The Road Home (Wo de fu qin mu qin)
The Road Home (Wo de fu qin mu qin) (2001)

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… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: November 27, 2001
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Beautifully filmed, The Road Home is a simple touching and tender love story.

Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

If this film's coda doesn't move you to tears, you'd better make an appointment with your cardiologist.

Desson Thomson
Washington Post

Zhang Yimou focuses so frequently on Ziyi's face in extreme close-up that she sticks like a daguerreotype to your retina -- and then your heart.

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

In the spirit of the best nostalgic village pics, only one thing happens, and yet it turns out to mean everything to its characters.

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Susan Stark
Detroit News

A layered, delicately but surely romantic tribute to the simplicity and grace of a bygone era.

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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly

A gentle, engaging narrative of constancy and devotion against all odds.

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Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena

Mantendo seus habituais comentários políticos em segundo plano, Yimou narra uma história de amor simples, mas tocante, trazendo Zhang Ziyi numa performance absolutamente adorável.

Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

Celebrates a beauty and heroism around us that we often miss in both our movies and our lives.

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Rita Kempley
Washington Post

Of course, the past always looks better in retrospect, especially to those who have never done without indoor plumbing.

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Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer

For the way it gave me room to ponder, for the gift of its colors, and for the delicate performance by Zhang Ziyi... it's one of my favorite films of 2001.


Flixster Audience Score: 90% Flixster User Reviews
Jennifer Xu
A really sweet, heartwarming, simple sort of love story. Chinese mysticism meets Hans Christian Anderson sugar. Reminds me of my road home.
Lanning : )
If you miss it from the music, Zhang Yimou has also strategically placed <i>Titanic</i> posters on the set for you to appreciate the enormity of the… More
Bruce Bruce
A true Romantic Film Here might even be considered a Chick Flick by some. Its about a man in China who is called home to bury his father, who was the village… More
John Ballantine
Another gorgeous and well layered epic from Yimou. Zhang brings out the colour in ordinary folk and make them people that we would want to encounter in our… More
Luke Baldock
A simple, gentle but very effective film. Beautifully shot and wonderfully acted The Road Home captures perfectly the sweet melancholy of returning home. A… More
Lesley N
Chinese drama. Man returns to childhood village to bury father who died in nearby hospital, but mother wants the coffin brought back by foot across the… More

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