Getting Home (Amazon.com Exclusive)
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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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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
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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."
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Overall theme of perseverance and deep friendship and this man surely displayed those character traits way beyond what most people would be capable of. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Moanakai
I am a Chinese, but with English title it was understandable. nice movie.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Fabulous film first seen at London Film Festival.....a delightful 'road' movie sometimes hilariously charting one man's effort to get his dead friend's body back to his homeland... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Joy Cox
Heartwarming story of one man's determination to fullfill his friend's wish no matter what the obstacles. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Gigi
Beautiful scenery of China's countryside. Lao Zhao fulfilling his promise to bring his dead friend back to his family & be buried near them shows what true friendship is & means. Read morePublished 10 months ago by ky
One of the best movies you will ever see. Watch it and get enriched.Published 10 months ago by guru
Loved the movie. It was quirky, great photography of the landscape and it was funny. The only negative part of the movie was at certain times I could not read the subtitles due to... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Sandra Foley
We first saw this film at the Pacific Rim Film Festival in Santa Cruz, CA. It is about friendship, loyalty, and perseverance, It made us laugh in a difficult situation. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Carin
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