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Gui tu lie che ()


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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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Suqin Chen ...
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Yang Zhang ...
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Tingsui Tang ...
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Directed by

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Lixin Fan

Written by

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Daniel Cross ... (story editor)

Produced by

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Mila Aung-Thwin ... executive producer / producer
Daniel Cross ... executive producer / producer
Bob Moore ... co-producer
Qi Zhao ... executive producer

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Olivier Alary

Cinematography by

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Lixin Fan ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Yung Chang
Lixin Fan
Mary Stephen

Editorial Department

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Anjet Blinde ... post-production assistant
Yung Chang ... editing consultant
Edmund Duff ... post-production assistant
Xi Feng ... assistant editor
Eric Gaudry ... colorist
Hannele Halm ... additional picture editor
Yi Han ... assistant editor
Francis Hanneman ... colorist
Michael Siu ... on-line editor (as Michael MK Siu)
Mary Stephen ... initial picture editor
Peter Wintonick ... editing consultant

Production Management

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Nathalie D'Souza ... executive in charge of production: TV5 Quebec Canada
Tabitha Jackson ... executive in charge of production: Channel 4
Bob Moore ... production supervisor
Justin Rebelo ... executive in charge of production: SuperChannel
Michael Siu ... post-production supervisor (as Michael MK Siu)

Sound Department

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Nicolas Dallaire ... foley recordist
Liming Fan ... sound recordist
Gavin Fernandes ... re-recording mixer
Paul Hubert ... foley artist
Eric Lagacé ... foley recordist
Jacques-Alexandre Levesque ... foley artist (as Jacques Alexandre Levesque)
Isabelle Lussier ... sound mix assistant
Cory Rizos ... re-recording mixer / sound designer / supervising sound editor
Kyle Stanfield ... adr recordist / dialogue editor

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Anjet Blinde ... titles
Xi Feng ... titles

Camera and Electrical Department

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Liming Fan ... still photographer
Lixin Fan ... camera operator / still photographer
Xiangbo Fu ... assistant camera
Shaoguang Sun ... camera operator
Weishan Tan ... camera operator / still photographer

Music Department

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Tim Gowdy ... music recording engineer
Johannes Malfatti ... musician

Additional Crew

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Claire Aguilar ... vice president of programming: ITVS International
Heenan Blaikie ... legal counsel
Anjet Blinde ... subtitles
Jérôme Branchet ... subtitles
Dean Chenoy ... legal counsel
Christi Collier ... coordinating producer: ITVS International
Wenlong Ding ... translation
Edmund Duff ... subtitles
Liming Fan ... transcription
Xi Feng ... subtitles
Sally Jo Fifer ... executive producer: ITVS International
Daniela Flori ... production coordinator
Xiangbo Fu ... production assistant
Wenwen Han ... translation
Yi Han ... production coordinator
Xue Huang ... translation supervisor / translation
Cynthia Kane ... program manager: ITVS International
Anuj Khosla ... production accountant / project administrator
Lilian Liu ... cultural consultant
David Magdael ... publicist
Naomi Miao ... translation
Xiaoyu Niu ... production assistant
Halima Ouardiri ... marketing supervisor / subtitles
Rock Pinard ... subtitles
Anne Stulz ... publicist
Wanyan Sun ... translation
Jin Wang ... transcription / translation
Laura Wills ... book keeping
Man Xie ... translation supervisor
Jifan Yang ... translation
Xin Yang ... transcription

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

Husband and wife Changhua Zhang and Suqin Chen are among 130 million migrant Chinese workers, most, like them, who have left children behind in the village for elders to care of, and who only see their family once a year when they head home for the biggest holiday of the year, Lunar New Year. In 2006, they will have been away from their village for sixteen years, they starting this life when their only child at the time, daughter Qin Zhang, was one year old, she raised by Suqin's parents, her father having since passed. Three years in their collective lives from 2006 to 2009 are told, largely centered on those annual trips home, and the parents' relationship with their two children, which also now includes adolescent son Yang Zhang, who they don't really know in only seeing them once a year. Changhua and Suqin's goal in choosing this life was to get the family out of poverty, they living to work - in a clothing sweat shop - sending money home so that Qin and Yang will stay in school for a better future, one that they themselves had no chance at in being confined to an agrarian existence. Qin, who over the course of those three years, will be at an age where she will make decisions for her own life, she seeing her parents' sacrifice not so much in that vein, but rather one that had a negative impact for her in not really having had parents and living what she considers a sad existence in the village, which is comprised primarily of school and farm work. Written by Huggo

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Also Known As
  • Le dernier train (Canada, French title)
  • Last Train Home (Canada, English title)
  • Gui Tu Jie Che (China, Mandarin title)
  • Last Train Home (World-wide, English title)
  • Der letzte Zug (Germany)
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  • 85 min
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