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Last train home

(DVD - 2011 - Chinese)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Last train home


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Every spring, China's cities are plunged into chaos as an astonishing 130 million migrant workers journey to their home villages for the New Year's holiday. This mass exodus is the largest human migration on the planet, an epic spectacle that reveals a country tragically caught between its rural past and industrial future. Working over several years in classic verite, Chinese-Canadian filmmaker Lixin Fan travels with one couple who have embarked on this annual trek for almost two decades.
Title: Last train home
[videorecording]
Publisher: [New York] :, Zeitgeist Films,, 2011.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (85 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.
Notes: Originally produced in 2009.
Release date: Feb. 22, 2011.
True/False Film Fest entry, 2010.
True/False Film Festival.
Summary: Every spring, China's cities are plunged into chaos as an astonishing 130 million migrant workers journey to their home villages for the New Year's holiday. This mass exodus is the largest human migration on the planet, an epic spectacle that reveals a country tragically caught between its rural past and industrial future. Working over several years in classic verite, Chinese-Canadian filmmaker Lixin Fan travels with one couple who have embarked on this annual trek for almost two decades.
Audience: Not rated.
Local Note: 1
Branch Call Number: DVD 331.1279 LAS
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Report This Aug 16, 2012
  • JDK5 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Instead of obsessing over training Olympic athletes, China needs to spend more money improving the daily lives, human rights and working conditions of its citizens. The cattle-like herding scenes at the train station were dehumanizing and humiliating. Also shame on any western companies that exploit Chinese factory, migrant workers for cheap labour, while reaping multi million dollar profits..

Report This May 25, 2012
  • Ron@Ottawa rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This is an excellent docurmentary by Chinese-Canadian director Fan Lixin on the sacrifice that two mirgrant works made for the betterment of their children. It also underscores the problems in modern day China - a growing generation gap and the loss of traditional family virtues. You would think Fan's camera was not visible to the participants of this documentary - they were not acting but just themselves. I highly recommend this film to anyone interested in knowing not just a small story from China, but the world we now live in.

Report This Apr 26, 2012
  • jimg2000 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

A heart breaking documentary about one Chinese family: Grandma raising two grandchildren in a rural village while her son and daughter-in-law worked in the city 2000KM away. Story unfolded when the parents were in the train station desperate for scarce train tickets to go home for Chinese New Year, first time in 13 years ... circa 2007 to 2009. Interesting follow-up of the family from wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Last_Train_Home_%28film%29

Report This Apr 20, 2012
  • ReallyFriendly13 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A rare documentary that actually goes out of it's way to remain objective (till the end) which I appreciate. Some messages are strong enough without requiring a cattle prod from the director, and this is one. A detailed intimate look into a single Chinese family that will tug at your heartstrings (especially if you are Chinese, like I am). The issues range from the personal to the international stage, and irregardless of where you stand, this show will make you question all of them. There are no clear winners or losers here, and I say that is a good thing. For those who are not Chinese, this here is a brillant window to getting some insights into our quiet and painful lives.

Report This May 21, 2011
  • zal1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

beneath the glitter of Shanghai and the other eastern coastal cities of China which has transformed this communist state to its present economic superpower status lies the driving force albeit the price and sacrifices they have to pay for it. The annual exodus from these teeming cities to the villages is actually just a backdrop of the drama that slowly unfolds ... a new reality taking place in the new China! A film worth watching and remembering through the years!

Report This Mar 31, 2011
  • alexander59 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Interesting docu, but a bit slow.

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Last Train Home

Every year, no matter where they work, thousands of Chinese workers return home.

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