Coming Home


Coming Home

Critics Consensus

The rare tearjerking melodrama with sociopolitical subtext, Coming Home plucks the heartstrings with thought-provoking power.



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Lu Yanshi (Chen Daoming) and Feng Wanyu (Gong Li) are a devoted couple forced to separate when Lu is arrested and sent to a labor camp as a political prisoner, just as his wife is injured in an accident. Released during the last days of the Cultural Revolution, he finally returns home only to find that his beloved wife has amnesia and remembers little of her past. Unable to recognize Lu, she patiently waits for her husband's return. (C) Sony Classics

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Li Gong
as Feng Wanyu
Daoming Chen
as Lu Yanshi
Huiwen Zhang
as Dan Dan
Guo Tao
as Director of the Propaganda Work Team
Peiqi Liu
as Comrade Liu
Zu Deng
as Instructor Deng
Xin Baiqing
as Ballet Headmaster
Chen Xiaoyi
as Gong Suzhen
Jiali Ding
as Fang's Wife
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Critic Reviews for Coming Home

All Critics (77) | Top Critics (23)

  • Intriguingly, the director has successfully woven a Kafkaesque metaphor into a classically Chinese melodrama.

    Oct 2, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • A modern yet timeless tragedy that's desperate, sad and rich with devotion.

    Oct 2, 2015 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
    Top Critic
  • Chen and Gong, two of China's most respected actors, offer two great performances in a film about love, loss and perseverance that will nearly break your heart.

    Oct 1, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Daoming just manages to keep the material from turning into a sentimental variation on "Waiting for Godot."

    Oct 1, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Heartbreaking in its depiction of ordinary lives affected by political upheaval, this ode to the fundamental values that survive even under such dire circumstances has an epic gravity that recalls another great historical romance, Doctor Zhivago.

    Oct 1, 2015 | Full Review…

    Maggie Lee

    Top Critic
  • Coming Home sinks into a conventional tragic romance rut that not even engaging performances by Gong and Chen can save.

    Oct 1, 2015 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Coming Home

  • May 30, 2015
    Li Gong shines in a nuanced performance that conveys many emotions such as sadness, confusion and a desperate longing for her husband; it is just a pity, though, that the film feels a bit repetitive and there is even an unnecessary revelation about an incident in the character's past.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer

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