Coming Home (2014 film)

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Coming Home
Coming Home 2014 poster.jpg
Theatrical poster
Directed byZhang Yimou
Produced byWilliam Kong
Zhao Zhang
Screenplay byZou Jingzhi
Based onThe Criminal Lu Yanshi
by Geling Yan
StarringChen Daoming
Gong Li
Zhang Huiwen
Music byQigang Chen
CinematographyXiaoding Zhao
Le Vision Pictures
Distributed byEdko Films (Hong Kong)
GAGA (Japan)
Golden Village Pictures (Singapore)
Sony Pictures Classics (USA)
Release date
  • May 16, 2014 (2014-05-16)
Running time
111 minutes
Box officeUS$49.7 million (international)

Coming Home (Chinese: 归来; pinyin: guīlái, literally The Return) is a 2014 Chinese historical drama film directed by Zhang Yimou and starring Chen Daoming and Gong Li.[1][2] It was released in the US September 11, 2015 and first shown to the public on the 20th May 2014 at the Cannes Film Festival.[3] The story is adapted from the novel, The Criminal Lu Yanshi written by novelist Geling Yan.


Lu Yanshi was a professor before being sent to the labor camp during the Cultural Revolution. He escaped from the labor camp in Xining to meet his long-missed wife Feng Wanyu and daughter Dandan . However, the police were already waiting outside the house to arrest him.

Dandan, who was then a teenage ballerina, could not play the leading role in Red Detachment of Women due to her father's outlaw status. Under the temptation of regaining the leading role, Dandan revealed her parents' secret meeting plan to the police. The meeting ended with the capture of Lu but Dandan still didn't get the leading role. After the end of the Cultural Revolution, Lu came home only to find his broken family, his wife suffering from amnesia and his daughter working as textile worker. Under the shock of a former official's sexual harassment, his wife sometimes recognized him as Officer "Fang" instead of being her husband.

To reawaken his wife's memory, Lu played out as a total stranger just to be near his wife. Although she recognized him only as a letter reader or a piano tuner, he never could be able to be close enough to live with his chaste wife. During these years, Lu continued to write to his wife as a way of communicating with her, and to convince her to forgive their daughter.

The movie ended several years later with Feng waiting to receive her husband outside the railway station and Lu standing with her on a snowy day, pretending to be pedicab driver.[4]



The film was shot in Tianjin and Beijing.[5]


Coming Home had its international premiere at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival in the out of competition section.[6] It was scheduled to be screened in the Special Presentations section of the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.[7]


Critical reception[edit]

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a rating of 92% based on 63 reviews.[8] On Metacritic, the film has a score of 81 out of 100.[9]

Box office[edit]

The film grossed ¥23.7 million (US$3.80 million) on the first day in China[10] and reached US$46,000,000.[11] It earned a total of US$49.7 million internationally.[12]


  1. ^ Pamela McClintock (12 February 2014). "Berlin: Sony Classics Nears U.S. Deal for Zhang Yimou's 'Coming Home' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 17 February 2014.
  2. ^ Stephen Cremin (6 February 2014). "Wild Bunch launches high profile Asian slate". Film Business Asia. Retrieved 17 February 2014.
  3. ^ Kallon, Catherine (20 May 2014). "Huiwen Zhang In Lanvin - 'Coming Home' Cannes Film Festival Premiere". Retrieved 1 September 2017.
  4. ^ "the plot of 'coming home'". 18 May 2014. Retrieved 17 February 2014.
  5. ^ Patrick Frater (18 September 2014). "Zhang Yimou and Gong Li Reunited in 'Return'". Variety. Retrieved 17 February 2014.
  6. ^ Elsa Keslassy and Justin Chang (2014-04-17). "Cannes Unveils 2014 Official Selection Lineup". Variety.
  7. ^ "Toronto Film Festival Lineup". Variety. Retrieved 22 July 2014.
  8. ^ "Coming Home (2015)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved December 9, 2015.
  9. ^ "Coming Home reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved September 14, 2015.
  10. ^ Kevin Ma (18 May 2014). "Coming Home has huge China opening". Film Business Asia. Retrieved 19 May 2014.
  11. ^ "Weekly box office 09/06/2014 - 15/06/2014". Archived from the original on 2014-06-17. Retrieved 2014-06-16.
  12. ^ Nancy Tartaglione and David Bloom (January 10, 2015). "'Transformers 4′ Tops 2014's 100 Highest-Grossing International Films – Chart". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 10, 2015.

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