Back to 1942

Back to 1942  {Yi jiu si er}
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Back to 1942
Yi jiu si er
China, 2012, 145 Minute Running Time
Topics: History, War
Program: Awards Buzz : Best Foreign Language Film
Language: Mandarin English Sub-Titles

In this impressive historical epic, director Feng Xiaogang (who scored a blockbuster hit with his earthquake drama, "Aftershock") details one of the darkest moments in Chinese history. Three million people in Henan province died in the famine of 1942 when poor harvests and massive drought compounded the chaos of the Sino-Chinese war.

In this gut-wrenching account, wealthy landlord Master Fan sees his son killed and his village burnt to the ground by bandits. He and his family are forced to join the millions of refugees fleeing famine and advancing Japanese troups. While the Nationalist government turns a blind eye to the starving masses, Time journalist Theodore H White (Adrien Brody) treks to Henan to investigate.

He finds people dying everyday, some trading their children for food while others resort to cannibalism. "Feng Xiaogang has been called China’s Spielberg. Back to 1942 shows the director's mastery of chaotic spectacle, massed human motion and elegant camera movements.”
- Mark Jenkins, Washington Post

Winner: Best Film, Best Actor, Best Cinematography, Best Screenplay, Golden Rooster Awards; Best Director, Rome Film Festival; Best Film, Beijing Film Festival; Best Mainland Chinese Film, Hong Kong Film Awards.

DIRECTOR: Feng Xiaogang
Producer: Wang Zhongjun, Han Sanping, Liu Guangquan, Albert Yeung
Editor: Xiao Yang
Screenwriter: Liu Zhenyun
Cinematographer: Lu Yue
Music: Xiao Jiping
Principal Cast: Zhang Guoli, Adrien Brody, Chen Daoming, Tim Robbins, Zhang Hanyu, Lu Xuejian,Fan Wei
Filmography: If You Are the One 2 (2010)
Aftershock (2010)
If You Are the One (2008)
Assembly (2007)
The Banquet (2006)
A World Without Thieves (2004)


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