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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.

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Tony Ayres

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Tony Ayres
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Cast

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
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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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$387,707
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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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Features It's Academic (1961) See more »

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From bad to worse
2 September 2007 | by mmunierSee all my reviews

A terribly sad story told through the memories of the youngest child of a mother and her two children who migrates from Hong Kong where she was somewhat of a cabaret singer, to Melbourne where she really does not find a favourable Fung Sui. I went to see the movie, perhaps with too much expectation. But one expectation I did not have is the down to earth handling of the production. I felt it was not a movie anymore but a tragic event unfolding before my eyes in ordinary Melbourne low key suburb. Lot of things go wrong, and I found myself waiting for a little ray of sunshine, may be you will too. The acting is excellent and the pain is real. The cinematography is just as real, no fancy shot, no "make up" on the images, just the same as you get someone out of bed, nature too was in the raw. I had to accept all this was done in purpose to get a more positive feeling about this film. knowing a fair bit about some aspect of Asian way of life from personal experience, I had a lot of empathy with the characters and their resentment of the an old cow.


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