Coming Home [Blu-ray] (Sous-titres français)
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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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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
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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!
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.
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.