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Last Train Home 2009 123movies

Last Train Home 2009 123movies

Jun. 06, 200985 Min.
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Watch: 归途列车 2009 123movies, Full Movie Online – Husband and wife Changhua Zhang and Suqin Chen are among 130 million migrant Chinese workers, most, like them, who have left children behind in the village for elders to care of, and who only see their family once a year when they head home for the biggest holiday of the year, Lunar New Year. In 2006, they will have been away from their village for sixteen years, they starting this life when their only child at the time, daughter Qin Zhang, was one year old, she raised by Suqin’s parents, her father having since passed. Three years in their collective lives from 2006 to 2009 are told, largely centered on those annual trips home, and the parents’ relationship with their two children, which also now includes adolescent son Yang Zhang, who they don’t really know in only seeing them once a year. Changhua and Suqin’s goal in choosing this life was to get the family out of poverty, they living to work – in a clothing sweat shop – sending money home so that Qin and Yang will stay in school for a better future, one that they themselves had no chance at in being confined to an agrarian existence. Qin, who over the course of those three years, will be at an age where she will make decisions for her own life, she seeing her parents’ sacrifice not so much in that vein, but rather one that had a negative impact for her in not really having had parents and living what she considers a sad existence in the village, which is comprised primarily of school and farm work..
Plot: A family embarks on an annual tormenting journey along with 200 other million peasant workers to reunite with their distant family, and to revive their love and dignity as China soars as the world’s next super power.
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The world you never knew
Short and sweet: the best documentary I’ve ever seen, and it doesn’t even feel like one when you are watching it. A must see.

Now the details for those of you who want it.

The Last Train home is a beautiful and tragic picture of what China is like for factory workers. Forced to work in a city factory, the Zhangs sacrifice their beautiful yet difficult life on the farm with their children in hopes that they can get enough money to send them to college. All the factories allow them to go home one time during the year, meaning thousands and thousands of people all trying to get back to their rural towns in China all at the same time. A surprising and eye opening experience into a world you never knew existed. The train stations are filled to the brim, people turn violent, and people faint from exhaustion. All for something so simple that many take for granted; going home.

The factories are not demonized in this film, in fact, it shows us how dependent the people are on it. If a factory closes down, it’s workers are devastated. So many work there so they can scrap together enough money to help their families in the country. All are in danger of extreme poverty and starvation. It raises a lot of moral questions on if sweat shops are necessarily as bad as everyone thinks. The quality of living is horrible, sure, but on the other hand these people desperately need the money just so that their children maybe luckier than they were and go to college. It’s a topic that leaves you torn, even if it’s not focused on in the film.

Like I mentioned above, this documentary doesn’t feel like one. Documentaries, though interesting, can come off as artificial. With Last Train Home this isn’t the case. It is a seamless flowing film that drops you into this family’s lives as a silent observer. The director never makes a comment on his project and lets the family tell their story for us. I believe this is what makes this film so strong and emotionally stirring. It’s easy to get lost in their many, many, beautiful and painful moments and then you realize that these people are real. They exist. This really happened. Then it is all the better or all the worst.

Now this film isn’t all doom and gloom. You laugh, you cry, just like it should be. The director is able to get his point across with out making it feel like there is no hope. Instead you cling to it. Things have to get better, you tell yourself, and sometimes it does. However this is the main component that keeps you glued to the very last second and leaves you wanting more. Such a simple thing but in a film like this one it could have been easily lost in all of the misery.

It also should be added that this film is great for showing the conflict between ‘Old China’ thinking vs the ‘Modern China’ thinking. It has been a topic that has come up in various literature, such as Pearl Buck’s ‘The Good Earth’, but it has never rung so clear as in this film. The Grandmother’s old superstitions and old way of thinking is conflicted with her grandchildren’s modern view on the world.

Overall, this film is as close to perfection as it could get. It draws you in and keeps you there until the final moment, until the credits roll and until the last line of dialogue is spoken. It’s a film of sacrifice, family, and survival. It has a powerful message that needs to be heard.

Review By: golden_dove88
The Results of Corporate Wealth: It’s Global!
There is a brief scene in this semi-documentary where one of the workers working on an immense pile of blue jeans for import to the U.S. laughs at the enormous waistline–a 40! He comments that only in America are there enough people who could fill so many of those jeans; I was in Costco two days later, and one of those folks was behind me in line , cart crammed with huge portions of food, loudly complaining because the line wasn’t moving fast enough for her. I wanted give her a copy of this tender, sad, revealing true story about people waiting in line, sometimes in the rain, for five days just to catch a train for their once a year vacation, usually to visit children they have left behind so that can earn enough money for the kids to live well and educate themselves and move ahead. Even with the mountain of personal and financial problems the family shares, their essential humanity shines through, and as with families all over the planet, they just want things to be better for their children. This is a penetrating and thoughtful film about a nation that doesn’t know how to handle its sudden growth and power, and is about the results of such power that often impact the victims of the system
Review By: museumofdave

Other Information:

Original Title 归途列车
Release Date 2009-06-06
Release Year 2009

Original Language zh
Runtime 1 hr 25 min (85 min), 52 min (TV) (Germany)
Budget 0
Revenue 288
Status Released
Rated Not Rated
Genre Documentary, Drama
Director Lixin Fan
Writer Daniel Cross
Actors Changhua Zhang, Yang Zhang, Suqin Chen
Country Canada, China, United Kingdom
Awards 14 wins & 13 nominations
Production Company N/A
Website N/A

Technical Information:

Sound Mix N/A
Aspect Ratio N/A
Camera N/A
Laboratory N/A
Film Length N/A
Negative Format HD
Cinematographic Process N/A
Printed Film Format N/A

Last Train Home 2009 123movies
Last Train Home 2009 123movies
Original title 归途列车
TMDb Rating 7.408 49 votes




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