Back to 1942

Synopsis: A famine with multiple contributing factors and devastating effects during the Second Sino-Japanese war is chronicled from the official perspective of reporters, generals, politicians and real families whose lives were forever altered by drastic measures they were forced to take in order to survive. Alternately ignoring the dire nature of the famine and its subsequent exodus of millions of people from the Hunen province, and minimizing its devastation to the outside world, the Chinese Nationalist government of the time is one which seems to be over burdened by ongoing war efforts and corruption in the distribution of relief supplies. Policy and private life are worlds apart in stopping the devastation shown through the portrayals of those who lived to tell the tale and their accounts of those who were not so lucky, of whom there were many (3 million.) This is a true story based upon Liu Zhenyun's novel "Remembering 1942," Zhenyun himself is the descendant of a survivor of the 1942 fami
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Xiaogang Feng
Production: China Lion Entertainment
  24 wins & 11 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
145 min


we're already here,

so let's not go back and forth over it.

Tonight, we eat with you.

Whatever we eat,

we'll pay back after the drought.

Come, come.

Dig in, dig in!

We've waited long enough.


Young master.

Take this.

Call out the rest of the villagers

to eat too.

We can't let these bastards eat all of it.

If they don't leave afterwards,

we'll teach them a lesson.

Yes, sir!


Quick, quick.



Landlord Fan's son said

we'll all eat together.

Afte rwa rd s

if the bastards don't leave,

be ready for a fight!

Eat up!

Eat up!

We moved all the valuables and the ledgers

to Mr. Ge's home in the

west end of the village.

No, no.

We'll cart it all into the city tomorrow.





From the county seat?

No! Japanese soldiers!


The Japanese?

Calm down, calm down. Slowly now.



There were Japanese

troops in the mountains,

heading for Puyang.

I couldn't get through.

Are you trying to get me killed, Shuanzhu?



We come here to ask for a meal...

and you call in the troops?



how dishonorable can a man be?

A moment of weakness...

I'll make it up to you.

Eat up, my friends! Eat up!

Eat your fill!

Eat up?

Eat this!

Master Fan!

Heaven preserve us!

My goodness!

Three pints of millet each! Fight!


My donkey!

Try me!



Save me.

Mister Fan?


My heart...

You thought I didn't know

you were trying to screw my wife?


Where are you going?

It's all gone crazy, boss.

Your son is dead!

My boy!

My boy!

Landlord Fan

never had faith in the Lord.

He was warned, and still he refused.

And now, having lost the

protection of the Lord,

he has gotten his just deserts.

You see?

What good did his wealth do him?

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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