我的父亲母亲 Wo de fu qin mu qin [The Road Home] 1999
DVDrip | XviD-1237 | mp3@192 | 688x288 | 2 Audio tracks: Mandarin_1 French_2 | Subs: English, French, German idx/sub | DVD Cover | 1h26 | 1.0 Gb Drame Romance | China 1999 | Director Zhang Yimou
The film by Chinese director Zhang Yimou, The Road Home (1999) is a story of past and present. In black and white we see a young businessman return to a rural village where his father has died. His mother wants a traditional funeral, which involves carrying the coffin several miles in the depths of winter. Then, in flashback and brilliant colour, we are told the story of his parents' courtship. His father had come as the local schoolteacher and had fallen in love with his mother, a local girl. Political complications ensue and they are separated for two years, but at last reunited. This apparently simply tale is told with great insight and dazzlingly beautiful camerawork, in a style which echoes the Italian neo-realist films of the 1940s. Perhaps it doesn't have the complexity of the director's earlier film, Raise the Red Lantern (1991), which starred the luminous Gong Li, but The Road Home has her match in Zhang Ziyi, who also starred in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000).