Zhao walks. By the way, the audience may pay attention to the symbolic meanings of different vehicles in the movie, e.g. bicycles, coaches, carts, private cars, trucks, buses, etc.) If we were doomed to the sufferings, what we are able to change would be the way in which we interpret them. Be positive and never give up! The movie ends suddenly and the unfinished business may puzzle some members of the audience. However, I personally find it very meaningful and symbolic. The ending successfully upgrades this can-be-typical road movie to an abstract motto. "Life is a road comprising UPS and DOWNS. Do live each day happily as it comes and enjoy life to the full!" The ending (i.e. the river) also symbolically implies that human beings should not always emphasize the importance of results. Instead, we should pay attention to the process.

Those touching moments, black humor, superb acting and the meaningful ending make this road movie a unique and impressive one causing catharsis. Moved to tears and laughter, you may ponder on the meaning of LIFE when you leave the theatre. My favourite movie in 2007!!!

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