Notable Cast: Zhang Guoli, Chen Daoming, Xu Fan with appearances by Adrien Brody and Tim Robbins
Normally, I am not one for war films. Most of them tend to be great films, but as films - rarely do anything for me beyond pull at heart strings and rehash many of the same ideas. That's what made my experience with "Back To 1942" such a unique viewing. Yes, it's a dramatic film that takes place during World War II as the Japanese invaded China. Yet it wasn't a typical war film. Rarely were there any "bad guys" or "good guys" in the film, there were very few cliches outside of stylistic choices, and the few 'action' set pieces were meant to be horrific and not intense in the usual American style of the thought. "Back To 1942" was a film dedicated to showcasing the struggles and desperation that war creates on civilians - particularly those under duress - and it succeeds in such a grand way that I was emotionally drained as the credits rolled. "Back To 1942" is a cinematic wonder in many ways and it redefines 'the war film' for a new generation of film seekers.
Master Fan (Zhang Guoli) has struggled to keep his village a float when a massive famine strikes the Henan province in 1942. To make matters worse, his home is ransacked by pillagers and burned to the ground so that he, his family, his friends, and his fellow people have to trek across China to reach a far city in hopes of finding food and shelter. Fighting off starvation, bandits, and an impending war Master Fan must fight to keep his family alive even in the harshest circumstances.
Written By Matt Reifschneider