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Back to 1942 / 溫故一九四二 (2012)

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It was the Winter of 1942. The film opens with Master Fan (Zhang Guoli) as a wealthy landlord in wartime Henan. When the rest of the village suffered from famine, Fan still had plenty of food to feed his family and the village. A group of bandits came and robbed the village, eventually burning it down to the ground.

Fan fled his hometown with his daughter, wife and daughter-in-law. They were also accompanied by a servant, Shuan Zhu (Zhang Mo). Along their way west, they met the family of fellow village-man, Xialu. They decided to flee together, but the food and money of Master Fan was robbed by Kuomingtang soldiers amid the chaos caused by Japanese bombing.

Brother Sim (Zhang Hanyu) insisted preaching his faith in the famishing province. After suffering a few Japanese bombings and witnessing many innocent people dying, he took refuge from the Priest (Tim Robbins) but started doubting the presence of God.

Meanwhile, TIME Correspondent Theodore H. White (Adrien Brody) trekked to Henan to investigate the famine. He discovered that despite people dying each day and some resorting to cannibalism, the government was not doing anything to help the refugees. Chiang Kai-shek (Chen Daoming) even wanted to give up defending Henan, leaving the refugees to the Japanese. White’s report was eventually published in the magazine, causing the Chiang government to make a U-turn on their policy. But when the supplies were handed down to the province, local officials and troops had a fight over who would receive a larger share.

The plight of Master Fan continued as his family died one by one. He was eventually forced to sell his daughter in return for food. Losing hope on life, he retreated eastward, planning to die nearer to his home. On his way back, he met a little girl who just lost her mother. He adopted the girl as his granddaughter and they carried on their journey.


Also Known As: 溫故一九四二
Year: 2012
Country: China
Language: Mandarin
Film Genre: Historical, War
Subtitle: English


Gordon Cheung Gwok-Lap … Fan Dianyuan
Zhang Han-Yu … Father Simeone
Feng Yuan-Zheng … Xialu
Duan Yi-Hong … Chen Bulei
Zhang Mo … Shuangzhu
Wang Zi-Wen … Xingxing
Fan Wei … Lao Ma
Xu Fan … Huazhi
Chen Dao-Ming … Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek
Alec Su You-Peng … Song Ziwen/TV Soong
Qiao Zhenyu … Xiao Han
Zhang Shaohua … Xialu’s mother
Lily Lau Lee-Lee … Fan’s mother
Luo Yang … Soong Ching-ling
Zhang Guo-Qiang … Guo Jijiao
Li Xue-Jian … Provincial Governor Li Peiji
Ke Lan … Soong Mei-Ling
Tim Robbins … Father Thomas Megan
Adrien Brody … Theodore H. White
Zhang Jiayi … Colonel Dong Jiayao
Yang Li-Xin … Ma Guo-Lin
Zhang Chen-Guang … Zhang Dao-Fan
Du Chun … Chiang Kai-shek’s confidential secretary
Lu Zhong … Zhang Fang’s mother
Zhang Zhi-Jian … Zhang Fang
Lin Yong-Jian … Magistrate Lao Yue
Li Yi-Xiang … Sun Ciwei
Zhao Yi … Young master
Tian Xiao-Jie … Tian Xiaojie
Yu Zhen … General Wei Lihuang
Li Qian … Fan’s daughter-in-law

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    It was the Winter of 1942. The film opens with Master Fan (Zhang Guoli) as a wealthy landlord in wartime Henan. When the rest of the village suffered from famine, Fan still had plenty of food to feed his family and the village. A group of bandits came and robbed the village, eventually burning it […]

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