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Taking Father Home

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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Ying Liang
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: Mandarin Chinese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Typecast Releasing & Tidepoint
  • DVD Release Date: July 20, 2010
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003PVC30Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #247,694 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Filmed with a borrowed camera and featuring a cast made up almost entirely of the director s friends and relatives, Taking Father Home is the moving story of Xu Yun, a teenager who lives in a remote village in China s Sichuan province. With nothing but a basket of geese to use as currency, he travels to the city of Zigong to find and retrieve his father who walked out on the family six years before. Once in Zigong, Yun learns quickly as he finds no shortage of mentors eager to impart advice.

Director Ying Liang's remarkable evocation of the sights, sounds and smells of Zigong is breathtaking, recreating the mood and character of an entire culture with just the simplest of touches and the most basic use of dialogue. An utterly engaging emotional experience, Taking Father Home has established Ying as one of world cinema's most promising young talents.

DVD Features:
  • US & International Trailers
  • Exclusive interview with director Ying Liang and producer Peng Shan
  • Audio: Mandarin Chinese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Review

    I could not tear myself away from the screen until I learned the outcome of Xu Yun's journey to take father home. --Malcom L. Rigsby, Prof. of Sociology, Henderson State University

    Ying presents China with an incisive, analytical eye; in his calmly unfolding tableaux, the dramatic action seems to arise from the jarring locations, such as high-rise buildings abutting rundown alleys and desolate boulevards that loom in the night like dead zones. The eruption of the foretold devastation. The floods, which are shown in documentary images, correspond to the moral devastation that surrounds the boy's desperate mission. This richly nuanced yet powerfully symbolic movie is an astonishingly accomplished debut. --The New Yorker

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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By RIZZO _*.*_ VINE VOICE on October 9, 2010
    Format: DVD
    Taking Father Home is a unique movie from first time young director Ying Liang in that it doesn't exactly follow the protocol of filmmaking, especially with a very low budget! The film was done with borrowed videocameras and on $5,000. Casting was composed of mostly friends of the director and producer, and none were paid.

    The story begins with a 17 year old boy, Xu Yun, from the village on a mission to locate his father who has abandoned the family 6 years ago. Xu Yun knows the exact address where is father now lives in the city of Zigong with a new wife and child. Father, like many, landed in the city to make money. Xu Yun, the naïve country boy, strictly on a mission, begins his journey with a basket on his back that carries two geese, just in case he needs to sell them to get by in the city. Plus, he carries a large knife.

    Along the way, he encounters the real world of city people, including a criminal who becomes a mentor, and a policeman who becomes like a surrogate father. But mostly, it is a policeman takes him through the city, follows him, leads him around encountering the common folk, violence, and a threat of the city flooding.

    The film captures a close-up of the city streets, the people, culture, and scenery. There is no great plot, the viewer just observes and feels like you are along for the ride through his journey. The story is very simple, a relationship between a father and son that is not. There isn't any great intensity or anxiety in following Xu Yun in his journey, but, as I said, it feels as if the viewer is simply goes along for the ride.

    For more on the director's vision, influence, budget, etc. don't miss the special feature on the film. There is not much on the making of the film, but more of an interview into the vision of the director and his girlfriend, the producer.
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    I read with some fascination the stellar reviews of Taking Father Home (English title), praising it for being of unexpectedly high quality for a first film by a hitherto unknown young Chinese director. It was also shot on an unbelievably low budget ($5000 according to one source). As the first feature-length film by Ying Liang and his partner, using borrowed cameras and non-professional actors drawn from their families and friends, it deserves recognition as an experiment in filming that promised greater cinematic successes from this 2005 start. I would commend especially the camera work in sequences from rugged and hardship-ridden rural Sichuan to the burgeoning vast new cities (in this case Zigong), sprouting up with a speed and magnitude that has never been seen before in human history. Having traveled extensively in China with a Chinese friend who came from a similarly rural background, I have seen much of both areas, and can attest to the accuracy of much of the contrasting scenery. Many of the secondary characters in the film were also very capably portrayed in their supporting roles; to my eyes and ears they were very reminiscent of the common men and women you see everywhere in modern China. But, I do think there is much exaggeration in the gushing reviews from even very sophisticated sources. The plot was, to my mind, naïve, the main character, bravely, but not successfully, carried off by the Boy Carrying the Ducks (the Chinese title of the film) and the ending a major disappointment. It appeared tacked on as though the director or his partner had run out of a ideas and just needed to wake the audience up after long scenes of inexplicable, repetitive and sullen, taciturn behavior on the part of the main character. He had lost my interest and sympathy early in the film.Read more ›
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    By nlb3kids on June 13, 2014
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    this was done with no pay to the actors and from a borrowed camera. That being said, I found it boring
    with too much repetition in the dialog and scenes and slow moving. There were moments that were good
    but, too few. The geese were however great.
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