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Back to 1942 -- A deadly drought in 1942 takes its toll on central China's Henan province during the war against Japan.

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Release Date:
29 November 2012 (China) See more »
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A deadly drought in 1942 takes its toll on central China's Henan province during the war against Japan. | Add synopsis »
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18 wins & 9 nominations See more »
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Back To 1942: Review
 (From 24FramesPerSecond. 29 November 2012, 1:24 AM, PST)

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since the one posted yesterday apparently got censored... See more (12 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Guoli Zhang ... Master Fan Dianyuan

Hanyu Zhang ... Brother Sim
Wei Fan ... Lao Ma
Yuanzheng Feng ... Xia Lu

Fan Xu ... Hua Zhi

Daoming Chen ... Chiang Kai-shek

Xuejian Li ... Li Peiji
Jingyi Yao ... Lingdang
Jiale Peng ... Liubao
Qian Li ... Master Fan's Daughter-in-Law
Huifang Yuan ... Master Fan's Wife
Shaohua Zhang ... Xia Lu's Mother
Ziwen Wang ... Xing Xing

Mo Zhang ... Shuan Zhu
Yi Zhao ... Master Fan's Son
Shu Zhang ... Dong Jiayao
Xiaojie Tian ... Officer
Lan Ke ... Soong May-ling
Guoqiang Zhang ... Guo Jiquao
Zhen Yu ... Jiang Dingwen
Zhang Chenguang ... Chang / Tao-fan
Yongjian Lin ... County Magistrate

Tim Robbins ... Bishop Megan

Adrien Brody ... Theodore Harold White
Yihong Duan ... Chen Bulei
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nathaniel Boyd ... American Embassy Translator
Chun Du

Alfred Hsing ... Refugee
Zhong Lü ... Zhang Fang's mother
Zhenyu Qiao ... Secretary Han
Alec Su ... T. V. Soong (aka Soong Tse-ven)
Jiahui Yang ... Orphan girl
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Directed by
Xiaogang Feng 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Zhenyun Liu  novel
Zhenyun Liu 

Produced by
Chen'an .... co-executive producer
Kuo-fu Chen .... executive producer
Chengsheng Gao .... co-executive producer
Sanping Han .... producer
Xiaoli Han .... co-producer
Lorraine Ho .... co-executive producer
Xiaofeng Hu .... executive producer
Xiaofeng Hu .... line producer
Xiang Huang .... co-executive producer
Peter Lam .... producer
Stephen Lam .... co-producer
Shirley Lau .... co-producer
Albert Lee .... co-executive producer
Chaoyang Li .... co-producer
Guangquan Liu .... producer
Wanli Liu .... co-producer
Zhengwei Ni .... co-producer
Yue Ren .... co-executive producer
Dai Song .... producer
Yiyang Wang .... producer
Zhongjun Wang .... producer
Zhonglei Wang .... executive producer
Bernard Yang .... associate producer
Wenhong Yang .... co-executive producer
Albert Yeung .... producer
Xia Yue .... co-executive producer
Dajun Zhang .... co-executive producer
Huali Zhang .... co-executive producer
Qiang Zhang .... co-executive producer
Yu Zhang .... co-producer
Duojia Zhao .... co-executive producer
Hai Cheng Zhao .... co-executive producer
Hongmei Zhao .... co-executive producer
 
Original Music by
Jiping Zhao 
 
Cinematography by
Yue Lü 
 
Costume Design by
Timmy Yip 
 
Production Management
Jason Pomerantz .... production manager (IMAX Version)
 
Sound Department
Paul Hammond .... adr mixer
Erica Kram .... adr coordinator
Jiang Wu .... sound recordist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Remi Epron .... aerial pilot & technician
 
Other crew
Alfred Hsing .... assistant: Adrien Brody
Alfred Hsing .... assistant: Tim Robbins
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Yi jiu si er" - China (original title)
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Runtime:
145 min
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Official submission of China to the Oscars 2014 best foreign language film category.See more »
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17 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
since the one posted yesterday apparently got censored..., 7 December 2012
Author: lancequan2046 from Toronto

A tamer version of my review in desensitized words:

Good film, could've been a great film.

A rather controlled and somber depiction of a dark chapter in modern history, subtly echoing another tragedy that happened 16 years later. Surprisingly un-judgmental and un-sentimental for a historical film recreating despair and lowest possible form of human existence.

Feng presents the multiple layers of clues and facts that lead to the ultimate tolls almost as-matter-of-factly, leaving the audience putting together the puzzles and drawing their own conclusions, which is a rather clever way of avoiding censorship and engaging the audience.

Could have been A LOT grittier and more affecting. The acting is powerful in this film. However for a film depicting a major famine that claimed over 3 million lives in recent history, not much huger is shown as visuals in the film, most of the lingering hunger is talked about/acted out (as opposed to being displayed visually) which reduces the general affecting power of the film.

Xu Fan and Zhang Guo-Li are amazing in this film with their acting. Xu gives her most powerhouse performance yet, portraying the tough bottom- feeder hillbilly b*tch who would attempt anything/everything in defending her and her family's rights to live. However for a country woman who's been starving for over 100 days and more than willing to sell her bottom half for a couple of crackers, what's with her double- chin? (think Jennifer Lawrence's face in The Hunger Game – she can act all she wants but I'm sorry, girlfriend is just NOT that hungry) What TF happens to her makeup artist team and special visual effects people?!

Adrien Brody is effectively engaging as a very eager T.H. White who's desperately trying to expose the truth, whether driven by his journalist instincts, Pulitzer, or a genuine sympathy for the poor and depraved. However don't even get me to start with Tim Robbins - why is he even in the film??? The couple of scenes he's in are cringe-inducing. Even if you edit them out altogether it would not affect the story's flow whatsoever.

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