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Program Title: Home Coming [Huansiang]
EASC Code: CH-06
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Region/Country: China
Language: Mandarin
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Subject: Movie & TV Drama
Program Type: Feature
Media Type: VHS
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Release Date: 1991
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Color or BW: Color
Program Abstract: From the NYTimes: IN Yim Ho's ''Homecoming,'' a beautiful, modern woman makes a long visit to the small Chinese village in which she was raised. The air of the film is anything but nostalgic, since its stunning heroine, Shan Shan (Si Qin Gao Wa), has a ruefulness bordering on despondency. Her life in Hong Kong is successful by many standards, and she has the poise, the wardrobe and the bad habits (such as smoking and drinking) to prove it. The visit home forces her to contrast all this with the simple family life enjoyed by two of her childhood friends. When her boat arrives on the mainland (the film is a Hong Kong/People's Republic of China co-production), Shan Shan is met by Tsong (Xie Wei Xiong), whose nervousness in her presence makes their earlier affection apparent. Tsong is married to Ah Zhen (Josephine Koo), with whom Shan Shan has also been close, and together the couple have a child, a modest house and a full complement of barnyard animals. Their life is hard: The incident that finally arouses Ah Zhen's jealousy of her friend comes when Shan Shan quietly buys Tsong a pair of rubber boots to protect him from leeches in the rice paddies. There is more friction when Shan Shan persuades Ah Zhen, who is headmistress of the village school, to bring the children on a trip to the city. City life is frightening to Ah Zhen, and during the course of the trip she lets Shan Shan know it.
Data Entry Date: 4/7/2000