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The Road Home (Wo de fu qin mu qin) (2000)



Average Rating: 7.4/10
Reviews Counted: 80
Fresh: 71 | Rotten: 9

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


Average Rating: 7.6/10
Critic Reviews: 23
Fresh: 21 | Rotten: 2

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



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Following on the heels of director Zhang Yimou's Not One Less (1999), which won the top prize at the 1999 Venice Film Festival, comes this sensitively-wrought portrait of a young woman's unshakable love. The film opens in the present, shot in gritty black and white, as businessman Luo Yusheng (Sun Honglei) returns to his hometown in the rural Hebei province to attend the funeral of his father. When Luo suggests that the coffin should be brought home from the hospital on a tractor, his aging


Drama, Romance, Art House & International

Bao Shi

Nov 27, 2001


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

August 20, 2001 Full Review Source: Detroit News
Detroit News
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Celebrates a beauty and heroism around us that we often miss in both our movies and our lives.

July 19, 2001 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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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.

July 19, 2001 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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A gentle, engaging narrative of constancy and devotion against all odds.

June 28, 2001 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly
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Of course, the past always looks better in retrospect, especially to those who have never done without indoor plumbing.

June 25, 2001 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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In the spirit of the best nostalgic village pics, only one thing happens, and yet it turns out to mean everything to its characters.

May 4, 2010 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
East Bay Express

Mantendo seus habituais comentários políticos em segundo plano, Yimou narra uma história de amor simples, mas tocante, trazendo Zhang Ziyi numa performance absolutamente adorável.

March 30, 2006
Cinema em Cena

For the way it gave me room to ponder, for the gift of its colors, and for the delicate performance by Zhang Ziyi... it's one of my favorite films of 2001.

January 15, 2005
Looking Closer

About love acutely desired in youth and fiercely remembered in old age… delicately simple and emotionally satisfying.

March 2, 2004 Full Review Source: Decent Films Guide
Decent Films Guide

Zhang Ziyi, who is considered to be the movies new queen of kung-fu shows that she can do more than just kick *** here.

November 7, 2003
Greenwich Village Gazette

It's a simple story but lovingly told and pleasant to watch.

March 11, 2003 Full Review Source: Offoffoff

A touching little pleasure. The story is about as uncomplicated as it can get, and the visuals and the performance of Zhang Ziyi are there for the audience to simply soak-in.

July 12, 2002 Full Review Source: Window to the Movies
Window to the Movies

"The Road Home" takes the subject of love and presents it in its purest form. A stunning and beautiful meditation

May 25, 2002 Full Review Source:

A celebration of the power of love.

February 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Charlotte Observer
Charlotte Observer

A touching love story without a cynical bone in its body.

December 26, 2001 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Well-made tripe.

December 16, 2001 Full Review Source: Film Written Magazine
Film Written Magazine

...The images are unsupported by storytelling of any particular gravity...

November 27, 2001 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

Its fine acting -- especially by Zhang Ziyi -- and its visual artistry trigger deep emotions, despite a simple story.

July 27, 2001 Full Review Source: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

A sumptuous treat.

July 23, 2001 Full Review Source: Phantom Tollbooth
Phantom Tollbooth

An old-fashioned and heartfelt film.

July 23, 2001 Full Review Source:

A straightforward, emotionally honest drama.

July 20, 2001 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

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.
April 30, 2011

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,
February 23, 2010
Bruce Bruce

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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.
December 31, 2007

Super Reviewer

If you miss it from the music, Zhang Yimou has also strategically placed Titanic posters on the set for you to appreciate the enormity of the parallel romance here : ) A wonderful love story without all the drownings and death -- and DiCaprio. I never ever get tired of Zhang Ziyi. What a beautiful face. (08/12/07
August 12, 2007

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