From the award-winning director of such acclaimed films as Raise the Red Lantern and Ju Dou comes aromantic drama whose story is as beautiful as the cinematography. THE ROAD HOME will take you on anunforgettable journey filled with romance, culture and tradition. When his father dies, Luo Yushengreturns from the city to his childhood village where his father was the much-revered local teacher.But what begins as a short trip to bury his father becomes much more when he learns his mother wants a traditional burial for her beloved husband. She wants to have him carried by foot, honoring the belief that a body returned this way will never forget the road home. As Yusheng enlists the men needed to fulfill her wishes, the story of his parents' love affair unfolds. In the days of arranged marriages, he learns theirs was the first based on love.
At the start of the most recent film from Chinese director Zhang Yimou (Raise the Red Lantern
, Ju Dou
, Shanghai Triad
), a young man returns to his native village after the death of his father, the village's schoolteacher, who died while trying to raise money for a new schoolhouse. His body is in a neighboring town; the young man's mother insists that it be brought back on foot, lest his spirit not find his way home. From this starting point, the young man recounts the tale of his parents' courtship, which involved a red banner, mushroom dumplings, a colorful barrette, and a broken bowl. The Road Home
is beautifully filmed, particularly the luminous face of Zhang Ziyi (from Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
), whose performance is a heartrending portrait of hope and yearning. A simple but deeply emotional film. --Bret Fetzer