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Cannes Review: Zhang Yimou's ‘Coming Home’ Starring Gong Li

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • May 21, 2014 4:11 PM
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Coming Home
The tale spans decades and revolutions; the central relationship is a love affair so unending that it can even survive one of the participants no longer recognizing the other; the plinky piano soundtrack runs the gamut from plaintive to plaintive; no, this is not a soupy 1950s melodrama, but the new film from revered Chinese director Zhang Yimou. “Coming Home,” the eighth collaboration between the director and his first and most frequent leading lady Gong Li plays pointedly Out of Competition in Cannes, and while tears will be jerked, heartstrings plucked and throats enlumpened, it has to go down as a disappointment in the director’s catalogue.

Watch: Stirring First Trailer For Zhang Yimou's 'Coming Home' Starring Gong Li

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 21, 2014 1:19 PM
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While we're fully expecting to have our emotional strings pulled by Zhang Yimou's next film, "Coming Home," it seems that the romantic drama is going to be a visual spectacle as well. At least overseas, where in China, the film will be getting the 4K, full IMAX treatment on a number of screens. While we'll have wait to see if Sony Pictures Classics has similar ambitions for their eventual stateside release, even if it's just at our local arthouse, this looks like one to watch.

Zhang Yimou Goes Hollywood With Robert Ludlum Thriller 'The Parsifal Mosaic'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • February 14, 2014 9:18 AM
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The Parsifal Mosaic Zhang Yimou
While 2011’s “The Flowers Of War” starred Christian Bale and had 40% of its dialogue in English, Zhang Yimou has mostly stayed away from the Hollywood machine, preferring to continue working in his native county. Universal, however, seems to have found a way to lure the “Hero” director stateside.

Chinese Superstar Gong Li Joins Tarsem Singh's 'Marco Polo'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • May 29, 2012 6:25 PM
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As the historical 13th century voyage of Marco Polo stands as a symbol of the West's relationship to China, it seems fitting that an upcoming feature film about the explorer, long gestating from “The Fall” director Tarsem Singh, will provide opportunities for both cultures to partner up on the project.

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