Coming Home, Tuesday, May 24 at 7:30 pm
In the aftermath of the Cultural Revolution, an amnesiac woman struggles to regain her memory and reconnect with her long imprisoned husband, in this enthralling and emotional drama from Chinese master Zhang Yimou (House of Flying Daggers, Raise the Red Lantern).
Feng Wanyu played by Gong Li (Memoirs of a Geisha,Farewell My Concubine) is a teacher whose husband, Lu Yanshi (Chen Daoming,Infernal Affairs), falls afoul of the authorities during Chinas Cultural Revolution in the early 1970s. He is sent away for re-education, leaving Feng alone with their only daughter, a spoiled ballet student named Dandan (Zhang Huiwen). When Lu escapes and attempts to make his way home, Dandan who had been denied the leading role in a new production due to her fathers branding as an ideological outcast commits a heartbreaking betrayal. Years later, when the fractured family has another chance to reunite, tragedy strikes when Fengs mind begins to fail her, and she refuses to accept her now-liberated husband.
Re-teaming with Zhang after their celebrated collaborations on such classics as Red Sorghum, Ju Dou, and Raise the Red Lantern, the luminous Gong Li expands her range as a woman pushed to the brink of mental collapse. For his part, Zhang masterfully balances intimate drama and political allegory within this deceptively simple story.
Directed by Zhang Yimou
Screenplay by Zou Jingzhi, based on the book by Yan Geling
Starring Gong Li, Chen Daoming, and Zhang Huiwen
China Mandarin w/ subtitles
Rated PG 1h 49m
Elegant and wrenching, Coming Home is a quiet, haunting masterpiece.
—New York Observer
Chen and Gong, two of China's most respected actors, offer two great performances in a film about love, loss and perseverance that will nearly break your heart.
Tickets: $8 at the door; $7 with Film Buff Card (plus HST)
Ticket prices for all Film Society Presentations: $7 with Film Buff Card; $8 at the door (plus HST).
Spring 2016 Series
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