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Gui tu lie che (2009)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Drama | 9 September 2010 (Denmark)
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A couple embarks on a journey home for Chinese new year along with 130 million other migrant workers, to reunite with their children and struggle for a future. Their unseen story plays out as China soars towards being a world superpower.

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Lixin Fan
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Cast overview:
Changhua Zhang ... Himself
Suqin Chen Suqin Chen ... Herself
Qin Zhang ... Herself
Yang Zhang Yang Zhang ... Himself
Tingsui Tang Tingsui Tang ... Himself
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A couple embarks on a journey home for Chinese new year along with 130 million other migrant workers, to reunite with their children and struggle for a future. Their unseen story plays out as China soars towards being a world superpower.

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Documentary | Drama

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Language:

Mandarin

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9 September 2010 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Last Train Home See more »

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Chongqing, China See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$24,207, 5 September 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$285,848, 19 December 2010
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Xiaotu Guaiguai
Lyrics by Zebing Hua
Recorded and Performed by Lijun Zheng
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Very good documentary making
9 January 2011 | by priyantha-bandaraSee all my reviews

'The Last Train Home'- Review My rating – 4/5

'The Last Train Home' is not exactly is a feature film. It's a somewhat epic and very touching piece of real life documentary which is rolled around 2 Chinese emigrant workers. The skillful director Lixin Fan has followed this couple for over 2 years in making this movie which truly could have being a very challenging feet considering the moments that's captured on film.

The movie is about the lives of Chinese workers who leave their distant villages and come to work in factories and other urban jobs for better pay. The two lead rolls works in a garment factory for over 16 years 2100km away from their home. With greater ambitions of making their children good citizens with educational qualifications, the couple work hard each day with minimum facilities sleeping in a small space which they can call as the home. Saving every scent possible and sending it for their children's benefit they only get to go home once a year in the Chinese new year holiday. This odious mission of going home for the new year via train, bus and boat proves to be one of the most difficult tasks they take once a year as 113 million people leave for their villages on the same period. Which is known as the greatest human migration on the planet. And the movie tells the story of the two kids, who were raised by their grandmother while their parents are at hard work in the big city in a different perspective. The hardships and the emotional ride which they go through without having their parent at home.

You may find this documentary to be very touching and emotional. Specially seeing the real difficulties these people go through amidst Chinas great journey towards a developing nation. The real essence of cheap labor where China emerging in the world as a low cost production hub and the people who takes the toll for it is visualized dramatically. And this is not the glossy and flashy side of life behind all the fancy products we see on the stalls.


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