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The Home Song Stories (2007)

A man remembers his childhood and his mother, a Chinese night club singer who struggled to survive in Australia with her two children.


Tony Ayres


Tony Ayres
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Credited cast:
Joan Chen ... Rose Hong / Hong Meigui
Yuwu Qi ... Joe
Joel Lok ... Tom
Irene Chen ... May
Steven Vidler ... Bill
Kerry Walker ... Norma
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gabrielle Chan ... Winnie
Guang Qiao Feng Guang Qiao Feng ... Young May
Leo Fong Leo Fong ... Wen Xuan
Ferdinand Hoang ... Bing Guo
Philip Lau Philip Lau ... Chan
Fred Lee Fred Lee ... Slick Chinese man
Mia Lethbridge Mia Lethbridge ... Amanda
Yang Li Yang Li ... Mr. Sun
Ivy Mak ... Kim


Rose, a Shanhainese songstress singing at nightclubs in HongKong during the 60's, marries an Australian sailor and migrates with her young son and daughter to Melbourne. Her past filled with lost innocence, she begins a cycle of dependence and desperation to create a family for herself and her children, culminating with her affair with Qi, an illegal immigrant from HongKong. Watched through the eyes of her young son, the mother's journey reveals painful truths about the human condition, the love of family and self, and the price we pay for growing up. Written by Anonymous

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An excellent cast do their best with another story about a selfish mother, written and directed with unwarranted solemnity.
7 September 2007 | by BOUFSee all my reviews

It's almost a shock to see 'Script Editor' amongst the closing credits, because at least half of this pleasant, rather humourless film is a series of stock situations which have already been more economically and interestingly explored in other films about selfish mothers. It's tough for an audience to maintain their interest in a central character who cares only about herself, but two thrids of the way through this ghastly woman's journey, the main focus switches to her children, and there are scenes of poignant, painful truth which have undeniable clout. The script and direction tend to self-importance, but the cast (especially Steven Vidler) is excellent, but the costume design, as in so many period Australian films, is superficial and self-conscious.

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Mandarin | Cantonese | English

Release Date:

23 August 2007 (Australia) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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