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YesAsia Editorial Description
This moving drama about the mental and physical distance of home is the winner of two awards at the 2011 Golden Horse Awards: Best Supporting Actress (Tang Qun) and Best Screenplay (also co-written by Qin), as well as the Best Director Award in the Shanghai Film Festival's Asian New Talent Award competition.
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|Amanda Qin (Actor) | Tang Qun (Actor) | Li Bin Bin (Actor) | Chen Yi Quan (Actor) 秦海璐 (Actor) | 唐群 (Actor) | 李彬彬 (Actor) | 沈羿銓 (Actor) 秦海璐 (Actor) | 唐群 (Actor) | 李彬彬 (Actor) | 沈羿铨 (Actor) 秦海璐 （チン・ハイルー） (Actor) | Tang Qun (Actor) | Li Bin Bin (Actor) | Chen Yi Quan (Actor) Amanda Qin (Actor) | Tang Qun (Actor) | Li Bin Bin (Actor) | Chen Yi Quan (Actor)
|Teng Yung Shing 鄧勇星 邓勇星 Teng Yung Shing Teng Yung Shing
|Hou Hsiao Hsien 侯 孝賢 侯孝贤 侯孝賢 （ホウ・シャオシェン） Hou Hsiao Hsien
|English, Traditional Chinese
|Place of Origin:
|NTSC What is it?
|1.78 : 1
|Dolby Digital 2.0
|3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
|Cai Chang International Multimedia Inc. (TW)
|1 What is it?
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March 15, 2013
Every Lunar New Year, hundreds of millions of Chinese people go on the road from big cities to their rural hometowns for an annual reunion with their families. Due to an underdeveloped transportation network, every form of public transportation imaginable is packed (including overloaded trains and clogged highways). Speak to any Chinese urbanite from a small town, and he/she is likely to have a Chunyun ("Spring Festival travel season") story.
With a statistic like over 200 million people, it's easy to forget the individual struggles of people who are just trying to return home for the holidays (Americans can probably relate with their Thanksgiving travel stories). Return Ticket shows us the human side of Chunyun with a low-key story about a harebrained scheme involving three migrant workers organizing a 600-li (roughly 300 kilometers) bus ride from Shanghai to Fuyang for their fellow migrant workers. The problem with the scheme is that the planners are doing it with a run-down bus buried in a junkyard that may not even make the journey.
While the story's focus is Cao Li (Amanda Qin), a Fuyang native who joins the scheme by recruiting ticket buyers, Return Ticket is also about the stories of the women who decide to take the trip. Some of them simply want to see their families, while some have decided to leave the big city for good. Under a weaker director, Return Ticket would feel unfocused and melodramatic, but director Teng Yung Tsing's low-key observational style helps weave these digressions into a coherent, naturalistic whole.
The story has its share of melodramatic twists (one character has a rocky relationship with her daughter, while Cao Li has her own tragic past), but Teng's handling is subtle and grounded in reality. The director – a Taiwan native – also makes good use of his documentary shooting experience in Shanghai, capturing a less glamorous side of the city that feels more like real Shanghai. That and the film's mix of drama and humor makes Return Ticket reminiscent of Ann Hui's Hong Kong neo-realist films.
Featuring a mix of amateur and professional actors, Return Ticket doesn't have the most solid cast. However, the film is anchored by two very strong performances by Qin (also one of the five scriptwriters) and Tang Qun, who plays a fellow Fuyang native whom Cao Li shacks up with. The two characters' bond over their respective problems forms the film's central emotional core, and the way the two women deal with their troubles creates an interesting contrast.
At the 2011 Golden Horse Awards, the little-seen Return Ticket was the surprise winner of the Best Supporting Actress and Best Screenplay awards. I didn't know at the time how a small independent film could beat out heavy favorites like A Simple Life and Let the Bullets Fly, but now I can see why the jury chose to recognize it. Unfortunately, the film hasn't found a bigger audience with its award success aside from several limited runs in Taipei and Beijing. Hopefully, this DVD release will give it the attention it deserves.
Customer Review of "Return Ticket (DVD) (Taiwan Version)"
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May 24, 2013
Homeward and Bound (Seriously amusing)
“Return Ticket” is a short 1 hour 23 minute movie set in a compact urban locality in Shanghai, where displaced migrant workers needing money for themselves and their families back in their hometowns, cluster. Set to melancholic but sprightly piano music, this sombre, hard social but at times amusing movie concerns Cai Li (Hailu Qin), a young woman from Fuyang who sells illegal bus tickets so that Fuyang migrant workers can return to their far away homeland and families at Spring new lunar year. After losing her job, Cai Li goes to live with her elder friend Xie Qing (Tang Qun) a woman also from Fuyang living in her tightly compact urban residence and who concocts the compassionate but necessary plan to enable weary migrants back to Fuyang. Both women share conversations of their tragic lives; Cai Li once beaten by her husband and estranged from her late father make for a sorrowful young woman indeed. Due to her past Cai Li doesn’t want to return ‘home’ and makes ends meet by working as a cleaner and selling Xie Quin’s bus tickets. Xie Qing lives alone after her husband had died in a road accident 10 years to the present, but tries to keep contact with her radically modern daughter. Chi Li then meets up with Guozi (In Bin Li), and his mute friend Jiuzi (Shen Yiquan) who both live in a ramshackle abode overlooking a junkyard where they ‘adopt’ bus vehicles. Guozi and Jiuzi are two wheeler dealer friends of Cai Li who collect unused buses for repair and its one of these rust bucket buses that Cai Li’s ticket buyers will have to return home to Fuyang.
Although a depressing social type this also reflects natural humour. Its family hardships of travelling miles to make money as a means to survive prompted by family squabbles and disagreements, at times violent, by such harsh displaced working means. Young migrant mothers who haven’t seen their children since they were born, as the mothers work away in Shanghai, family arguments about money, age gap misunderstandings. But aside to Tang Quan and Hailu Qin’s astute portrayals of mindful women is director Yung Shing Teng’s clever balance of creating a serious look at the hard wheel of displaced life, with ironic wit and an amusing bunch of male wheeler dealers. Poor old Juiz the mute gets some innocent mocking from his friends, although is very humorously (and humanely) portrayed by Shen Yiquan. Don’t expect fireworks here, it’s a slow mover, but it’s an excellent one though and definitely worth seeing.