Chinese Movie Nights – Back to 1942

The Henan province disaster was one of the darkest eras in 20th-century Chinese history. Director FENG Xiaogang’s wants the world to know just how dark, precisely, and it leaves no arm untwisted, no emotion unmilked in its bid to drive its message home.

Back to 1942 一九四二 (2012)
26/02/2018 VO + EN subtitles

Duration: 146 min
Category: drama, history, war
Director: FENG Xiaogang
Starring: ZHANG Guoli, ZHANG Mo, XU Fan, CHEN Daoming

After successive poor harvests in 1940 and 1941, the people in China’s Henan Province had exhausted all their stored up grains. At the time, the Second Sino-Japanese war inflicted heavy damage on the country and part of its territory fell under Japanese occupation. To make things worse, a serious drought hit China in 1942, and the only food resources were taken away by the authorities to feed the army troops and their horses. American political journalist Theodore H. (Adrien Brody) published a report about the famine in Time magazine, alerting the world about the unimaginable tragedy, in which millions of people are starved to death.


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