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Coming Home (2014)

Gui lai (original title)
PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 16 May 2014 (China)
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Lu and Feng are a devoted couple forced to separate when Lu is arrested and sent to a labor camp as a political prisoner during the Cultural Revolution. He finally returns home only to find that his beloved wife no longer recognizes him.

Director:

Yimou Zhang

Writers:

Geling Yan (based on the novel by), Jingzhi Zou (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Li Gong ... Feng Wanyu
Daoming Chen ... Lu Yanshi
Huiwen Zhang Huiwen Zhang ... Dan Dan, the daughter
Tao Guo ... Officer Liu
Ni Yan ... Officer Li
Chun Li ... Cui Meifang
Jia-yi Zhang ... Doctor Dai
Peiqi Liu ... Officer Liu
Jiali Ding ... Mr. Fang's wife
Bai Qing Xin Bai Qing Xin ... Officer Ballet School
Feng Zu ... Officer Deng
Xiaoyi Chen ... Gong Suzhen
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Storyline

Lu Yanshi (Chen Daoming) and Feng Wanyu (Gong Li) are a devoted couple forced to separate when Lu is arrested and sent to a labor camp as a political prisoner, just as his wife is injured in an accident. Released during the last days of the Cultural Revolution, he finally returns home only to find that his beloved wife has amnesia and remembers little of her past. Unable to recognize Lu, she patiently waits for her husband's return. A stranger alone in the heart of his broken family, Lu Yanshi determines to resurrect their past together and reawaken his wife's memory. Written by Anonymous

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Drama | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for some thematic material | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

China | France

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

16 May 2014 (China) See more »

Also Known As:

Coming Home See more »

Filming Locations:

Beijing, China

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$26,361, 13 September 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$377,607

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$49,700,000
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Music by Shi Guangnam
Lyrics by Han Wei
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Slow-moving (in the best possible way) romantic drama from China
24 October 2015 | by paul-allaerSee all my reviews

"Coming Home" (2014 release from China; 110 min.) brings the story of Lu, a "rightist bastard" during the Cultural Revolution. As the movie opens, we see a woman (Feng) and her daughter (Dandan) being called into the Propaganda Office of the girl's school, where they learn that Lu (the husband and father, respectively) has escaped from labor camp, and that they are not to see him. Feng and Lu nevertheless decide to meet up at the train station, where Lu gets captured again. We are then told "Three years later, the Cultural Revolution ends", and Lu arrives back home. Much to his shock, Feng does not recognize him. What caused Feng's amnesia? Will she ultimately recognize him? To tell you more would spoil your viewing experience, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.

Couple of comments: this is the latest movie from director Zhang Yimou (best known here for "House of the Flying Daggers"), Here he tackles a potentially sensitive topic in China, namely the horrible Cultural Revolution. But don't think that this is a political movie. Instead, it is a love story that happens to be set during and after the Cultural Revolution. Feng is played by the leading Chinese actress Gong Li (think of her as the Meryl Streep of China), and plays the role with restraint and visible hurt. Special mention also for the beautiful Zhang Huiwen in the role of Dandan (check out the ballet performances!). Last but not least, I couldn't help but notice that the piano you hear in the orchestral score is played by none other than Lang Lang. Bottom line: "Coming Home" is a slow-moving (in the best possible way) movie that examines the long shadows of the Cultural Revolution through the eyes of one particular couple.

This movie is now a year and a half, yet it recently showed up out of the blue at my local art-house theater here in Cincinnati. Better late than never I suppose. The weekday evening screening where I saw this at was attended poorly. A shame. If you are in the mood for a top-notch quality foreign movie that is light years away from your standard Hollywood fare, you may want to give this a try. "Coming Home" is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!


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