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GETTING HOME (Luo Ye Gui Gen)

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GETTING HOME (Luo Ye Gui Gen)

Director: Zhang Yang
China   |   2007   |   101 minutes
Mandarin, with subtitles in English
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FILM INFORMATION

Synopsis In this soulful and humane comedy, Zhao, a middle-aged construction worker, struggles to fulfill a dying co-worker's last wish to be buried in China's Three Gorges region. Setting out with his colleague's body in tow, Zhao travels hundreds of miles across extraordinary countryside, encountering a number of colorful adventures and characters– and even discovering love in some unlikely quarters. Director Zhang Yang's humorous and moving tale of friendship offers a powerful, and sometimes slapstick, commentary on the value of community and human connectivity in modern China.

About the Director Zhang Yang was born in Beijing, China in 1967. In 1992, he graduated from the Central Theatre Academy. He then directed a theatrical production of Kiss of the Spider Woman and went on to direct over twenty underground music videos. His first feature film, Spicy Love Soup, swept the domestic Chinese awards and his second feature, Shower, won the FIPRESCI prize at the Toronto International Film Festival. Getting Home is his fifth feature film.Available Screening Formats 35mm, DVD. Digibeta available upon request

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Featured in the Global Lens 2009 film series.



CAST

Zhao - Zhao Benshan
Liu Quanyou - Hong Qiwen
Scavenger Woman - Song Dandan
Bus Robber - Guo Degang

CREW

Director - Zhang Yang
Writers - Zhang Yang, Wang Yao
Producers - Harvey Wong, Liu Qiang, Er Yong, Stanley Tong, Zhang Yang
Cinematographers - Yu Lik Wai, Lai Yiu Fai
Editor - Yang Hong Yu
Sound - Wang Dan Rong
Music - Dou Peng
REVIEWS

“A debt of friendship turns into a life-changing experience for a Chinese working-class stiff in Zhang Yang's 'Getting Home', a road movie-cum-gentle comedy of manners that packs an emotional punch in its final reels. Topped by a finely calibrated, straight-faced perf by Mainland stage comedian Zhao Benshan, and marbled with en-route cameos by some of China's best character actors, pic is a feast of acting as well as an on-the-nose portrait of modern Chinese provincial life in all its absurdities.” –Variety

“Simply put, 'Getting Home' is one of the best Chinese films of the year. The latest effort from Zhang Yang, who previously delighted viewers with the likes of Shower, it sees the Sixth Generation director continuing his rich vein of form with another honest tale of ordinary people.” –Beyond Hollywood

“If there are films that can capture the loyalty of friendship while still making death seem comical and light-hearted, Zhang Yang's 'Getting Home', most certainly would make that list.” –Asia Pacific Arts, UCLA

FESTIVALS AND AWARDS

2008
PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
DUBAI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
PORTLAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

2007
Nominated for Golden Kinnaree Award; Best Film, BANGKOK INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Prize of the Ecumenical Jury; Panorama, BERLIN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Best Film, VLADIVOSTOK INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Grand Prix, TRONDHEILM FILM FESTIVAL
Audience Award, BARCELONA ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL
CHICAGO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
CINEMANILA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
DENVER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
HAWAII INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
NEW YORK ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL
SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
TOKYON INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

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