The Road Home
Directed by Zhang Yimou, China 1999
89 mins. Mandarin dialogue with English sub-titles
City businessman Luo Yusheng returns to his home village in North China for the funeral of his father, the village teacher. He finds his elderly mother insisting that all the traditional burial customs be observed, despite the fact that times have changed so much, and that it involves many people carrying his father's body back to the village - "the road home". As Yusheng debates the complications involved in organising such a big feat, he remembers the magical story of how his father and mother met and got together in the first place.
What the Critics say:
"A moving love story that is as simple in its narrative gestures as it is rich in colour composition."  (Jan Stuart - Newsday)