The Road Home

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"An unforgettable journey into the realm of the heart."
  • G
  • 2000
  • 1 hr 40 min
  • 7.8  (13,849)
  • 71

The Road Home is a heartwarming drama-romance movie that takes place in a rural Chinese village in the 1950s. Directed by Zhang Yimou, the movie stars Ziyi Zhang as the female protagonist, Sun Honglei as her love interest, and Hao Zheng as her father. The movie starts with the death of the village's schoolteacher. The news of his death reaches his former students, who have now settled in the city. The news of the teacher's death deeply affects one of his former students, Luo Yusheng (played by Honglei Sun).

Luo Yusheng reminisces about his childhood and his first love, the beautiful and kind-hearted Zhao Di (played by Ziyi Zhang). He recalls how Zhao Di used to walk miles every day to bring him lunch while he was working in the fields, and how he fell in love with her.

Luo Yusheng decides to travel back to the village to attend the funeral of his former teacher. On his return, he is surprised to find that Zhao Di's father has arranged for several young men from the village to carry her on a wooden stretcher to her home. (In the village, it is considered inappropriate for a woman to walk with a man who is not related to her.) Luo Yusheng joins the group and offers to help carry Zhao Di home.

As they make their way through the snow-covered village, Luo Yusheng and Zhao Di's father (played by Hao Zheng) recount the story of Zhao Di's courtship, which is interspersed with flashbacks of their past.

Through these flashbacks, we come to know that Zhao Di and Luo Yusheng were deeply in love when they were young. However, their love was opposed by Zhao Di's father, who believed that Luo Yusheng's poor economic status would not be suitable for his daughter. Despite this, the couple was determined to be together, and they secretly met in a nearby field.

After a series of misunderstandings, the couple is separated. Now, as Luo Yusheng carries Zhao Di on her stretcher, he hopes to rekindle their love and persuade her father to allow them to be together.

The Road Home is a beautiful movie that celebrates love, family, and the strength of the human spirit. The movie has a unique visual style, with stunning cinematography that captures the beauty of the Chinese countryside.

The performances in the movie are also noteworthy, especially that of Ziyi Zhang, who delivers a performance that is both tender and vulnerable. Honglei Sun portrays the character of Luo Yusheng with restrained emotion, making his character relatable and sympathetic.

The movie is a testament to the power of love and the strength of the human spirit. It portrays the different shades of love, from the pure and innocent love of young couples to the mature love of parents for their children.

In conclusion, The Road Home is a beautiful movie that is worth watching for the storytelling, cinematic beauty, and performances. It is a movie that will transport you to a time and place where love, family, and the bonds of community were essential. It is a movie that will make you laugh, cry and leave you with a sense of hope and wonder.

The Road Home is a 2000 drama with a runtime of 1 hour and 40 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.8 and a MetaScore of 71.

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    7.8  (13,849)
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