So Long, My Son ()

Di jiu tianchang (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.


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Yaojun Liu
Liyun Wang
Moli Shen
Xing Liu (15 Years) (as Yuan Wang)
Hao Shen
Liya Ai ...
Haiyan Li
Cheng Xu ...
Yingming Shen
Meiyu Gao
Zhao-Yan Guo-Zhang ...
Xinjian Zhang (as Yangouzhang Zhao)
Zhenjiang Bao ...
Shuang Wu ...
Moli Shen (17 Years)
Jing Tong
Xinyuan Zhang ...
Hao Shen (12 Years)
Jiachen Wu ...
Xing Liu (12 Years)
Yajun Wang ...
Yaojun Liu's Sister
Xing Liu (Adult)
Kaishuo Bai ...
Hao Shen (4 Years)
Yihan Cao ...
Hao Shen (Baby)
Yixuan Zhao ...
Xing Liu (4 Years)
Zimo Tian ...
Xing Liu (Baby)
Ruirui Lu ...
Meiyu Gao's Daughter (2 Years)
Qiao Wang ...
Meiyu Gao's Daughter (18 Years)
Leon ...
Moli Shen's Son
Jiaqin Sun ...
Female Worker in Workshop
Lei Cong ...
Female Worker Making Trouble 1
Mingshuo Wang ...
Female Worker Making Trouble 2
Lan Su ...
Officer in Family Planning Department 1
Chunjun Liu ...
Officer in Family Planning Department 2
Wei Yang ...
Yuting Gu ...
Yingming Shen's Mom
Lijian Yuan ...
Yingming Shen's Dad
Zonghui Hu ...
Woman Collecting Clothes
Yuwei An ...
Pond Worker 1
Bo Liu ...
Pond Worker 2
Xiaojun Zhang ...
Fisherman 1
Wenbo Shi ...
Fisherman 2
Hongxu Liu ...
Fisherman 3
Peiyang Liu ...
Worker in Repair Workshop
Dong Lü ...
Neighbour 1 (as Dong Lv)
Tingting Liu ...
Neighbour 2
Zimeng Gao ...
Neighbour's Daughter
Shaolin Zhang ...
Yaojun Liu's Brother in Law
Zhixuan Wang ...
Yaojun Liu's Dad
Yukun Sun ...
Yaojun Liu's Mom
Tengda Liu ...
Worker in Repair Shop
Liu Yang ...
Xing Liu's Class Supervisor
Jian Chen ...
Yaojun Liu's Friend 1
Chunlin Lin ...
Yaojun Liu's Friend 2
Wenjian Lin ...
Yaojun Liu's Friend 3
Dong Luo ...
Hao Shen's Colleague
Jie Chao ...
Xing Liu's Girl Friend
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Akash Boro

Directed by

Xiaoshuai Wang

Written by

Mei Ah ... ()
Xiaoshuai Wang ... ()

Produced by

Guan Dandan ... co-producer
Luan Fuxing ... co-producer
Jianv Han ... producer
Sanping Han ... line producer
Junyi He ... producer
Shaohua Huang ... co-producer
Steven Hui ... line producer (as Zhiyong Xu)
Defu Jiang ... co-producer
Wei Li ... line producer
Zheng Ling ... line producer
Xuan Liu ... producer
Yini Qian ... executive producer
Bing Wang ... co-producer
Hai Wang ... producer
Hua Wang ... line producer
Jingchun Wang ... producer
Lijun Wang ... executive producer
Xiaoshuai Wang ... producer
Ye Wang ... associate producer
Zhang Xi ... line producer
Ray Xue ... assistant producer
Jinsong Yang ... line producer
Wei Yang ... producer
Dong Yu ... producer
Meng Zhang ... co-producer
Yuan Zhao ... executive producer

Music by

Dong Yingda

Cinematography by

Hyun Seok Kim ... (Director of Photography) (as Hyunseok Kim)

Film Editing by

Lee Chatametikool ... lead editor

Editorial Department

Liang Xia ... post-production coordinator

Casting By

Feng Lei

Art Direction by

Dong Lü ... (as Dong Lv)

Makeup Department

Lisa Cartlidge ... Prosthetic Artist
Sonia Coppi ... prosthetic production manager
Sophie Louise Davis ... Prosthetic Artist
Liu Jianglan ... makeup artist
Zhang Peng ... makeup department head
Matthew Smith ... prosthetic makeup designer

Production Management

Anne Lelandais ... french dubbing post production manager

Sound Department

Miguel Calvo ... sound effects editor
Kang Fu ... re-recording mixer / supervising sound editor
Marvin Lormel ... french dubbing dialogue editor
Sergio López-Eraña ... background sound editor
Steve Miller ... supervising sound effects editor
Pablo Áset ... sound effects editor

Special Effects by

Cliff Wallace ... special effects makeup

Visual Effects by

Xander Guo ... visual effects supervisor

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Yan Pang ... Wardrobe Stylist

Additional Crew

Louisa Dent ... Managing Director: Curzon Artificial Eye
Harriet Harper-Jones ... Acquisitions Manager: Curzon Artificial Eye

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Plot Summary

'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 turbo-capitalism of the present day. Told in sweeping tableaux, it makes visible the deep scars that lie beneath the surface of an ostensibly unbroken success story. Written by Anonymous

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Also Known As
  • 地久天长 (China, Mandarin title)
  • So Long, My Son (World-wide, English title)
  • So Long, My Son (United States)
  • So Long, My Son (Ireland, English title)
  • So Long, My Son (United Kingdom)
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  • 185 min
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Trivia The first installment of "Homeland" trilogy by Wang Xiaoshuai which will be spanning China over the past 50 years. See more »
Movie Connections Referenced in Septiembre 2019 (2019). See more »
Soundtracks Auld Lang Syne See more »
Quotes Moli Shen: In love, women are stupid.
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