Gui tu lie che   2009   China, Canada, UK Last Train Home
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Director:Lixin Fan
Studio:Canada Council for the Arts
IMDb Rating:7.6 (952 votes)
Awards:1 win & 1 nomination
Genre:Documentary, Drama
Duration:85 min
Lixin Fan  ...  (Director)
  ...  (Writer)
Suqin Chen  ...  Herself
Changhua Zhan  ...  Himself (Documentary Subject)
Qin Zhang  ...  Herself
Yang Zhang  ...  Himself (Documentary Subject)
Lixin Fan  ...  Cinematographer
Tingsui Tang  ...  Himself
Comments: Another 'story about China' that wins on content even if the film making has a few shortcomings.

Summary: A family embarks on an annual tormenting journey along with 200 other million peasant workers to reunite with their distant family, and to revive their love and dignity as China soars as the world's next super power. Amid this chaos, director Lixin Fan focuses on one couple, Changhua and Sugin Zhang, who embark upon a two-day journey to see their children.

The Zhangs left their rural village for factory jobs when their children were just infants. Now a teenager, daughter Qin resents their continual absence. Yearning for her own freedom, she quits school to work in a factory herself. Her parents, who see education as their children’s one hope, are devastated.

Through its intimate and heartbreaking observation of the Zhangs, Last Train Home places a human face on China’s ascendance as an economic power. To overwhelming effect, Fan illustrates the cost incurred by fractured families and reveals a country tragically caught between its industrial future and rural past.

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