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Gui lai (2014)

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
Yan Ni ... 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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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Hold Aloft the Revolutionary Banner
Music by Meng Bo
Lyrics by Lu Mang
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Very touching and heartfelt movie
16 September 2016 | by wandrust07See all my reviews

It's been a long time since I've watched a film that deeply affected me in a disturbing way. This movie is a love story between a husband and wife driven apart because of the circumstances beyond their control. It also touches on families torn apart because of the policies in place during Mao's communist rule. While the movie focused on one family, it's easy to envision similar hardships befallen on other families during that time.

The movie focuses on the family dynamic as a result of the fallout of Mao's policies. What made this movie was Gong Li's superb performance. It's been a while since I've seen her act in movies and I was awe struck by her acting in this film. Her portrayal of a woman who forever waits for her beloved husband's return moved me to tears.

The dialogue is minimal in this movies. Instead, the actors convey the sense of loneliness and love between the two people with body language. Gong Li executes this exceedingly well. So much so that I couldn't stop thinking of her character's forlong looks days after watching the movie!

Other reviewers have criticized the director for taking just the last few chapters of the book to turn into a movie. However, I think his focus for this movie was on the fallout rising from Mao's policies, hence only the passing allusion to the Cultural Revolution and the title 'Coming Home'.

I personally thought this movie was Gong Li and Zhang Yimou combo's finest collaboration (just barely edging out To Live).


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