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University student Jia Xiaoling is shattered after hearing that her mother has passed away in an accident, and blames herself for not being a good daughter. In a state of emotional crisis, she finds herself transported back in time to 1981, where she meets a younger version of her mother, Li Huanying and the two quickly become inseparable. Although Xiaoling is determined to improve her mother’s life by using insights from the future, her plans repeatedly go awry. She soon finds herself making changes that could prove costly. (Source: Golden Village) Edit Translation

  • English
  • magyar / magyar nyelv
  • עברית / עִבְרִית
  • dansk
  • Country: China
  • Type: Movie
  • Release Date: Feb 12, 2021
  • Duration: 2 hr. 8 min.
  • Score: 8.3 (scored by 406 users)
  • Ranked: #1193
  • Popularity: #9135
  • Content Rating: 13+ - Teens 13 or older

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PeachBlossomGoddess
13 people found this review helpful
Jul 2, 2021
Completed 4
Overall 9.0
Story 9.5
Acting/Cast 8.5
Music 8.5
Rewatch Value 9.0

Good enough.

This is a comedy will make you cry as hard as it will make you laugh. It is a very personal, very moving tribute of comedian, actress, screenwriter and first time director Jia Ling to her mom, Li Huanying - factory worker, volleyball player and first person in Xiangyang to own a TV.

I tried to watch this shortly after its release but dropped it within ten minutes because I was put off by the fact that Jia Ling chose to play herself, the then 18-year old Jia Xiaoling. In her late 30s at the time, she just doesn't look the part of a teenager so I abandoned it before I realised that nonetheless, she feels the part because she IS the part; every emotion is heartfelt down to the tiniest nuance. And of course she is who she is today because she is a funny lady, very, very funny with excellent comedic timing. Nonetheless, the criticism that the main role is possibly mis-cast is a valid one. There are some rough edges to the overall production that are very acceptable considering this is her directorial debut.

The main premise is simple, based on universally relatable mother daughter themes. Like many, I can vividly remember being 18, feeling awkward, unaccomplished, insecure and possibly a factory production run error of my lovely and vivacious mother. We have all been Jia Xiaoling, wanting to make our mom's proud, longing desperately to be worthy while dead set certain we are not. A freak of nature transports Xiaoling back to the past, where she meets and befriends her young mom and has a chance to be a part of all the most important events in her life. She hilariously and movingly tries to change her life for the better even if it means her mom ends up with someone else to hopefully have a more worthy daughter.. And in the process she movingly comes to the realisation that she was always already good enough. These are tried and true mother daughter themes that may seem to have been beaten to death but Hi Mom still manages to articulate a fresh, creative take and deliver a moving, heartfelt twist to this tale as old as time.

This is not perfect but I can happily give it a 9.0 and call it a masterpiece because it is an unforgettable movie that will make you call your mom or hug her if you are lucky enough to be next to her. After all, this humble, low budget production is only the highest-grossing movie of 2021, the second highest-grossing non-English film of all time, and the highest-grossing film by a solo female director. If like me, you haven't seen your mom for over a year due to covid, you may want to wait to watch this. But you must definitely watch it.

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qiyouguaidao
4 people found this review helpful
Jun 15, 2021
Completed 0
Overall 9.0
Story 8.5
Acting/Cast 8.5
Music 9.0
Rewatch Value 9.0
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beautiful and imaginative storytelling, augmented by the performances, et al

this is an imaginative and beautiful drama with comedy that is sentimentally warm and touching. the story is based on the director's relationship with her mother, and is about a personal reconciliation with regret/grief, love, redemption, and filial piety. the director also plays the role of the daughter in this film. the humor tends to be light, silly humor through the play of words, and sometimes infused with exaggerated/corny dialogues and nonverbals.

the mother and daughter share a very close relationship. as the daughter grows up to young adult, the mother has certain expectation for her daughter as she does not want her daughter to be looked down by their relatives.. however, before the daughter could realize the expectation, an accident occurs that somehow transports the daughter back in time. in this new reality, the daughter gets to acquaint herself with the younger version of her mother. the daughter decides to reconciles with her regret/grief, and to redeem herself by trying to make her mother's more pleasant. but, the whole experience has a surprising twist.

overall, i feel that there are several aspects about this film that feel mature/ripe, well planned, controlled and executed. it's a 2-hour long show, and some audience might find a few segments that feel a bit draggy in this film, other than that i find the overall experience watching this film to be enjoyable. it's by far one the better film i've watched since the start of 2021.


//spoilers//
for me, there are several highlights to the film,
i) the actors are mostly unknown outside of China, yet their performances are enjoyable. i recognize only the actor who plays "Guangyin". there are the obvious observable exaggerations in certain performances. what is noteworthy is that this exemplifies that decent actors and decent performances have no direct correlation with popularity, having beautiful/handsome faces, and sexy/muscular bodies.

ii) the efforts and details to replicate early 80s China, even down to the hairstyles and army-like caps. also, if you missed it, right at the beginning, there is actually a green army cap present worn by a kid, and then later in the show there is another version of an army-like cap that common folks wear which is popular during that period.

iii) if there is dubbing (voice over), it's synchronized very well and feel natural. and, if you are familiar with the regional accents, the beginning part of the film is automatically obvious.

iv) i can actually sense/feel an undercurrent of emotion stirring under the surface, as i watch from beginning to end.

v) there are moments in the film that i am actually reminded of my Mom when i was younger. for example a) picking up different skills; b) often come to my elementary school to deal with the teachers and/or principal; c) my Mother used to play volleyball on a regular basis between late 70s and early 80s.

vi) it starts to get more humorous right from the 'failed movie dating' scene

vii) the entire final quarter is the climax

viii) the film is released in 2021. the setting of the 'present' in the film is 2001, which is observable from the report card early in the film. the majority of film takes place in 1981, just a few years after Deng Xiaoping announced China's open door policy.

ix) mid way through the film, there is an self-introspective moment. there is that moment of realization, if you change the past, the present will be affected. this is more of a modern concept. and if you consider the traditional Chinese belief that if something is fated/destined (aka meant to be), no matter what you do, the outcome will still be the same. compare and contrast that with Marvel film's concept, whereby changing your past doesn't actually change your present, it merely creates a new future based on that changed past. your present thus becomes your past, and there might be no you or a different you in the new future. however that self-introspection segment midway through the film has a continuity twist at the final quarter of the film.

ps. not related with this film, i just found out there is another older film with the same title, "Hi, Mom," a 1970 film starring Robert de Niro.

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  • Movie: Hi, Mom
  • Country: China
  • Release Date: Feb 12, 2021
  • Duration: 2 hr. 8 min.
  • Content Rating: 13+ - Teens 13 or older

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  • Score: 8.3 (scored by 406 users)
  • Ranked: #1193
  • Popularity: #9135
  • Watchers: 861

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