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Back to 1942 -- At the height of World War II, millions of rural Chinese refugees embark on a desperate journey to escape a widespread provincial famine. Fraught with danger, their trek soon begins to erode the invisible lines separating cultures and classes.
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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29 November 2012 (China) See more »
A deadly drought in 1942 takes its toll on central China's Henan province during the war against Japan. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Back To 1942: Review
 (From 24FramesPerSecond. 29 November 2012, 1:24 AM, PST)

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  (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
Li Qian ... 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
Morning Chang ... Chang / Tao-fan (as Chenguang Zhang)
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
Zhong Lü ... Zhang Fang's mother
Zhenyu Qiao ... Secretary Han
Alec Su ... T. V. Soong (aka Soong Tse-ven)
Jiahui Yang ... Orphan girl

Alfred Hsing ... Refugee (uncredited)

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 (as Yabo Li)
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
Haicheng Zhao .... co-executive producer
Hongmei Zhao .... co-executive producer
Original Music by
Jiping Zhao 
Cinematography by
Yue Lü 
Production Design by
Haiying Shi 
Costume Design by
Tim Yip  (as Timmy Yip)
Production Management
Jason Pomerantz .... production manager (IMAX Version)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Elisa Jiang .... assistant director
Sound Department
Paul Hammond .... adr mixer
Erica Kram .... adr coordinator
Jiang Wu .... sound recordist
Visual Effects by
Cui Chen .... compositor: NAGA FX
Camera and Electrical Department
Remi Epron .... aerial pilot & technician
Tiantian Qian .... camera operator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Rong Wang .... costume supervisor
Other crew
Alfred Hsing .... assistant: Adrien Brody
Alfred Hsing .... assistant: Tim Robbins
Elisa Jiang .... post-production coordinator

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Also Known As:
"Yi jiu si er" - China (original title)
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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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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Long way, 4 December 2013
Author: kosmasp

There are many stories that can be told all over the world that probably are not on your radar. This is one of them. Even if you know the facts (the numbers in that case), seeing that playing in front of your eyes is something completely different. It's devastating watching events unfolding especially when it's clear that some things might have been avoidable.

With some American star power (Brody and Robbins in this case in smaller roles), the movie depicts war and the cruelties to the common folk. So you won't be able to see much fighting (though there are still quite a lot of war scenes), but the effects it has on civilians. A difficult movie, not only because of the running time, but a very well made one. Even if you're not that much interested in History, this is able to grab you and hold your breath/attention until the end

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