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Amanda Qin (Actor) | Tang Qun (Actor) | Li Bin Bin (Actor) | Chen Yi Quan (Actor)
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Taiwan director Teng Yung Shing crosses the Taiwan Strait for Return Ticket, a quiet drama that explores the lives of migrant workers in Mainland China. Every year, tens of millions of migrant workers travel from major cities to their rural hometowns for Lunar New Year, and Return Ticket is the story of a few of those workers. Amanda Qin (Piano in a Factory, A Simple Life) stars as Cai Li, a migrant worker from Fuyang who returns to Shanghai after losing her factory job down south. There, she meets an old friend whose latest money scheme involves taking a group of Fuyang migrant workers back to their hometown by bus. As Cai Li becomes involved with the business plan, she also has to decide whether to go home or to continue wandering in the big city.

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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Product Title: Return Ticket (DVD) (Taiwan Version) 到阜陽六百里 (DVD) (台灣版) 到阜阳六百里 (DVD) (台湾版) 到阜陽六百里 (DVD) (台湾版) Return Ticket (DVD) (Taiwan Version)
Artist Name(s): 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)
Director: Teng Yung Shing 鄧勇星 邓勇星 Teng Yung Shing Teng Yung Shing
Producer: Hou Hsiao Hsien 侯 孝賢 侯孝贤 侯孝賢 (ホウ・シャオシェン) Hou Hsiao Hsien
Release Date: 2013-01-03
Language: Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Place of Origin: China
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 2.0
Disc Format(s): DVD, DVD-5
Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
Duration: 82 (mins)
Publisher: Cai Chang International Multimedia Inc. (TW)
Package Weight: 115 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1032174621

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導演︰鄧勇星

  人生為了回家 終究離開家
  阜陽老家到上海,距離六百里,卻遙遠的彷彿在世界另一端…

  鄉愁就像埋在凍土下的種子,就等著慢慢醒來…

  曹俐與謝琴居住在兩坪不到的簡陋小房內,在上海光鮮亮麗的大城市底下,有一群像她們一樣的外地女人,每天周旋家家戶戶幫傭,穿梭街角巷弄替人清潔衛生,或做鐘點工、廚娘、月姐,任由時間磨損了姣好青春…

  阜陽老家到上海,雖然距離只有六百里,卻不能經常回家,滿腹委屈只能往肚裡吞。小月撇下了剛滿周歲的孩子,步上同鄉後塵外出打工,孩子不捨的哭聲老在耳內響起…

  心高氣傲的曹俐當年開了個小成衣廠,但當生意經營失敗,老家是回不去了,生活還是得過,她沉默拿起清潔用具,在骯髒的角落裡打掃…

  狗哥從廢車場搞來一台舊巴士,整頓後差強人意仍能上路,他知道曹俐不只這點能耐,找來曹俐幫忙兜客賣票,曹俐只消把老家說得溫暖,多少同鄉阿姨就願意坐上車。但曹俐本人卻懷疑起自己口中訴說的那個家是不是就是家?還是她午夜夢迴裡的幻影?曹俐不確定她能否像其它人那般充滿歡心期待地推開老家的門…

★第48屆金馬獎︰最佳女配角獎、最佳原著劇本獎
★2011上海電影節亞洲新人獎、最佳導演獎
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★2011台北電影節國際青年導演競賽
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Editor's Pick of "Return Ticket (DVD) (Taiwan Version)"

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March 15, 2013

The Lunar New Year migration from a human point of view
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.

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Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10 (1)

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May 24, 2013

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Homeward and Bound (Seriously amusing) Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
“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.
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