The premise of Getting Home
, a gently mordant comedy from the Chinese director Zhang Yang, is halfway between As I Lay Dying
and Weekend at Bernie's
....The picaresque tale, which won a jury award at the 2007 Berlin International Film Festival, combines the social commentary almost inevitable in a contemporary Chinese film....with a canny Western-style whimsicality. --Mike Hale, The New York Times
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, strait-faced [performance] 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. --Derek Elley, 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. --James Mudge, Beyond Hollywood
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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.
"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."
"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
Getting Home is an official selection of the prestigious, award-winning Global Lens Collection presented by the Global Film Initiative. In Mandarin with English subtitles.
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