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So Long, My Son (2019)

Di Jiu Tian Chang (original title)
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Two married couples adjust to the vast social and economic changes taking place in China from the 1980s to the present.


Xiaoshuai Wang
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jingchun Wang ... Yaojun Liu
Mei Yong ... Liyun Wang
Xi Qi ... Moli Shen
Roy Wang ... Xing Liu (15 Years) (as Yuan Wang)
Jiang Du ... Hao Shen
Liya Ai Liya Ai ... Haiyan Li
Cheng Xu Cheng Xu ... Yingming Shen
Jingjing Li ... Meiyu Gao
Zhao-Yan Guo-Zhang Zhao-Yan Guo-Zhang ... Xinjian Zhang (as Yangouzhang Zhao)
Zhenjiang Bao Zhenjiang Bao ... Chairman
Shuang Wu Shuang Wu ... Moli Shen (17 Years)
Zizi Wang ... Jing Tong
Xinyuan Zhang Xinyuan Zhang ... Hao Shen (12 Years)
Jiachen Wu Jiachen Wu ... Xing Liu (12 Years)
Yajun Wang Yajun Wang ... Yaojun Liu's Sister


'We're waiting to grow old'. This sentence briefly sums up Yaoyun and his wife Liyun's bitter realization about their lives. They were once a happy family - until their son drowned playing by a reservoir. And so Yaojun and Liyun leave their home and plunge into the big city, although nobody knows them there and they cannot even understand the local dialect. Their adopted son Liu Xing does not offer them the comfort they had hoped for either. Defiantly rejecting his 'foreign' parents, he one day disappears altogether. The married couple are repeatedly enmeshed in their memories. Finally, they decide to return to the site of their lost hopes. In this family saga spanning three decades of Chinese history, the private and the political merge and the individual gets caught up in the gears of a society in the throes of constant change. Part melodrama, part critique of the times, this film takes us from the country's upheaval in the 1980s following the Cultural Revolution to the prospering ... Written by Anonymous

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The first installment of "Homeland" trilogy by Wang Xiaoshuai which will be spanning China over the past 50 years. See more »


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Referenced in Estrenos Críticos: Septiembre 2019 (2019) See more »

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The perfect sequel to "Lifetimes" (1994)
14 August 2019 | by frankde-jongSee all my reviews

This years we are witnissing something of a "Chinese new wave". "So long my son" was already the third Chinese film I saw this year (after "An elephant sitting still" (2018, Bo Hu) and "Long day's journey into night" (2018, Gan Bi)).

"So long my son" is the perfect sequel to "Lifetimes" (1994, Zhang Yimou). "Lifetimes" covers de period 1940 - 1970 in Chinese history and "So long my son" the period 1980 up till now. In "Lifetimes" the culrurel revolution is the most defining event, in "So long my son" it is the one child policy.

In "Lifetimes" the story is told in chronological order. "So long my son" jumps back and forth in time. Together with the many characters "So long my son" asks from his viewers that they keep paying attention. The one who does so is richly rewarded for this. Moreover the peculiar chronological order is in my opinion less artificial than in for example "Memento" (2000, Christoher Nolan). Some events in the film have such an emotional "gravity" that it is just natural that they disrupt the normal chronological order.

"So long my son" is in some ways critical to Chinese society. Apart from the one child policy and the damage it has done it shows the growing gap between rich and poor. The critisism mainly concerns however policies started by Deng Xiaoping. The widening of the distance between rich and poor is after all an indirect consequence of the open door policy (mixed state ruled and market economy) that was introduced in 1978.

"So long my son" says nothing about the surveillance state that Xi Jinping is building at the moment. Long it was thought that a more market oriented economy would lead by itself to a more liberal political system. This did not happen, and one can call that "The Chinese paradox". Now we have a smaller "Chinese paradox" in the movie industry, where the surveillance state does not preclude the already mentioned Chinese new wave.

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