Posted by Grace Feng on April 15, 2012
The Road Home 我的父亲母亲 wǒde fùqīn mǔqīn (literally “My Father and Mother”) is a movie that I’d recommend to my readers to practice your listening comprehension and at the same time enjoy a touching, beautiful and very much Chinese style love story.
There is English caption for the narrative in the video, but there’s no Chinese caption (can’t find one anywhere I searched). Narrator and the main roles, narrator’s mother and father in the movie speak mandarin. Other minor roles may use dialects of the northern area (slight deviation of tones from mandarin). However, that won’t make it difficult for you to understand what’s going on.
There are not many dialogues through out the whole movie. It is mainly narrated by the son of the “Father and Mother” on recounting how his parent fell in love and came together as a couple overcoming all hurdles. It also marked the cinematic debut of the Chinese actress 章子怡 (Zhang Ziyi).
I’d like to use the introduction from Wikipedia to get you started on the movie:
“The film begins in black and white in present-day China when the son (Sun Honglei) returns to his village from the city upon hearing of his father’s death. His mother, Zhao Di (Zhao Yulian), insists upon following the tradition of carrying the coffin back to their remote village by foot so that her husband’s spirit will remember its way home. As the narrator, the son recounts the story of his parents’ courtship, so famous that it has gained the status of a legend in the village. It is here the bleak black and white turns into vivid colors as the story shifts to the past. …”
Enjoy, my friends!
Category: Chinese movies and TV
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