Every spring, China's cities are plunged into chaos as 130 million migrant workers journey to their home villages for the New Year's holiday. This mass exodus is the world's largest human migration, an epic spectacle that reveals a country tragically caught between its rural past and industrial future. Working over several years in classic verité style, Chinese-Canadian filmmaker Lixin Fan (with the producers of the award-winning hit documentary UP THE YANGTZE) travels with one couple who have embarked on this annual trek for almost two decades. Like so many of China's rural poor, Zhang Changhua and Chen Suqin left behind their two infant children for grueling factory jobs. Their daughter Qin, now a restless and rebellious teenager, both bitterly resents their absence and longs for her own freedom away from school, much to the utter devastation of her parents. Emotionally engaging and starkly beautiful, LAST TRAIN HOME's intimate observation of one fractured family sheds light on the human cost of China's ascendance as an economic superpower.
Cast & Crew
- