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The Road Home (1999)

Wo de fu qin mu qin (original title)
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Prompted by the death of his father and the grief of his mother, a man recalls the story of how they met in flashback.

Director:

Yimou Zhang

Writers:

Shi Bao (novel), Shi Bao (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Ziyi Zhang ... Zhao Di, Young (as Zhang Ziyi)
Honglei Sun ... Luo Yusheng (as Sun Honglei)
Hao Zheng Hao Zheng ... Luo Changyu (as Zheng Hao)
Yulian Zhao Yulian Zhao ... Zhao Di, Old (as Zhao Yulian)
Bin Li Bin Li ... Grandmother
Guifa Chang Guifa Chang ... Mayor, Old
Wencheng Sung Wencheng Sung ... Mayor
Qi Liu Qi Liu ... Carpenter Xia, Old
Bo Ji Bo Ji ... Carpenter Xia
Zhongxi Zhang Zhongxi Zhang ... Crockery Repairman
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Storyline

City businessman Luo Yusheng returns to his home village in North China for the funeral of his father, the village teacher. He finds his elderly mother insisting that all the traditional burial customs be observed, despite the fact that times have changed so much, and that it involves many people carrying his father's body back to the village - the road home. As Yusheng debates the complications involved in organising such a big feat, he remembers the magical story of how his father and mother first met and got together. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Plot Keywords:

village | burial | china | grief | death | See All (117) »

Genres:

Drama | History | Romance

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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Country:

China

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

15 June 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Road Home See more »

Filming Locations:

Wilmington, North Carolina, USA

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,280,490

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,780,490
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Filmmaker Yimou Zhang has said that this film was his tribute to and heavily influenced by the work of Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami. See more »

Quotes

Zhao Di, Young: I'll be waiting for you.
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References Titanic (1997) See more »

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Moving endearing story
5 July 2002 | by InzyWimzySee all my reviews

This film tells the story of innocence and love. It's is not overly sentimental and performances are honest and sincere. The change in color is very symbolic as happy memories are depicted with plush colors. Zhang Ziyi as Zhao Di is really great here as her determination, will, and very giving nature makes her all the more likeable. Her sweet smile is very infectious! I was moved when she accidentally falls and drops here bag while running; emphasized the whole importance of the bowl. Very moving scene.

Director Zhang Yimou deserves credit for beautifully telling the story. Simple things (changing color of season from spring to winter) make for some stunning visuals like wheat fields flowing with the breeze and brightly leaf filled forests. Add a serene soundtrack and this is a movie worth seeing. See it for my sweetie Zhang Ziyi!


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