Back to 1942

Back to 1942

Back to 1942

Adrien Brody and Tim Robbins star in this epic Chinese war drama, focusing on a deadly drought that heavily damaged central China's Henan province during the Second World War. The resulting famine resulted in the deaths of at least three million men, women and children. The tragedy was exacerbated by locusts, windstorms, earthquakes, epidemic disease, war with Japan and the corruption of the ruling Kuomintang government.

2012Rating: M, contains war footage and offensive language145 minsChinaMandarin with English subtitles
DramaWarHistoricalWorld Cinema
Director:
Xiaogang Feng ('Fei Cheng Wu Rao 2', 'Fei Cheng Wu Rao')
Cast:
Adrien BrodyTim RobbinsXu FanZhang GuoliChen DaomingZhang MoZhang Hanyu

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Variety

Variety

Generic suffering and a few big yet uninvolving fighter-jet strafings.

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Urban Cinefile

Urban Cinefile

Disaster movie and war movie in one dramatic realisation of a dark chapter in China's history.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

Feng Xiaogang's sledgehammer epic leaves no arm untwisted and no emotion unmilked in its bid to drive its message home.

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Slant Magazine

Slant Magazine

Highly uneven film excels at dramatic set pieces, but stumbles in the sections that link them together.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Yields some stirring scenes but not much emotional impact.

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