Getting Home (2007, China)

Starring: Benshan Zhao, Hong Qiwen
Director: Yang Zhang
Genre: Comedy
Language: Mandarin
My Rating: 4/5

““Getting Home” is a road film in the purest sense, progressing in anecdotal fashion through Zhao’s encounters with a variety of quirky characters, some of whom help and some of whom hinder him in his journey. The plot revolves around a number of small, personal stories and is frequently unpredictable, as the viewer never knows what lies around the corner, or who he will run into next. Through this, the film works well as a series of clever observations on the lives of everyday people in modern rural China, and is both believable and fascinating. Despite the subject matter, it makes for upbeat and life affirming viewing, helped by the fact that the honest and loyal Zhao makes for a great, sympathetic protagonist who the viewer really comes to care for. His efforts to fulfil his promise are very touching, as are many of the tales of the people he meets, and Zhang shows his usual skill in avoiding cheap sentiment, keeping things heartfelt and unforced throughout.”

This entry was published on August 1, 2012 at 5:18 pm and is filed under 2007, 4/5 Great, China, Comedy. Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

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