The Road Home

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Time Out says

Zhang's Berlin Special Jury Prize-winner sees the present in grey, dispiriting monochrome, but flashes back to the politically fraught 1950s in rapturous colour - questionably suggesting that the Chinese were tougher, truer and more sincere in the good old days of political persecution. Set in a remote northern village, it charts one pretty girl's dogged courtship of the young teacher at the local school - the first obstacle being social taboos against unchaperoned meetings, the second being his lengthy disappearance for questioning in connection with 1957's 'Anti-Rightist campaign'. Both subject and style recall Xie Jin's The Herdsman (1981), a prime example of the kind of cinema that the 'Fifth Generation' directors supposedly swept away. The ultra-sentimental ending spells out the point that the Chinese can be as good as they ever were if only they stay in touch with their traditions.
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Release details

UK release:

1999

Duration:

100 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

Zhang Yimou

Cast:

Li Bin, Zhao Yuelin, Zheng Hao, Sun Honglei, Zhang Ziyi, Chang Guifa

Music:

San Bao

Art Director:

Cao Jiuping

Editor:

Zhai Ru

Cinematography:

Li Xiaoping, Hou Yong

Screenwriter:

Bao Shi

Producer:

Hu Xiaofeng, Zhang Zhengyan, Zhao Yu, Zhang Weiping

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