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  • Actors: Huiwen Zhang, Chen Daoming, Gong Li
  • Directors: Zhang Yimou
  • Producers: Li Li, Jia Yueting, Jerry Ye, Zhao Yifang, Zhang Zhao
  • Format: AC-3, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Mandarin Chinese
  • Subtitles: French, Portuguese, Spanish, English
  • Dubbed: Portuguese, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Canadian Home Video Rating : General Audience (G)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: March 8 2016
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B01ABD498Y
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #10,454 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Lu (Chen Daoming) and Feng (Gong Li) 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. When Lu is released years later, he returns home to find his beloved wife has amnesia and remembers little of her past. Unable to recognize him, she still patiently awaits her husband's return. A stranger within his own family, Lu is determined to awaken his wife's memory through gentle displays of unconditional and eternal love.

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There is not much to say about this outstanding movie, if you read the product description that’s on amazon
you’ll get it all, the one thing I have to say it’s heartbreaking to watch this woman who went from her most
vibrant self to a mishmash of solitude and of loneliness for her husbands return for being a political prisoner
of the Cultural Revolution, this is a true story that had more to it but can not be shown because of the censorship
of the Chinese government, when your own wife can’t remember your face that must be tough,
but like I said some of it could not be shown, I guess they didn’t want us to see how bad they were at that time,
“Emotionally Powerhouse Of A Movie....
Chinese. with English Subtitles. (no dub) 5.1 DTS-HD Master
Widescreen 2.39:1
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An extraordinary movie.( It helps to know a bit about the disastrous Cultural Revolution.)Very highly recommended.
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HASH(0x9e504c78) out of 5 stars Slow-moving (in the best possible way) romantic drama from China Jan. 25 2016
By Paul Allaer - Published on
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"Coming Home" (2014 release from China; 110 min.) brings the story of Lu, a "rightist bastard" during the Cultural Revolution. As the movie opens, we see a woman (Feng) and her daughter (Dandan) being called into the Propaganda Office of the girl's school, where they learn that Lu (the husband and father, respectively) has escaped from labor camp, and that they are not to see him. Feng and Lu nevertheless decide to meet up at the train station, where Lu gets captured again. We are then told "Three years later, the Cultural Revolution ends", and Lu arrives back home. Much to his shock, Feng does not recognize him. What caused Feng's amnesia? Will she ultimately recognize him? To tell you more would spoil your viewing experience, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.

Couple of comments: this is the latest movie from director Zhang Yimou (best known here for "House of the Flying Daggers"), Here he tackles a potentially sensitive topic in China, namely the horrible Cultural Revolution. But don't think that this is a political movie. Instead, it is a love story that happens to be set during and after the Cultural Revolution. Feng is played by the leading Chinese actress Gong Li (think of her as the Meryl Streep of China), and plays the role with restraint and visible hurt. Special mention also for the beautiful Zhang Huiwen in the role of Dandan (check out the ballet performances!). Last but not least, I couldn't help but notice that the piano you hear in the orchestral score is played by none other than Lang Lang. Bottom line: "Coming Home" is a slow-moving (in the best possible way) movie that examines the long shadows of the Cultural Revolution through the eyes of one particular couple.

The movie showed up out of the blue last October (yes, 18 months after its original release) at my local art-house theater here in Cincinnati. Better late than never I suppose. The weekday evening screening where I saw this at was attended poorly. A shame. If you are in the mood for a top-notch quality foreign movie that is light years away from your standard Hollywood fare, you may want to give this a try. "Coming Home" is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e27dda4) out of 5 stars Another winning collaboration March 30 2016
By Steve - Published on
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The stunningly successful team of Chinese actress Gong Li and director Zhang Yimou come together once again to produce another beautiful movie to add to their legacy.

Set against the Cultural Revolution and the years in the aftermath, Coming Home (based on the story by noted Chinese writer Geling Yan), focuses on a husband and wife who are separated when the husband Lu (a brilliant, understated performance by Chen Daoming) is sent away for "re-education," leaving his wife Feng (the incomparable Gong Li) and young daughter Dan Dan behind. Ten years later, a brief encounter occurs and the repercussions from that meeting form the basis for the rest of this emotionally engaging and heartbreaking character study.

Superficially, Coming Home is a heart-rending love story. Underneath, it speaks to the tragedies that linger long after the political landscape has shifted. It amazes me that Yimou is able to produce these movies in today’s China, despite the governmental oversight of all art (the film won the Golden Lotus for best movie in 2014). While not an in-your-face indictment of the policies that underlie the plot, it does force the viewer to consider the long-term effects of Mao’s years in power. Regardless, Coming Home is a gorgeously filmed, emotionally draining, and thought-provoking powerhouse of a film.

The Blu-ray disc offers a commentary from the director as well as a Q & A with him from the Toronto Film Festival.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9df055ac) out of 5 stars Slow and Deep March 12 2016
By Clarity - Published on
Is there someone in your life who seems to have grown a bit tired of you? Do you accept this as a part of life and continue to be kind and loyal to this person? If so, you absolutely must see this movie. It will empower you forever.
This certainly isn't a face-paced film. But, as they say, slow waters run deep. It was only during the final scene that I realized the depths this film is working in. I feel so privileged to have seen this movie.
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HASH(0x9df4da74) out of 5 stars Exquisite! April 28 2016
By D.M. - Published on
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A truly gorgeous triumph - Provokes powerful emotions - Astonishing portrayal of the complexities of sincere love operating in an environment of manipulated conformity. The most remarkable love story I've ever seen. Wow.
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HASH(0x9df310b4) out of 5 stars This is a classic. March 24 2016
By Mai - Published on
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The exquisite Gong Li in a delicate and subtle drama. All the acting was flawless in this realistic and sensitive film. Sets, costumes and cinematography were outstanding.