Getting Home (Luo Ye Gui Gen)
Directed by: Zhang Yang
Cast: Zhao Benshan, Hong Qiwen, Song Dandan
Running Time: 1 hour 35 minutes
Release Date: November 27, 2009
Global Lens 2009
Plot: An older man brings his dead friend to his home in the Three Gorges Dam region to be buried and reunited with his ancestors. It’s a buddy movie between a man and a corpse.
Who’S It For? People who like foreign films, not fans of Weekend at Bernie’s.
I had to draw the Weekend at Bernie’s comparison early on because although this isn’t a wacky ’80s comedy, it does involve a relationship between a living man and one who is dead. Zhao (Benshan) carts his deceased friend, Liu, home across much of China because of a promise he once made. The film walks a fine line between buddy comedy between a living and