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Last Train Home -- A family embarks on an annual tormenting journey along with 200 other million peasant workers to reunite with their distant family, and to revive their love and dignity as China soars as the world's next super power.

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A couple embarks on a journey home for Chinese new year along with 130 million other migrant workers, to reunite with their children and struggle for a future. Their unseen story plays out as China soars towards being a world superpower. | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)
Changhua Zhan ... Himself
Suqin Chen ... Herself
Qin Zhang ... Herself
Yang Zhang ... Himself
Tingsui Tang ... Himself

Directed by
Lixin Fan 
 
Produced by
Mila Aung-Thwin .... executive producer
Mila Aung-Thwin .... producer
Daniel Cross .... executive producer
Daniel Cross .... producer
Bob Moore .... co-producer
Zhao Qi .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Olivier Alary 
 
Cinematography by
Lixin Fan (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Yung Chang 
Lixin Fan 
Mary Stephen 
 
Production Management
Nathalie D'Souza .... executive in charge of production: TV5 Quebec Canada
Tabitha Jackson .... executive in charge of production: Channel 4
Bob Moore .... production supervisor
Justin Rebelo .... executive in charge of production: SuperChannel
Michael Siu .... post-production supervisor (as Michael MK Siu)
 
Sound Department
Nicolas Dallaire .... foley recordist
Liming Fan .... sound recordist
Gavin Fernandes .... sound re-recording mixer
Paul Hubert .... foley artist
Eric Lagacé .... foley recordist
Jacques-Alexandre Levesque .... foley artist (as Jacques Alexandre Levesque)
Isabelle Lussier .... sound mix assistant
Cory Rizos .... sound designer
Cory Rizos .... sound re-recording mixer
Cory Rizos .... supervising sound editor
Kyle Stanfield .... adr recordist
Kyle Stanfield .... dialogue editor
 
Visual Effects by
Anjet Blinde .... titles
Xi Feng .... titles
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Liming Fan .... still photographer
Lixin Fan .... camera operator
Lixin Fan .... still photographer
Xiangbo Fu .... assistant camera
Shaoguang Sun .... camera operator
Weishan Tan .... camera operator
Weishan Tan .... still photographer
 
Editorial Department
Anjet Blinde .... post-production assistant
Yung Chang .... editing consultant
Edmund John Duff .... post-production assistant (as Edmund Duff)
Xi Feng .... assistant editor
Eric Gaudry .... colorist
Hannele Halm .... additional picture editor
Yi Han .... assistant editor
Francis Hanneman .... colorist
Michael Siu .... on-line editor (as Michael MK Siu)
Mary Stephen .... initial picture editor
Peter Wintonick .... editing consultant
 
Music Department
Tim Gowdy .... music recording engineer
Johannes Malfatti .... musician
 
Other crew
Claire Aguilar .... vice president of programming: ITVS International
Heenan Blaikie .... legal counsel
Anjet Blinde .... subtitles
Jérôme Branchet .... subtitles
Dean Chenoy .... legal counsel
Christi Collier .... coordinating producer: ITVS International
Daniel Cross .... story editor
Wenlong Ding .... translation
Edmund John Duff .... subtitles (as Edmund Duff)
Liming Fan .... transcription
Xi Feng .... subtitles
Sally Jo Fifer .... executive producer: ITVS International
Daniela Flori .... production coordinator
Xiangbo Fu .... production assistant
Wenwen Han .... translation
Yi Han .... production coordinator
Xue Huang .... translation supervisor
Xue Huang .... translation
Cynthia Kane .... program manager: ITVS International
Anuj Khosla .... production accountant
Anuj Khosla .... project administrator
Lilian Liu .... cultural consultant
Naomi Miao .... translation
Xiaoyu Niu .... production assistant
Halima Ouardiri .... marketing supervisor
Halima Ouardiri .... subtitles
Rock Pinard .... subtitles
Anne Stulz .... publicist
Wanyan Sun .... translation
Jin Wang .... transcription
Jin Wang .... translation
Laura Wills .... book keeping
Man Xie .... translation supervisor
Jifan Yang .... translation
Xin Yang .... transcription
 

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Also Known As:
"Gui tu lie che" - Canada (original title)
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15 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Little light at the end of the tunnel, 14 March 2010
Author: Howard Schumann from Vancouver, B.C.

While the problem of migrant workers exists all over the world, in China the problem is particularly acute. According to Chinese government statistics, the current number of migrant workers in China is estimated at 130 million, approximately 9% of the population. The migrant worker's working and living conditions in the cities are precarious with most unskilled workers working ten to twelve hour days and having one or two days off a month without benefits, pensions, or health insurance.

Until recently the children of migrant workers were kept out of urban schools and high fees still prevent them from entering schools, so most migrant workers leave their children at home in the countryside. They grow up there with grandparents or other relatives and grow estranged from their parents, of¬ten seeing them only once a year, usually during the Chinese New Year. Despite these many problems, the migrant workers continue to come to the cities, because for many staying in the villages is no longer an alternative.

Lixin Fan's revealing documentary Last Train Home is not a film about economics but about humanity and the personal toll families of migrant workers must endure. Last Train Home is the first documentary for Fan, who worked as associate producer on the acclaimed film Up the Yangtze and as editor on To Live Is Better Than To Die, about AIDS in China. The film focuses on five members of the Zhang family whom the director met when touring a denim factory in Guangdong province, shooting 300 hours of footage over a period of several years as he became almost a member of the family.

Fan reveals that the Zhang's left their home in the countryside sixteen years ago just after the birth of their daughter to work in the factories of Guangdong province, making cheap goods for the West and only return home once a year for a few days during New Year. Along with 140 million other migrant workers, this is often the only occasion in which they can spend time with their children and parents. The story is about the Zhang's attempt to leave the city to journey to their countryside home while having to fight the inhuman crush of workers who crowd into Guangdong's dirty railway station to secure tickets. It is not a pretty picture.

The trip covers more than 2,000 kilometers and it is an exhausting and stressful journey by train, bus, and ferry. When they finally arrive, they are able to spend only a few days with their son Yang (10) and daughter Qin (17), who have grown up under the care of their grandparents and who they hardly know. During the last ten years, Qin has become resentful at never seeing her parents, even though the economic necessity of the arrangement is self-evident. The parents' only conversation is to tell the children to study hard but they show no interest in what they are studying or exploring with them their areas of weakness. In a rebellious frame of mind, Qin decides to leave school and go to work in a factory just like her parents, thinking that that is the path to freedom.

During one visit, adolescent acting out together with lack of parenting skills erupt into an ugly physical confrontation between father and daughter over her use of the "f" word, an altercation that could have easily been avoided if either one had shown some emotional maturity. "It was totally unexpected and just happened after this long train ride," Fan says. "I was actually in the next room changing a light bulb and heard a shout. It was a very tough moment because we were so emotionally attached by that point. But it reveals so much of the conflict in this family and how it's an inevitable result of this society and this time, and how this big nation is just dashing towards modernity." Last Train Home was shown at the Guangzhou Documentary Film Festival last year and it was an emotional experience.

The young audience, many of them students, loved the film. One boy said he couldn't stop crying during the screening — it was like seeing his own life on screen. His older sister, he said, had to give up school and go to work in the factory so he could continue studying. While the Zhang family shows much determination and resilience, their story has basically little upside to it. In exploring the dark side of the Chinese economic miracle, Last Train Home has plenty of tunnels along the journey but little light at their end.

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