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The Road Home (Wo de fu qin mu qin) (2001)



Critic Consensus: Beautifully filmed, The Road Home is a simple touching and tender love story.

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City businessman Luo Yusheng returns to his home village in North China for the funeral of his father, the village teacher. He finds his elderly mother insisting that all the traditional burial customs be observed, despite the fact that times have changed so much. Yusheng realizes that his mother's wishes must be respected. On the day of the funural more than one hundred of Changyu's former pupils turn up to carry the coffin - and none of them will accept payment. Before returning to the city, Yusheng symbolically honors his father's dearest wish: He spends one day teaching in the village school.more
Rating: G
Genre: Drama, Romance, Art House & International
Directed By:
Written By: Bao Shi
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 27, 2001
Box Office: $0.4M
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Ziyi Zhang
as Young Zhao Di
Zheng Hoa
as Luo Changyu
Zhao Yuelin
as Elderly Zhao Di
Li Bin
as Grandmother
Guifa Chang
as Elderly Mayor
Honglei Sun
as Luo Yusheng
Wencheng Sung
as Young Mayor
Liu Qi
as Elderly Carpenter Xi...
Ji Bo
as Young Carpenter Xia
Zhongxi Zhang
as Crockery Repairman
Zheng Hao
as Luo Changyu
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Critic Reviews for The Road Home (Wo de fu qin mu qin)

All Critics (92) | Top Critics (27)

If this film's coda doesn't move you to tears, you'd better make an appointment with your cardiologist.

August 24, 2001
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

A layered, delicately but surely romantic tribute to the simplicity and grace of a bygone era.

Full Review… | August 20, 2001
Detroit News
Top Critic

Celebrates a beauty and heroism around us that we often miss in both our movies and our lives.

Full Review… | July 19, 2001
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Zhang Yimou focuses so frequently on Ziyi's face in extreme close-up that she sticks like a daguerreotype to your retina -- and then your heart.

Full Review… | July 19, 2001
Washington Post
Top Critic

A gentle, engaging narrative of constancy and devotion against all odds.

Full Review… | June 28, 2001
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

In the spirit of the best nostalgic village pics, only one thing happens, and yet it turns out to mean everything to its characters.

Full Review… | May 4, 2010
East Bay Express

Audience Reviews for The Road Home (Wo de fu qin mu qin)

A really sweet, heartwarming, simple sort of love story. Chinese mysticism meets Hans Christian Anderson sugar. Reminds me of my road home.

Jennifer Xu

Super Reviewer


A true Romantic Film Here might even be considered a Chick Flick by some. Its about a man in China who is called home to bury his father, who was the village school teacher, so begins the novel as to how he met the man's mother who was a village girl who fell in love with the teacher at first sight. Not the typical American Love story, its better then that. Got to give it 5 Stars,

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

A simple, gentle but very effective film. Beautifully shot and wonderfully acted The Road Home captures perfectly the sweet melancholy of returning home. A brilliant relationship is brought to life in the most simple ways but they work. A calm and collected film that knows how to tell it's story.

Luke Baldock

Super Reviewer

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