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Back To 1942 (2012) (VCD) (Hong Kong Version) VCD

Zhang Guo Li (Actor) | Chen Dao Ming (Actor) | Feng Xiao Gang (Director) | Alec Su (Actor)
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In the wake of Aftershock, China's top blockbuster filmmaker Feng Xiaogang has come up with another powerful tale of survival and humanity set against the backdrop of a devastating disaster! Adapted from the novel Remembering 1942 by its author Liu Zhenyun (who also wrote the book Feng's 2003 film Cell Phone is based on), Back to 1942 reveals the tragic truth of a dark chapter in Chinese history where millions died in a famine. In this epic period drama, the director takes a compelling and comprehensive look at the disaster from various perspectives, for which he enlists a cast of acclaimed actors including Zhang Guoli, Chen Daoming, Xu Fan, Zhang Hanyu, Li Xuejian, as well as Academy Awards winners Tim Robbins and Adrien Brody.

Feng's harrowing and hard-hitting depiction of this wound of the nation takes place in 1942. That year, the Henan Province was struck by a serious drought and a plague of locusts. The resulting famine caused the death of three million people, with some refugees resorting to cannibalism in desperation. The film follows the family of village landlord Master Fan (Zhang Guoli), who gets robbed by starving refugees and, like millions others, is forced to flee from their homeland for a chance of survival. Among this mass exodus is preacher An Ximan (Zhang Hanyu), who witnesses the horrors firsthand and that leads him to question his faith. Meanwhile, struggling to resist the Japanese military invasion, the Kuomingtang government fails to offer any relief to the war-ravaged, famine-stricken people, and not until the intervention of American correspondent Theodore White (Adrien Brody) does the world learn of this disaster...

