Coming Home

Synopsis: Lu Yanshi (Chen Daoming) and Feng Wanyu (Gong Li) are a devoted couple forced to separate when Lu is arrested and sent to a labor camp as a political prisoner, just as his wife is injured in an accident. Released during the last days of the Cultural Revolution, he finally returns home only to find that his beloved wife has amnesia and remembers little of her past. Unable to recognize Lu, she patiently waits for her husband's return. A stranger alone in the heart of his broken family, Lu Yanshi determines to resurrect their past together and reawaken his wife's memory.
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): Yimou Zhang
Production: Sony Pictures Classics
  15 wins & 30 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
109 min


All right. That's it for today.

Everyone listen up.

Gather around.

You all did very well today.

Next month we will find out

the company's decisions on the major roles.

Everyone should do her very best.


Please go to the Propaganda Office.



Close the door. Sit down.


I had your mother come in today

because I have something to tell you both.

- Something happened to Lu.

- Is he in trouble?

What happened?

He escaped.



That Rightist is a sneaky bastard.

He ran off during a prison transfer

at a train station not far from here.

Have you been in contact with him?


I haven't heard from him in 10 years.

I must inform you that firstly

if you know his whereabouts,

report it immediately

and help the authorities apprehend him.


it is strictly forbidden to meet him.

He is the enemy.

Don't cross the line.

Have I made myself clear?

Now declare your position.

I have nothing to do with him.

I will obey the Party's decisions.

Teacher Yu.

Your daughter's doing well.

How about you?

Teacher Yu.

Let me be absolutely clear.

Withholding information

is a very serious crime.

I'm doing this for your own good.

Think about your daughter's future.

Do you understand what I'm saying?


I understand.


Will they let me be the lead?

The soldier is a good role, too.

I don't want to play a soldier.

I'll be the lead or nothing.


You mustn't see him.

He's an enemy of the party.


Get the door.

- Deputy Li.

- Deputy Li.

Come in.

Teacher Yu of Guangming Middle School.

Her daughter Dandan,

a student at the dance academy.

This is Deng and his colleague,

Comrade Liu from the political prison.

They have some questions for you.

Lu escaped.

Did you know that?


Please tell me, why did he do it?

- What did you do to him?

- Who's asking the questions here?

She just wants to know.

It's been so long since she heard from him.

It's only human.

Deputy Li, with all due respect...

Try not to forget which side you're on.

Fine, I'll be quiet. Please continue.

Certain things

the family does not need to know.

Just answer our questions. Okay?

It's so obvious.

Dandan is the better dancer.

That's not the point.

Her father committed a crime and ran off.

Talk to her after the rehearsal.

She was only three

when her father was taken away.

- She hardly knows him.

- That's irrelevant.

Mei will take the lead. And that's final.

Who's there?


Did you see my mother?


You're a big girl now.

I'm your father.

I don't know you.

I just want to see you and your mother.

Nobody wants to see you.

Tell your mother tomorrow morning at 8:00.

I'll be waiting for her at the station.

No way.

Did something happen?

I didn't get the lead.

Wu Qinghua in

The Red Detachment of Women.

Why not?

What is there to think about?

It's for a righteous cause.

You will be justly rewarded.

Give me good information

and I can talk to your school.

You can have any role you want.

Where's your school? I'll write it down.

Mother, I'm home.

- What took you so long?

- Late rehearsal.

Mother. Are you going to meet him?

What about me?

Did you think about me?

Since you were young,

I've always put you first.

But this time I must think of your father.

I don't care. I won't let you go!


What I do is none of your business.

Your business is to dance Wu Qinghua.

You'll ruin everything!

I'm not letting you go!







Over there!

Lu, run!

- Run!

- Yu!

Lu, run!


Just run!


Lu, run!


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