Coming Home

2014

Action / Drama / History / Romance

15
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 92%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 84%
IMDb Rating 7.3 10 4221

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Li Gong as Feng Wanyu
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by tenshi_ippikiookami 8 / 10

Holding to the past

A beautiful movie, "Coming Home" tells the story of a Chinese family broken apart because the Cultural Revolution and politics, a family that will try to still be a family through really difficult times. Shot with simplicity and a clear focus by Yimou Zhang, the movie comes alive thanks to the amazing performances of the three principal characters, played by Li Gong, Daoming Chen and Huiwen Zhang. It is Li Gong, though, who stands head and shoulders above everything around her, with a performance that will most the viewer's eyes and so alive that it will remain with them long after the credits roll.

The story, as said above, centers around a Chinese family. The father, Lu Yanshi, is imprisoned by the system during the Cultural Revolution. Feng Wanyu, his wife and Dan Dan, the daughter, stay back home, trying to survive the difficult times, especially as their lives have been marked by their relationship to Lu Yanshi. When Lu Yanshi gets released, he finds a family very different from the one he left.

And here is where Go Ling comes to shine. Her character, Feng Wanyu, lives too much trough her husband (one of those abnegated characters that seem to be born to serve and worry about others), but Go Ling just inhabits the character with so much mastery that you won't be able to take your eyes of the screen. Every gesture, sentence, look, every movement of the hand is a piece of work, the creation of a memorable character.

This is a movie that lives and dies through its performances. Luckily for us, they save us from a movie that could have been pure cheese and delivers us a vibrant look to life, privilege and loss.

Reviewed by Andres-Camara 6 / 10

Too bad it could have been much better

It's a good movie. You believe her whole. But for me the cinema is much more than a script. A film is composed of a script, direction, photography, makeup, hairdressing, art, etc. But this film, having very good things, falls short on others that are indispensable, all of them are.

The actors are great, everyone, from the first to the last. Everyone gets you into the movie.

The script is fine. He even tells you things that have happened in other countries, with political backgrounds, and what they brought, and he tells you about focusing on a family and what happened to him.

But photography, with those white spotlights that hurt the eye, makes the film very bad. It has good moments of photography but there are many times that are not mistakes, the worst thing is that they are wanted and badly wanted.

It has an address that is quite good, but it conforms. It does not pretend to tell as does good cinema. Narrate with the camera does little people know and this is not the case. Someone will tell me that it is not mandatory, of course, but it does not earn points.

It is a movie that is very well and you see with pleasure but to be a great movie you lack those details that take movies to be great.

Reviewed by krocheav 8 / 10

A Disillusioned Coming Home

It's always pleasing when a modern movie comes along and reminds us there are still movie makers who understand the basic, intrinsic feelings that motivate our everyday existence. Writers, directors, and producers who are willing to chance making a little less money for the sake of humanity. If you want Mad Max or Superman you won't find them here - so be ready to look into the depths of real souls, maybe even your own!

For a story written by a former officer in the army of the PLR during the Cultural Revolution of Chairman Mao – Shanghai born novelist Geling Yan, certainly seems to suggest she has serious misgivings - about what was done to innocent victims in those dark days of political upheaval. While the screenplay by Zou Jingzhi for "Coming Home" is based on Yan's novel "The Criminal Lu Yanshi" it doesn't give us much insight into what crimes Lu committed – instead, it scores its points detailing the tragic aftermath that all too often follow the grief of separation - this time as direct result of political incarceration. In his role of the persecuted Professor Lu, Daoming Chen is terrific, while Li Gong is his equal as his long suffering wife Feng. The movie begins when their daughter, Dandan, played by the exquisite Huien Zhang is in her teens - she was three when Lu was first taken for punishment by the Communist police - so initially, has little understanding of his motivations or forgiveness for his 'betrayal' of the party.

Cinematography by Zhao Xiaoding (The Great Wall '16) perfectly captures the living conditions and constraints placed on the people following the over-throw of the revolution. And director Zhang Yimou proves he still has the soul he displayed so superbly with "The Road Home" in 1999. His opening shot through the undercarriage of a passing train is promise of an intense personal journey. The use of rain adds to the feeling of being out-in-the-cold, hunted. Composer Qigang Chen, himself a victim of the Cultural Revolution, adds a rich music score, with piano solo's by Lang Lang, accompanied by a wonderful song without words. If you want action and monsters look towards Yimou's "The Great Wall" as you may feel disillusioned by "Coming Home" – otherwise, a high recommendation to discerning audiences.

In some ways this could be looked upon as being the "Hachi" '09 for humans.

In fact, this gem deserves a better presentation platform than via the trashy world movies channel - where it will fight for the odd play sessions with WM's usual ultra-low-life porn offerings. Should be transferred to Fox Masterpiece where it might possibly be better rewarded.

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