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Back to 1942

Back to 1942
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 31 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: May 14, 2013
  • Originally Released: 2012
  • Label: Well Go USA
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Note: Trailer
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - English, Mandarin
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 - English, Mandarin
    • Subtitles - English

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Entertainment Reviews:

Rotten36%

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Total Count: 11

Upright62%

AUDIENCE SCORE
User Ratings: 546
There is surprisingly little emotional resonance with the well-drawn and acted characters, making it a tiring two and a half hour trek for filmgoers who don't have a stake in the history it recounts. Full Review
Hollywood Reporter
Nov 29, 2012
Rating: 2.5/4 -- "Back to 1942" shows the director's mastery of chaotic spectacle, massed human motion and elegant camera movements. Full Review
Washington Post
Nov 30, 2012
A relatively even-handed account of a famine which killed three million people, but the storytelling is so careful that it fails to build much interest or emotion. Full Review
Film Journal International
Nov 30, 2012
Rating: 2/5 -- It catalogs agony without making you feel it. Full Review
New York Times
Nov 29, 2012
Rating: 2/5 -- Director Feng Xiaogang captures the epic scale of the exodus as well as the often-harrowing details, yet emotional connection proves more elusive. Full Review
Los Angeles Times
Nov 29, 2012
Rating: 2/4 -- The resulting, highly uneven film excels at dramatic set pieces, but stumbles in the sections that link them together. Full Review
Slant Magazine
Nov 21, 2012
The film could do with more pruning and fewer undeveloped characters. Full Review
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Jun 5, 2015

Product Description:

A North Henan landlord in China embarks on a pilgrimage to Shaanxi province during the 1942 famine, struggling to survive as war with Japan looms on the horizon. His house beset by starving villagers, Landlord Fan (Zhang Guoli) endeavors to calm the crowd by preparing a feast. But his house is burned down in the chaos, prompting Fan, his teenage daughter Xingxing (Fiona Wang), his servant Shuanzhu (Zhang Mo), and his tenant Huazhi (Xu Fan) to embark on a treacherous journey south. Along the way, encounters with an American journalist (Adrien Brody), and a priest (Zhang Hanyu) who has lost his faith reveal the true depth of the despair that grips the country. All of these hardships prompt Fan to make some devastating sacrifices that leave him a broken man. Meanwhile, the Japanese government attempts to turn the Chinese people away from their government by offering them sustenance, while the Chinese government finds themselves forced to choose between feeding their troops or the masses.

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  • UPC: 812491014080
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