China Lion Film to Release "Back to 1942" about the Famine that struck Henan Province in 1942

On November 30, 2012, China Lion Film will release "Back to 1942." A major motion picture about the famine that struck the Henan Province while China was at war with and partially occupied by Japan. Directed by Feng Xiaogang.
Nov. 15, 2012 - PRLog -- China Lion Film is bringing to North America a highly anticipated film that took acclaimed Director Feng Xiaogang nearly 18 years to make.  This film stars Xu Fan, Zhang Guoli, Zhang Hanyu, as well as Academy Award© winners Tim Robbins and Adrien Brody.

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 by locusts, windstorms, earthquakes, epidemic disease and the corruption of the ruling Kuomintang government.

At night, hundreds of famished farmers descend with sickles and torches on the household of Landlord Fan (Zhang Guoli) in North Henan province.  He hold the final stocks of grain in Laozhuang Village.  Afraid f the angry mob, Fan prepares a banquet for them in his own home.  But old feuds break out and his property is burned to the ground in an accidental fire.

With war eminent, a journey south on foot to Shaanxi province begins.  On the way the film introduces us to three men in crisis: impassioned American journalist Theordore White (Adrien Brody), chef-turned-judge Old Ma (Fan Wei), and Father Simeone (Zhang Hanyu), who is losing his faith in God and turns to the pragmatic Italian priest Thomas Megan (Tim Robbins) for advice.  With death and suffering "Keep on walking . . . keep on living" becomes the mantra for life.

This film presents a time in China's history that must never be forgotten.  To learn more and see the film trailer please visit
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