Featured image for “The Road Home”
Shown: February 12, 2023 at 6pm

Director : Zhang Yimou

Country : China

Release Date : 1999

Duration : 89 mins

Language : Mandarin

Subtitles : Yes

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.

A moving love story that is as simple in its narrative gestures as it is rich in colour composition.”  (Jan Stuart – Newsday)