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158 Ratings

Coming Home

Gui Lai

Directed by Zhang Yimou
China, 2014
Drama, History


Chen Daoming stars as a political prisoner who returns home to his wife (Gong Li) after the end of the Cultural Revolution.

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Coming Home Directed by Zhang Yimou

Awards & Festivals

Golden Horse Film Festival

2014 | Winner: Best Original Film Score

Hong Kong Film Awards

2015 | Winner: Best Chinese Language Film from the Two Coasts

Asian Film Awards

2015 | Winner: Best Newcomer

2015 | Nominee: Best Actress

Zhang’s smoothly efficient direction milks the melodrama for intimate emotion, conjuring the bad old days with varnished surfaces that give unspeakable suffering a halcyon glow. The drama of Feng’s failing memory involves a bitter twist of corruption and hypocrisy, but the Party’s ultimate benevolence remains unquestioned. Zhang’s rueful sentiment bears a whiff of the official.
September 14, 2015
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Nestled within Coming Home is a metaphor, one not about politics or cinema but about love and acceptance — about the things we expect from relationships, and the things in which we ultimately find a kind of muted happiness. As Lu and Feng struggle to reconnect, and find themselves settling for the oddest of dependencies, it’s hard to be unmoved.
September 11, 2015
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[It’s] disappointing that this film is not only from Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou—he of such memorable spectacles like Raise the Red Lantern, Hero, and the 2008 Beijing Olympics opening and closing ceremonies—but that much of it plays exactly like the bland, sentimental, and ultimately forgettable tearjerker you’d expect.
September 08, 2015
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