The Road Home :: Chinese 1999 film

Language: Chinese

Year: 1999

Length: 89 minutes.

Directed by: Zhang Yimou

Produced by:Zhang Weiping, Zhao Yu

Screenplay by: Bao Shi

Starring:  Zhang Ziyi, Sun Honglei, Zheng Hao, Zhao Yulian

I watched this movie during the weekend on my laptop. Needless to say, it is one of the most thoughtful movie I have seen. The movie starts in black and white with the son of school teacher returning his home in the village from the city, hearing the death of his father. His mother who lives in the village has only wish - that his father be carried in the coffin by men on their shoulders to their village and cremated. The climate is drastic and the village mayor says it is difficult to get men to carry the coffin on their shoulders and brought to the village. However, his mother is reluctant that her dead husband should be carried in a car.

The son narrates the story of their parents courtship which took place in the year 1958. The parents love story is shown in Color. Luo Changyu is the young teacher who comes to village while the school is being built.

The plot of the movie set in the 1958 is of the young village girl who falls in love with the school teacher and how she longs the entire day to see him. She visits the well near to the school to fetch the water and secretly blushes hearing the voice of the teacher. How she waits for him to return from the town. Her endless search and falling sick while she goes in search of him in the heavy snowfall. The movie is so well shot that you would appreciate every scene. I would stop here and strongly reckon that you watch on the bigger screen at home. Though, its a Chinese movie, you can understand just by the gestures and subtitles are mere optional.

Rating: 5/5. 


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