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Zhang Yimou returns to making a small gritty drama about society in China

Director Zhang Yimou builds up the emotions gradually in his drama Coming Home

Published on May 28, 2014 1:29 PM
The leads of Coming Home, Chen Daoming and Gong Li (both above), put on strong performances as a couple whose lives were affected by the Cultural Revolution. -- PHOTO: GOLDEN VILLAGE PICTURES

Review Drama


111 minutes/Opens tomorrow/***1/2

The story: During the Cultural Revolution in China, Lu Yanshi (Chen Daoming) was sent away to a labour camp as a political prisoner. He finally returns home when it ends in 1976, only to find that things have changed at home. His wife Feng Wanyu (Gong Li) blames their daughter, Dandan (Zhang Huiwen), for Lu's recapture after an escape and, more devastatingly, no longer recognises him. He tries ways and means to rekindle her memory of him. Based on the novel The Criminal Lu Yanshi by Yan Geling.

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