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

His son dead,

his home burnt to the ground,

nowhere to turn but the county seat.

This is called

"not shedding tears until

one sees the coffin."

It must be a rude awakening.

Why do you all flee the famine?

Because you're all godless heathens!

Running blindly away...

you don't know what lies ahead of you.

Who can you turn to out there?


Take refuge in the Lord!

Carp with dry noodles,


In a famine year? This

is too much, my friend.

Governor Li...

There are 72 wealthy

families in the county.

All of them have been robbed.

After they rob the rich men,

they'll turn to the county

government offices.

I'm still new to this job.

I never would have imagined that a drought

could starve all of Henan!

The whole province is suffering

and the national grain stores are empty.

Coming to Henan was like

boarding a sinking ship.

Governor Li...

the whole province is suffering,

but you've seen how bad it is in Yanjin.

When the time comes to

distribute relief grain,

I trust you will treat

Yanjin county favorably.

My friend... I'm not here to

distribute relief grain.

Then why are you here?

We're about to go to war.

I've come to collect grain for the army.


what does "flee" mean?

There's no food.

Do you want to starve?


Then you have to go

somewhere to look for food.

That's "fleeing."

Why are you wearing your wedding clothes?

Are you planning to run

from the famine in those?

It's for good luck on the road!


You think fleeing is a lucky thing?

Go change!

It looks like these old bones

won't be buried with my ancestors.

Your ancestors were all broke anyway.

You little bastard.


don't forget to bring

the ancestral tablets.


We're fleeing from a famine,

not going to watch a show.

Why are you taking that cat?

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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