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Back to 1942

Overview


Genre :

Drama, War

Release Date :

November 30, 2012 (Limited)

Director :

Feng Xiaogang

Starring :

Xu Fan, Zhang Hanyu, Tim Robbins, Adrien Brody, Zhang Guoli, Chen Daoming

REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Not quite bad, but it's not recommended either.    Readers  Be the 1st!

2 of 4

“..weighted down by an unwieldy structure and too many storylines and with a message aimed at appeasing Beijing rather than its audience, Back to 1942 is a flawed depiction of a historical tragedy..”
by Bruce DeMara [Toronto Star]
“..the pic displays its budget but not its heart..”
by Jay Weissberg [Variety]
“..the film uses all the techniques familiar from other depictions of mass migration and suffering to try to bring the catastrophe down to a graspable scale, but it's not terribly effective at humanizing its characters..”
by Neil Genzlinger [NY Times]
“..sometimes stirring, but has trouble connecting emotionally..”
by Deborah Young [Hollywood Reporter]
2 of 4

“..highly uneven film excels at dramatic set pieces, but stumbles in the sections that link them together..”
by James Spillane [Slant Magazine]
“..Feng Xiaogang captures the epic scale of the exodus as well as the often-harrowing details, yet emotional connection proves more elusive..”
by Sheri Linden [LA Times]

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