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Last Train Home (2009)

Gui tu lie che (original title)
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
13 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »

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Changhua Zhang ... Self
Suqin Chen Suqin Chen ... Self
Qin Zhang ... Self
Yang Zhang Yang Zhang ... Self
Tingsui Tang Tingsui Tang ... Self
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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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Xiaotu Guaiguai
Lyrics by Zebing Hua
Recorded and Performed by Lijun Zheng
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A great documentary
26 June 2010 | by HughdocfanSee all my reviews

Lixin Fan's magnificent 'Last Train Home' is an observational documentary of the very highest standard. The subject is important and gripping - the experiences of migrant workers in modern China. We follow one family in particular who have left their teenage daughter and a son behind in the country while they work in the factories of the south. The skill of Lixin Fan is remarkable as he captures their experiences and this is a very moving film. There was one scene which I found particularly memorable where the father, a largely silent and disillusioned man, strikes his daughter repeatedly because he feels she does not appreciate what he and his wife have done for her. She turns to the camera and screams something like 'so you see? This is the real me'. What are we to think? Is she selfish and ungrateful or should we side with her against parents who abandoned her? I saw the film in Shanghai in June with Lixin Fan present. It was a great privilege. This is a modern documentary masterpiece and a sign of the strength of Chinese documentary film making.


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Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

9 September 2010 (Denmark) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Chongqing, China See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,418, 5 September 2010

Gross USA:

$288,328

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$309,717
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