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Back to 1942 (2012)

Yi jiu si er (original title)
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.


Xiaogang Feng


Zhenyun Liu (novel), Zhenyun Liu
32 wins & 21 nominations. See more awards »





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


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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Official submission of China to the Oscars 2014 best foreign language film category. See more »


Referenced in Chelsea Lately: Episode #6.182 (2012) See more »

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a must see Chinese movie
4 December 2012 | by kevin_mq5See all my reviews

Before I went to watch this movie, I thought it might be another attempt by another Chinese director to win western market. I thought it might be another hero, a weird martial arts movie that surprisingly pleased western market but not me, a Chinese who grew up with martial arts culture.

How wrong I was, this movie was all about Chinese: government corruption, Chinese fighting Chinese, and bureaucratism, the movie showed them all, and more importantly, real. This movie does not only have the stunning visuals all the big budget Hollywood movies have, but it also has an amazing way of telling history. The movie showed the how cruel a war could be, by telling story of a rich family in Henan province at 1942, when there were a drought and a war threatening. The overall tone was serious, but you will be laughing at some little humors now and then.

I would definitely suggest this movie to anyone who is interested in Chinese culture. For it displayed a real china, unpleasant, even sad, but its real.

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Mandarin | English | Japanese

Release Date:

29 November 2012 (China) See more »

Also Known As:

一九四二 See more »


Box Office


$33,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$105,702, 2 December 2012

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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