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Product Title: Back To 1942 (2012) (VCD) (Hong Kong Version) 一九四二 (2012) (VCD) (香港版) 一九四二 (2012) (VCD) (香港版) 一九四二 (2012) (VCD) (香港版) Back To 1942 (2012) (VCD) (Hong Kong Version)
Also known as: 溫故1942 / 溫故一九四二 温故1942 / 温故一九四二
Artist Name(s): Zhang Guo Li (Actor) | Chen Dao Ming (Actor) | Alec Su (Actor) | Zhang Mo (Actor) | Xu Fan (Actor) | Zhang Han Yu (Actor) | Tim Robbins (Actor) | Chang Shao Hwa (Actor) | Adrien Brody (Actor) | Zhao Yi (Actor) | Qiao Zhen Yu (Actor) | Yang Li Xin (Actor) | Ke Lan (Actor) | Feng Yuan Zheng (Actor) | Fan Wei (Actor) | Li Xue Jian (Actor) | Lu Zhong (Actor) | Li Qian (Actor) | Zhang Jia Yi (Actor) | Zhang Guo Qiang (Actor) | Lin Yong Jian (Actor) | Li Yi Xiang (Actor) | Yu Zhen (Actor) | Zhang Zhi Jian (Actor) | Duan Yi Hong (Actor) | Tian Xiao Jie (Actor) | Du Chun (Actor) | Olivia Wang (Actor) | Mathilde Wambergue (Actor) | Zhang Chen Guang (Actor) 張 國立 (Actor) | 陳道明 (Actor) | 蘇有朋 (Actor) | 張默 (Actor) | 徐帆 (Actor) | 張涵予 (Actor) | 添羅賓斯 (Actor) | 張少華 (Actor) | 安哲倫保迪 (Actor) | 趙毅 (Actor) | 喬振宇 (Actor) | 楊立新 (Actor) | 柯藍 (Actor) | 馮遠征 (Actor) | 范 偉 (Actor) | 李雪健 (Actor) | 呂中 (Actor) | 李倩 (Actor) | 張嘉譯 (Actor) | 張國強 (Actor) | 林永健 (Actor) | 李易祥 (Actor) | 于震 (Actor) | 張志堅 (Actor) | 段奕宏 (Actor) | 田小潔 (Actor) | 杜淳 (Actor) | 王子文 (Actor) | Mathilde Wambergue (Actor) | 張 晨光 (Actor) 张国立 (Actor) | 陈道明 (Actor) | 苏有朋 (Actor) | 张默 (Actor) | 徐帆 (Actor) | 张涵予 (Actor) | 添罗宾斯 (Actor) | 张少华 (Actor) | 安哲伦保迪 (Actor) | 赵毅 (Actor) | 乔振宇 (Actor) | 杨 立新 (Actor) | 柯蓝 (Actor) | 冯远征 (Actor) | 范伟 (Actor) | 李雪健 (Actor) | 吕中 (Actor) | 李倩 (Actor) | 张嘉译 (Actor) | 张国强 (Actor) | 林永健 (Actor) | 李易祥 (Actor) | 于震 (Actor) | 张志坚 (Actor) | 段奕宏 (Actor) | 田小洁 (Actor) | 杜淳 (Actor) | 王子文 (Actor) | Mathilde Wambergue (Actor) | 张 晨光 (Actor) 張國立(チャン・グオリー) (Actor) | 陳道明 (チェン・ダオミン) (Actor) | 蘇有朋(アレック・スー) (Actor) | Zhang Mo (Actor) | 徐帆(シュイ・ファン) (Actor) | 張涵予 (チャン・ハンユー) (Actor) | ティム・ロビンス (Actor) | Chang Shao Hwa (Actor) | エイドリアン・ブロディ (Actor) | Zhao Yi (Actor) | チャオ・ジェンユー (Actor) | 楊立新(ヤン・リーシン) (Actor) | Ke Lan (Actor) | Feng Yuan Zheng (Actor) | Fan Wei (Actor) | 李雪健(リー・シュエチェン) (Actor) | Lyu Zhong (Actor) | Li Qian (Actor) | Zhang Jia Yi (Actor) | Zhang Guo Qiang (Actor) | Lin Yong Jian (Actor) | 李易祥(リー・イーシャン) (Actor) | Yu Zhen (Actor) | Zhang Zhi Jian (Actor) | 段奕宏(ドアン・イーホン) (Actor) | Tian Xiao Jie (Actor) | Du Chun (Actor) | Olivia Wang (Actor) | Mathilde Wambergue (Actor) | Zhang Chen Guang (Actor) Zhang Guo Li (Actor) | Chen Dao Ming (Actor) | Alec Su (Actor) | Zhang Mo (Actor) | Xu Fan (Actor) | Zhang Han Yu (Actor) | Tim Robbins (Actor) | Chang Shao Hwa (Actor) | Adrien Brody (Actor) | Zhao Yi (Actor) | Qiao Zhen Yu (Actor) | Yang Li Xin (Actor) | Ke Lan (Actor) | Feng Yuan Zheng (Actor) | Fan Wei (Actor) | Li Xue Jian (Actor) | Lyu Zhong (Actor) | Li Qian (Actor) | Zhang Jia Yi (Actor) | Zhang Guo Qiang (Actor) | Lin Yong Jian (Actor) | Li Yi Xiang (Actor) | Yu Zhen (Actor) | Zhang Zhi Jian (Actor) | Duan Yi Hong (Actor) | Tian Xiao Jie (Actor) | Du Chun (Actor) | Olivia Wang (Actor) | Mathilde Wambergue (Actor) | Zhang Chen Guang (Actor)
Director: Feng Xiao Gang 馮小剛 冯小刚 馮小剛(フォン・シャオガン) Feng Xiao Gang
Producer: Chen Kuo Fu 陳國富 陈国富 チェン・クォフー Chen Kuo Fu
Release Date: 2013-02-06
Language: Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Country of Origin: China
Disc Format(s): VCD
Rating: IIB
Duration: 145 (mins)
Publisher: CN Entertainment Ltd.
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1032293027

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Director: Feng Xiao Gang

In 1942, China’s war against the Japanese has reached a strategic stalemate. At the same time, Henan Province was in the throes of a major drought and locust attack. More than 3 million people starved to death. The Landlord and his family , as well as tenant farmer Xialu and his family are two that joined the millions in the mass exodus from the disaster-stricken area. In the face of the calamity, not only does the KMT government ignore pleas of help from the refugees, they force the Henan provincial government to collect food and supplies from its people for military purposes. Theodore H. White, journalist for the American publication Time Magazine, risks his life to conduct an in-depth investigation of the disaster –stricken area, and finally succeeds in demanding th government to open up its food stores to help the refugees. Howeevr, ravaged by both natural and man-made disasters, countless families have been torn asunder.

