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Back to 1942 (2012) More at IMDbPro »Yi jiu si er (original title)

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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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Release Date:
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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Epic and interesting story! 6/10 See more (16 total) »


  (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 
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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0 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Epic and interesting story! 6/10, 4 April 2015
Author: leonblackwood from United Kingdom

Review: This is an epic and interesting movie about the famine in a place called Henan during the 1942 Japanese war which took 3 million people's life's. It follows a wealthy family who are forced to flee Henan with the rest of the many families who struggle to reach a better place, which will supply them with food and shelter. The journey takes its toll on the many families and the lack of food and freezing weather takes many of there life's. There's a lot of political issues connected to the reasons why they are forced out Henan, which are addressed in the movie but it's the touching story of the family which really made the movie for me. The acting is great from all of the cast and I really can't imagine how it must have been for the real people that were forced into this gruesome situation. I would have liked it dubbed in English so I could have concentrated on the emotional scenes but thats just me being picky. Although the subject matter is quite deep and the storyline was pretty interesting, I did get bored in some parts and it did seem to drag after a while. With that aside, the true story is amazing and I'm surprised that this epic journey about the people of Henan and there search for a better life, wasn't told earlier. Watchable!

Round-Up: This is another one of those films were they put the big names on the poster and there not really in the film. In this case the people are Adrien Brody and Tim Robbins who only had small parts in the movie. To be honest, they were the reason why I rented the movie because I was wondering how they were involved in this epic tale but they wasn't the main characters in the film. Brody did play a massive role in getting the aid to the starving people who took part in this amazing journey but I didn't really see the point in Tim Robbins role. Anyway, I personally enjoy movies were you actually learn something and in this case, it's a piece of Chinese history which I hadn't heard about before. Its a shame that it didn't get the big Hollywood treatment because I'm sure that a lot of people will be shocked when they see what these individuals had to go through. They ended up thinking that dying was a blessing because the journey became too much for the people of Henan and the ones that survived, had to live with the fact that they lost there families and loved ones in such a terrible way.

I recommend this movie to people who are into their epic dramas about the famine in Henan and there epic journey to find a better life, which took 3 million people's life's. 6/10

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