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Release Date: November 30th, 2012

DVD Release Date: May 14th, 2013

Not Yet Rated|2 hr 26 min

Plot Summary
The fortunes of a well-off Chinese landlord (Zhang Guoli) fall to ruin, as a devastating famine holds the country in its grip in 1942.

Cast: Guoli Zhang, Tim Robbins, Adrien Brody, Xu Fan, Ziwen Wang, Chen Daoming, Li Xuejian, Wei Fan

Director: Feng Xiao-Gang

Genres: Historical drama

Production Co: China Film, Huayi Brothers Media Group, Media Asia Films Ltd. [hk]

Ratings & Reviews

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  • In painting a large-scale tableaux of the Henan disaster, Feng Xiaogang has inevitably been forced to sacrifice the specificity and focus on individual characterization that are generally so important for allowing the viewer a point of entry into such an important piece of history. show more

  • There is surprisingly little emotional resonance with the well-drawn and acted characters, making it a tiring two and a half hour trek for filmgoers who don't have a stake in the history it recounts. show more

  • It's a grim tale, and Back to 1942 doesn't pretend otherwise. show more

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