The Road Home (Wo de fu qin mu qin)


The Road Home (Wo de fu qin mu qin)

Critics 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.

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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
Li Bin
as Grandmother
Guifa Chang
as Elderly Mayor
Honglei Sun
as Luo Yusheng
Wencheng Sung
as Young Mayor
Liu Qi
as Elderly Carpenter Xia
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 (80) | Top Critics (24) | Fresh (71) | Rotten (9)

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

    Aug 24, 2001
  • A layered, delicately but surely romantic tribute to the simplicity and grace of a bygone era.

    Aug 20, 2001 | Rating: 4/4
  • Celebrates a beauty and heroism around us that we often miss in both our movies and our lives.

    Jul 19, 2001 | Rating: 4/4
  • 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.

    Jul 19, 2001 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…
  • A gentle, engaging narrative of constancy and devotion against all odds.

    Jun 28, 2001 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
  • Of course, the past always looks better in retrospect, especially to those who have never done without indoor plumbing.

    Jun 25, 2001 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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

  • Sep 07, 2016
    Finally got round to watching this 15-year-old film. Very touching, well-directed, sumptuously filmed story of young love. If you are tired of seeing Chinese films that bring out the worst in people (corruption, abuse of power, greed, injustice), then you should watch this. I found the plot of The Story of Qiu Ju???????a bit more interesting though, but The Road Home is more beautiful to watch. Zhang Ziyi is very lovable here.
    Letitia L Super Reviewer
  • Jul 25, 2012
    Another gorgeous and well layered epic from Yimou. Zhang brings out the colour in ordinary folk and make them people that we would want to encounter in our lives.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Feb 27, 2011
    Chinese drama. Man returns to childhood village to bury father who died in nearby hospital, but mother wants the coffin brought back by foot across the mountains first. Uh oh... long film about long walk with everyone reminiscing, squabbling, developing and reconciling, cue poignant music and fade. But no, film then cuts back to the early days when mother and father first met and shows the simple story of them falling in love instead. Lovely. <img src="">
    Lesley N Super Reviewer
  • Feb 21, 2010
    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 B Super Reviewer

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