Last Train Home

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Universal acclaim - based on 18 Critics

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Universal acclaim- based on 23 Ratings

Summary: Every spring, China’s cities are plunged into chaos as 130 million migrant workers journey to their home villages for the New Year’s holiday. This mass exodus is the world’s largest human migration—an epic spectacle that reveals a country tragically caught between its rural past and industrial future. Working over several years in classic verité style Chinese-Canadian filmmaker Lixin Fan (with the producers of the award-winning hit documentary Up the Yangtze) travels with one couple who have embarked on this annual trek for almost two decades. Like so many of China’s rural poor, Zhang Changhua and Chen Suqin left behind their two infant children for grueling factory jobs. Their daughter Qin—now a restless and rebellious teenager—both bitterly resents their absence and longs for her own freedom away from school, much to the utter devastation of her parents. Emotionally engaging and starkly beautiful, Last Train Home’s intimate observation of one fractured family sheds light on the human cost of China’s ascendance as an economic superpower. (Zeitgeist Films)

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Runtime: 85 min
Production: Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit (CPTC)
Genres: Drama, Documentary
Countries: China, UK, Canada
Language: Mandarin
Home Release Date: Feb 22, 2011
Director Credit
Lixin Fan Director
Principal Cast Credit
Changhua Zhan Himself (Documentary Subject)
Suqin Chen Herself
Yang Zhang Himself (Documentary Subject)
Cast Credit
Changhua Zhan Himself (Documentary Subject)
Qin Zhang Herself
Suqin Chen Herself
Yang Zhang Himself (Documentary Subject)
Producer Credit
Bob Moore Co-Producer
Christi Collier Executive Producer
Daniel Cross Producer
Mila Aung-Thwin Producer
Zhao Qi Executive Producer Movie title data, credits, and poster art provided by:

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