Back to 1942

Genre:  Drama
Release Date: November 30, 2012 - Toronto, Vancouver - November 30, 2012 - Toronto, Vancouver
DVD: May 21, 2013

Current rating: Rating: 4.25
based on 24 votes and 3 reviews
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Cast: Adrien Brody, Tim Robbins, Xu Fan, Chen Daoming, Zhang Hanyu


During World War II as Nationalists and Japanese troops fight, a devastating famine ravages the Henan province in China. Caused by a severe drought, windstorms, locusts, earthquakes, diseases and corruption, the famine resulted in the death of at least three million people.

In the midst of the devastation, an American journalist (Adrien Brody) is trying to make sense of what's happening around him and eventually comes to realize that there may be a greater connection between it all than he once thought.

Based on the bestselling Chinese novel Remembering 1942 by Liu Zhengyun.

Director: Feng Xiaogang
Studio: China Lion Film Distribution
Producer(s): Wang Zhongjun, Sanping Han, Albert Yeung, Peter Lam
Screenplay: Zhenyun Liu

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  • 4 stars "great movie, the director skillfully made use of the situation in question to reflect the hardship that was suffered by the Chinese people during the period concerned. The director in one of the intervirews compared the 1942 famine with the 1964 famine, I am not sure if he were intented to bring up the subject of the role of corrupt officials in China throughtout the centuries. The movie has done a good job in highlighting the human weaknesses; greed, abuse of power, non assertiveness, self centredness and selfishness."
  • 1 star "sucks"
  • 4 stars "Indeed a history worth watching!! The directing style is as good as Lincoln!"