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Professional Review of "Back To 1942 (2012) (VCD) (Hong Kong Version)"

March 12, 2013

This professional review refers to Back To 1942 (2012) (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Despite its name, Back to 1942 isn't in fact a time travel flick, but the latest blockbuster from top Chinese helmer Feng Xiaogang, responsible for recent hits such as Aftershock and The Assembly Adapted from the book Remembering 1942 by its author Liu Zhenyun, the film is a historical disaster epic following the fates of refugees during the drought and famine in Henan Province, which devastated the region and left millions dead. As well as acclaimed Chinese stars such as Zhang Guoli (Foster Father), Chen Daoming (Aftershock), Xu Fan (Love in Space), Zhang Hanyu (White Vengeance), Li Xuejian (Love for Life), the film is one of the few Asian productions to boast actual Western talent in the form of Academy Awards winners Adrien Brody (The Piano) and Tim Robbins (The Shawshank Redemption).

Unsurprisingly set in 1942, the film takes place during a time of turmoil and conflict in China, with the Japanese invading and Henan Province being hit by a terrible drought and a plague of locusts, ravishing the countryside and forcing millions of people to abandon their homes and take to the road in search of help. In particular, the film follows landlord Fan (Zhang Guoli), who with his family joins the mass exodus after their village is attacked by bandits, leaving behind their privileged lifestyle and falling in with the desperate masses as they head west. Hoping to lead the refugees is priest An Ximan (Zhang Hanyu), though he soon comes to realise the hopelessness of the situation, with starvation spreading, soldiers raiding for supplies, and the Japanese bombing indiscriminately. With Kuomintang politicians bickering over what to do and how to profit from the situation, Time magazine correspondent Theodore White (Adrien Brody) ventures into the disaster zone, hoping to get first hand evidence to expose the true horror of the people's suffering.

Feng Xiaogang has over the years had quite a fascinating career, growing from small scale, though sharp and incisively dark satirical comedies through to full scale, huge-budgeted blockbusters, his earlier knack for tapping into public sentiment and current issues translating well into a talent for commercial and surprisingly palatable melodrama on a national scale. Back to 1942 sees him continuing along the same road, refining his approach somewhat, making for a genuinely bleak and hard-hitting disaster movie that both has heart and tackles wider themes. Narratively, the film sticks fairly closely to the genre formula, playing out through the eyes and experiences of its ensemble cast, switching between the three main stories of Fan, White and the government in a manner which hold the interest and keeps things moving at a decent pace. While there are certainly tears and clumsy expressed emotions along the way, the film is much more affecting than others of its type, Feng pulling few punches and doing a great job of grounding the drama and adding a believable sense of desperation and despair.

In part this is due to the real horror of the situation, depicted here in fairly graphic detail, as the refugees run out of food and trudge onwards through incredibly harsh conditions, being reduced to eating bark and eventually resorting to cannibalism and selling family members to survive. To his credit, Feng presents much of this without fuss, and the film is all the more harrowing for the way in which it shows conditions spiralling quickly out of control, the government position-jockeying playing out in the background making for an at times shocking counterpoint to the grim fates of the characters. The film is balanced in this respect, never assigning simple blame for the disaster, the behaviour of the soldiers who frequently rob the refugees clearly coming from their own struggle to survive, which is very much the key theme here rather than any grand social or historical criticism.

Feng is easily one of China's most talented directors, and the huge budget he had to play with here really shows up on screen, with some stunning visuals and a convincing recreation of the past, not to mention far better use of CGI than in most productions of its type. The battle and war scenes themselves are spectacular and well-handled, outstripping most Hollywood films and hitting home with real impact, in particular the terrifying Japanese bombing raids on the refugee colony, which the viewer quickly comes to dread. Feng also for the most part again shows himself very good at getting solid and emotional performances from his cast, Zhang Guoli impressing in the standout role, and Zhang Hanyu also doing a good job, his role as a deserter turned priest allowing the film to make some interesting statements about religion and hope. Of the two Hollywood stars, Aiden Brody comes off best, Tim Robbins struggling with an odd accent and a few instances of strangely worded dialogue, though the presence of both instead of the usual dragged in off the street western actors does at least add a certain something.

Every inch the big budget blockbuster, Back to 1942 is another worthy notch on Feng Xiaogang's belt, and a film which wears its heart on its sleeve without trying to crassly drown the viewer in manipulative tears. Though grim and frankly quite depressing, it's a worthy and rewarding historical disaster epic that hits all the right notes, and which succeeds in bringing out the horrific human suffering behind a monstrous, and quite possibly avoidable tragedy.

by James Mudge – BeyondHollywood.com

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