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  • Actors: Zhao Benshan, Hong Qiwen
  • Directors: Zhang Yang
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: Mandarin Chinese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Global Lens
  • DVD Release Date: September 6, 2013
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003QT5Y12
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #273,739 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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Getting Home (Luo Ye Gui Gen) - Amazon.com Exclusive

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."
–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

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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Clef Qian on January 16, 2012
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I very much enjoyed this film of contemporary China as seen through the trials and tribulations of a 50-year old migrant worker called Lao Zhao ("Old Zhao"). He works in construction in the megalopolis of Shenzhen in southern coastal China. When his co-worker dies, Lao Zhao attempts to fulfill a promise to bring him back home to his family in Sichuan province in the interior. The plot of "Getting Home" was apparently based on a true story. The Chinese title derives from the saying, "A falling leaf returns to its roots."

The film is both comic (with black humor involving the transport and preservation of a corpse) and sad. When the film opens, Lao Zhao thinks his friend has passed out at a cafe, but in fact he has died. The main character is never daunted. No matter what hardship he encounters en route to getting his friend to his native place, he perseveres. He feels joy in small victories, such as beating a water buffalo in a foot race or finding a tire that he can use. Lao Zhao reminds one of a modern-day Ah-Q, a fictional character by Lu Xun, one of the most important Chinese writers of the 20th century.

Lao Zhao changes the lives of those he meets. One of the characters is played by the eminent Wu Ma (the rapping drunken Daoist in "A Chinese Ghost Story"). His love interest is played by Song Dandan, a well-known stage comedienne (leader of the female rebels in "House of Flying Daggers"). All the cops who figure in the film seem to be kind and sincere, which perhaps is wishful thinking. One would like to think that the message of the film is that the good are rewarded and that Lao Zhao will carry on, but the ending is not conclusive and the future uncertain, which may in itself leave room for debate.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By thordog on March 8, 2012
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This is a must see film that easily found a place on my faves list. Beautiful cinematography of rural China paired with a compelling story and outstanding performance by Zhao Benshan make for a film that is simultaneously sweet, sad and funny. Lao Zhao's perseverance and plucky optimism in the face of adversity is uplifting and a lesson in finding joy in the small victories in life. After 5 years I'm surprised that it's still not available on Netflix when clearly it's available for purchase. I've caught it myself a couple times on IFC over the past couple of years.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 3, 2014
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This gem of a film offers so much - quirky characters, touching examples of ordinary people taking care of each other in extraordinary ways, slapstick comedy all amidst a journey into modern working class China. The settings of the film are ordinary enough ( a bus, a truck, a soup kitchen, etc) but in a sense the struggle is Odyssean - to return to one's home surmounting challenge after challenge only to discover that it is no more (thanks to the gargantuan 3 Gorges Project) but yet to continue the effort. A universal theme so creatively expressed in this film.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gunter Guckel on March 16, 2013
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This is a terrific movie. The story with its many captivating sub-stories is very touching and the acting is exceptional.

I watch very few movies. After having seen a small part of "Getting Home" on Link TV I knew I wanted to see all of it. And when I told My family and friends about a movie, they knew it was exceptional and they wanted to watch it also. All of us have enjoyed "Getting Home."
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