Back to 1942 Synopsis
In 1942, Henan Province was devastated by the most tragic famine in modern Chinese history, resulting in the deaths of at least three million men, women and children. Although the primary cause of the famine was a severe drought, it was exacerbated...
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Washington Post

It's a grim tale, and Back to 1942 doesn't pretend otherwise.
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Slant Magazine

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In painting a large-scale tableaux of the Henan disaster, Feng Xiaogang has inevitably been forced to sacrifice the specificity and focus...
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The Hollywood Reporter

There is surprisingly little emotional resonance with the well-drawn and acted characters, making it a tiring two and a half hour trek for...
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Shifting between individual suffering (performed, not felt) and extended political and business deliberations, the picture displays its...
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40

The New York Times

By Neil Genzlinger
It catalogs agony without making you feel it.
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Los Angeles Times

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Director Feng Xiaogang captures the epic scale of the exodus as well as the often-harrowing details, yet emotional connection proves more...
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Back to 1942

By um1967
The well told tale of a horrible famine made worse by the ineptness of General Chang's government gets high marks from me in spite of the ridiculous mandatory singling out of US policy as small...

terrible

By gudasa
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