BACK TO 1942
The versatile Chinese actor, writer and director Feng Xiaogang (Big Shot's Funeral, A World Without Thieves, Aftershock) presides over an epic account of the famine that devastated the Henan province of China in 1942, in the midst of world war and the threat of Japanese invasion.
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|Actors||Chen DaomingAdrien BrodyTim Robbins|
Back to 1942
Feng's big-budget drama sets out to do many things: it depicts the grim spectacle of chaos and mass exodus that took place; it follows the fate of two families, and also depicts the political machinations behind events.
One of the many exacerbating elements was the order to seize grain for the military, which came from Nationalist leader Chiang Kai-shek (Chen Daoming), whose response to the famine is depicted in ambiguous terms.
Western involvement is explored, somewhat gratuitously, through the figures of journalist Theodore White (Adrien Brody) and Catholic priest (Tim Robbins). But the emphasis is on rendering events on a grand scale, an ambitious approach that doesn't always pay off.