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Yi jiu si er (2012)

Not Rated | | Drama | 29 November 2012 (China)
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A deadly drought in 1942 takes its toll on central China's Henan province during the war against Japan.

Director:

Xiaogang Feng

Writers:

Zhenyun Liu (novel), Zhenyun Liu
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Guoli Zhang ... Master Fan Dianyuan
Hanyu Zhang ... Brother Sim
Wei Fan ... Lao Ma
Yuanzheng Feng Yuanzheng Feng ... Xia Lu
Fan Xu ... Hua Zhi
Daoming Chen ... Chiang Kai-shek
Xuejian Li ... Li Peiji
Jingyi Yao Jingyi Yao ... Lingdang
Jiale Peng Jiale Peng ... Liubao
Qian Li Qian Li ... Master Fan's Daughter-in-Law (as Li Qian)
Huifang Yuan Huifang Yuan ... Master Fan's Wife
Shaohua Zhang Shaohua Zhang ... Xia Lu's Mother
Ziwen Wang ... Xing Xing
Mo Zhang ... Shuan Zhu
Yi Zhao Yi Zhao ... Master Fan's Son
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Storyline

A famine with multiple contributing factors and devastating effects during the Second Sino-Japanese war is chronicled from the official perspective of reporters, generals, politicians and real families whose lives were forever altered by drastic measures they were forced to take in order to survive. Alternately ignoring the dire nature of the famine and its subsequent exodus of millions of people from the Hunen province, and minimizing its devastation to the outside world, the Chinese Nationalist government of the time is one which seems to be over burdened by ongoing war efforts and corruption in the distribution of relief supplies. Policy and private life are worlds apart in stopping the devastation shown through the portrayals of those who lived to tell the tale and their accounts of those who were not so lucky, of whom there were many (3 million.) This is a true story based upon Liu Zhenyun's novel "Remembering 1942," Zhenyun himself is the descendant of a survivor of the 1942 ... Written by zandernat-!

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Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

China

Language:

Mandarin | English | Japanese

Release Date:

29 November 2012 (China) See more »

Also Known As:

1942 See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$33,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$105,702, 30 November 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$308,871, 28 December 2012
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Beautifully portrays the horrific occurrences during the 1942 famine of China
26 June 2014 | by nevershoutnever273See all my reviews

I had no idea of what was going on in China during WWII until I saw this film. This movie enlighten me on the dark facts of starvation and just how far people will go to survive. Although it is in Chinese and subtitled in English, please don't let that keep you from seeing this film. Out of the few movies that really makes you feel, that makes you rethink everything you know about anything, Back to 1942 defiantly ranks top ten in my opinion. I'm not going to give anything away, but the end of this movie left my jaw hanging open and my mind scrambling to understand all that had happen in the two hours and thirty minutes of pure devastation. If you are looking for a movie that shows the sad reality of this world, I urge you to see this film.


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