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City businessman Luo Yu Sheng 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 Yu Sheng debates the complications involved in organizing such a big feat, he remembers the magical story of how his father and mother first met and got together. ~~ Adapted from a novel Ji Nian/Memorial by Bao Shi. Edit Translation

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  • Country: China
  • Type: Movie
  • Release Date: Oct 16, 1999
  • Duration: 1 hr. 29 min.
  • Score: 8.2 (scored by 238 users)
  • Ranked: #1317
  • Popularity: #4045
  • Rating: Not Yet Rated

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14 people found this review helpful
Sep 21, 2013
Completed 0
Overall 10
Story 8.0
Acting/Cast 10
Music 10
Rewatch Value 7.0
I saw this film’s poster in 2000-01 as a kid. When I was searching for movies a few years ago it caught my attention and I downloaded it without reading anything about it. But when I got information on this movie, it sounded like a boring artsy movie. Finally yesterday I thought about giving it a try so I could delete it from disk and make space for other movies so I watched this movie yesterday and I was completely wrong! This movie is an absolute masterpiece. I thought it’d be hard to pass the time but I didn't realize when time passed away!!

Story is very simple but endearing, moving and very romantic! Without too many unnecessary romance scenes this movie is classic romance! Well balanced with sad and joyful scenes but mostly it’s a movie that will make you smile. With the least amount of dialogues it felt very calm. Visuals were stunning and music was tranquil! Overall background was serene and only natural sounds were present but when the music played…it was just beautiful!
Another reason why I love this movie was the village setup and tradition of ‘The Way Home’. This movie reminded me of days of my life in village, whole setup was quite similar to the village in which I lived. Also the tradition of ‘The Way Home’ is exactly the same in my country; I was moved during those scenes.

Main attraction of the movie is Zhang Ziyi, brilliant in her debut movie. She’s not our usual sexy goddess and kick ass Zhang Ziyi but instead she played a very innocent, sweet, charming girl with pigtails! When she ran, when she smiled and when she spoke…everything made me smile!

…and at the end I was crying…

Suitable and can be enjoyed by all ages.
Don’t watch it to pass the time.
This movie can be a good way to enter in the world of those ‘artsy’ movies.

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2 people found this review helpful
Feb 23, 2017
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Overall 10
Story 10
Acting/Cast 10
Music 9.5
Rewatch Value 10
It's one of the most agreeable and beautiful love stories I've ever seen:
This film won the Silver Bear of the prestigious Berlin Festival 2000 and the Public World Cinema Award at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival; The victories were even sweeter for director Zhang Yimou who had his film "The Road Home" immediately rejected at the 1999 Cannes Film Festival, prompting Zhang to withdraw his other film "Not One Less" from the competition . "The Road Home" is considered one of the best Chinese films of all time.
Plot, characters, soundtrack, ambiance, all combine in a delicious and harmonious Chinese production. More than a drama, it is a love story of the time, beautiful and well told, simply magical!

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  • Movie: The Road Home
  • Country: China
  • Release Date: Oct 16, 1999
  • Duration: 1 hr. 29 min.
  • Rating: Not Yet Rated


  • Score: 8.2 (scored by 238 users)
  • Ranked: #1317
  • Popularity: #4045
  • Watchers: 706

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