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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.

Director:

Tony Ayres

Writer:

Tony Ayres
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Cast

Credited cast:
Joan Chen ... Rose Hong / Hong Meigui
Yuwu Qi ... Joe
Joel Lok ... Tom
Irene Chen Irene Chen ... May
Steven Vidler ... Bill
Kerry Walker 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
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Storyline

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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Country:

Australia | Singapore

Language:

Mandarin | Cantonese | English

Release Date:

23 August 2007 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Câu Chuyên Vê Bài Hát Quê Huong See more »

Filming Locations:

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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A television documentary, "Beyond the Pack Ice" (1968), is seen on a television during the film and is mentioned on the credits. This documentary looks at the work performed by the Australian Antarctic research team based at Mawson Station in the late 1960s. See more »

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"C'mon Get Happy'
Weitten by Wes Farrell and Danny Janssen
Performed by The Partridge Family
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Tony Ayres Has Done A Brilliant Job.
24 February 2007 | by Big StuSee all my reviews

I went to the Australian premiere of "The Home Song Stories" last night, and I'm damn glad I did.

It's a great film.

Tony Ayres has done a magic job of bringing his life story to the big screen, and he's picked a great cast to do it with.

Newcomers John Lok and Irene Chen are fantastic as the young Tony and his older sister, Mei.

Joan Chen's finally found a great role, after a string of awful ones.

She shines as Tony's mother, a former Hong Kong nightclub singer who moves to Australia in 1971 with her two children, after marrying an Australian sailor... who she promptly shoots through on.

I don't really want to tell you too much about the movie, because I'd rather you went and saw it yourself.

All I can say is that it's a great study of immigrant life in the 70's, and a snapshot of Australia at the time.

I'm not sure how wide a release "The Home Song Stories" will get, but if it turns up in your local cinema, go see it.

I haven't enjoyed a film this much in a long time.

To hear an interview with Tony, go to

http://rastous.podomatic.com/entry/2007-02-25T18_39_35-08_00


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