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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.

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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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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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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Long way
4 December 2013 | by kosmaspSee all my reviews

There are many stories that can be told all over the world that probably are not on your radar. This is one of them. Even if you know the facts (the numbers in that case), seeing that playing in front of your eyes is something completely different. It's devastating watching events unfolding especially when it's clear that some things might have been avoidable.

With some American star power (Brody and Robbins in this case in smaller roles), the movie depicts war and the cruelties to the common folk. So you won't be able to see much fighting (though there are still quite a lot of war scenes), but the effects it has on civilians. A difficult movie, not only because of the running time, but a very well made one. Even if you're not that much interested in History, this is able to grab you and hold your breath/attention until the end


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