Last Train Home
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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 a country tragically caught between its rural past and industrial future. Working over several years in classic verité style Chinese-Canadian filmmaker Lixin Fan (with the producers of the award-winning hit documentary Up the Yangtze) travels with one couple who have embarked on this annual trek for almost two decades. Like so many of China's rural… More
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"Chinese-Canadian director Lixin Fan considers the social upheavals wrought by China's economic miracle."
‑ Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader
"Chinese-Canadian director Lixin Fan presents the human cost of China's economic rise in terms any parent or child can understand."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Rivaling China's finest documentarians, first-time director Lixin Fan begins his Last Train Home with a handful of unshakable images."
‑ Andrew Chan, Film Comment Magazine
"A moving film that succeeds both on a macro level and as a portrait of a single family struggling with problems both universal and specific to their time and place."
‑ Christopher Long, Movie Metropolis
"Despite being ruled by the Communist Party, the China depicted in this powerful documentary evokes Karl Marx: "The bourgeoisie has torn away from the family its sentimental veil, and has reduced the family relation to a mere money relation.""
‑ Louis Proyect, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"Last Train Home is a harrowing experience. Don't expect to come out smiling."
‑ David Hines, Dallas Morning News
"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."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Epic in scale and global in outlook yet devastatingly intimate and extraordinarily personal in focus..."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"A startling and absolutely superb masterpiece of a documentary ..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Lixin captures the messy tragedy of their lives with dignity and intimacy, and there are some scenes, such as a violent confrontation between father and daughter, that carry the sting of reality."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"Lixin Fan, handling his own cinematography, shoots with such a painterly eye that he almost undermines the social critique he's making."
‑ Michael Upchurch, Seattle Times
"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."
‑ Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Lixin Fan's amazingly intimate account could only be made with almost unlimited and unrestrained access -- a privilege that isn't abused and one that pays dividends for us in many ways."
‑ Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile
"This extraordinary Chinese-Canadian documentary illuminates the human price involved in China's ascent into a global economic power: every year over 130 million migrant workers take an arduous journey back home."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Director Lixin Fan gives a heartbreaking human voice to the downside of China's economic upside -- causing us to question the intrinsic worth of ambition, be it individual, societal or national."
‑ Kimberly Gadette, Indie Movies Online
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