_A Road Home_ Review

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  1. Shawn_McD

    Shawn_McD Stunt Coordinator

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    Just watched this movie alst night. WOWZERS.

    Its about a son who visits the village of his father, and his mother is grieving and insists on some old custom of carrying the body to the village across the land by foot. So at first your like, c'mon lady. I mean, they have cars and stuff now, but then the mayor of the village explains to everyone the story of how the mother and father met and fell in love. So by the end of the story they flash back to the present (Which is in black and white).

    I felt like an ass.

    The story totally flip flops you. So then they need money to pay for it, the son has it luckily. Well i Won't ruin anymore but the tears keep falling, I guess this teacher was some amazing man and people from all over the country of china come to bear this burden. Well done movie, very heart wretching but a very "feel" good atmosphere.
     
  2. SteveGon

    SteveGon Executive Producer

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    A good movie, but the director, Zhang Yimou, has done much better: Red Sorghum, Ju Dou, Raise the Red Lantern, Hero.
     
  3. Kirk Tsai

    Kirk Tsai Screenwriter

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    Like the movie a lot too. Belongs in Zhang Yimou's more contemporary, smaller people phase in his filmography. Also file it under the famous Godard quote: "the history of cinema is boys photographing girls," where Zhang Ziyi first got all the loving close-ups (probably still the most amount in any of her films, for all you admirers out there).
     
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    And lots and lots of her running...too bad she was bundled up in all that winter wear [​IMG]

    I don't think it is one of Zhang Yimou's best either, but certainly worth seeing. If you enjoyed the warm fuzziness you'll probably want to see "Not One Less."

    BTW it's The Road Home.
     
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    Ahh yea,my bad. Yeah, I love that Actress. I dont know why.
     
  6. Cameron Yee

    Cameron Yee Executive Producer
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    Being totally hot may be a reason...
     
  7. Edwin Pereyra

    Edwin Pereyra Producer

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    My thoughts from 2001:

    Director Zhang Yimou:


    While it may be intended as cynical humor, I thought such placement was distracting, an intrusion and clearly out of place. Fortunately, it occurs early in the film that one forgets about it after a while.

    The Road Home is such a beautiful and moving film that I am glad there are still directors these days that take these kinds of risks albeit a foreign one. This is what cinema is all about. It is a film with quiet intensity that explodes visually and emotionally with the latter happening in the final moments of the film.

    In Mandarin with English subtitles.

    ~Edwin
     
  8. Cameron Yee

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    Interesting intentions about the Titanic poster. I actually didn't think much about it because of I've been to enough homes of older Chinese (all in America though) that have something pretty random just like that, whether it be a poster, calendar, what have you. Maybe mainland Chinese didn't display such tendencies until recently though, with the growth of commercialism in that region...
     

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