Last Train Home
Last Train Home (2010)

Every spring, China's cities are plunged into chaos as 130 million migrant workers journey to their home villages for the New Year's holiday. This mass exodus is the world's largest human migration-an epic spectacle that reveals… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: February 22, 2011
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Consensus: Last Train Home is a haunting, vivid documentary exploring the human toll of China's economic boom in intimate, unforgettable detail.

Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader

Chinese-Canadian director Lixin Fan considers the social upheavals wrought by China's economic miracle.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Chinese-Canadian director Lixin Fan presents the human cost of China's economic rise in terms any parent or child can understand.

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Amy Taubin

Rarely in a documentary does every shot matter as a bearer of emotion and information. Lixin Fan's nonfiction debut, Last Train Home (2009), is just such an exceptional movie.

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David Hines
Dallas Morning News

Last Train Home is a harrowing experience. Don't expect to come out smiling.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Last Train Home suggests that the times they are a-changin'. The rulers of China may someday regret that they distributed the works of Marx so generously.

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Andrew Chan
Film Comment Magazine

Rivaling China's finest documentarians, first-time director Lixin Fan begins his Last Train Home with a handful of unshakable images.

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Michael Upchurch
Seattle Times

Lixin Fan, handling his own cinematography, shoots with such a painterly eye that he almost undermines the social critique he's making.

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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

Fan's fly-on-the-wall perspective enables the viewer to empathize with all the players in the family drama, unlikely to have a happy ending.

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John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Epic in scale and global in outlook yet devastatingly intimate and extraordinarily personal in focus...

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Flixster Audience Score: 87% Flixster User Reviews
Neum Daddy
Moral: China = one big clusterf**k. Well, there's more than that. The film was effective in transporting the viewer into crowded scenarios in just about… More
meril lupin
A tragic movie about the Chinese 'migration' for New Year. The movie follows one family, and is much less about New Year's celebrations than… More
Walter M.
"Last Train Home" is a heartbreaking documentary about migrant workers in China who number about 130 million. If the filmmakers had stopped with just… More
Daisy Maduro
Last train home was an interesting, but disturbing, documentary by Lixin Fan showing us the modern China,where most of the manufacturing for the world were made… More
John Ballantine
The plight of the Chinese lower class in changing economic times has received several treatments over the last couple of years. This one was particularly… More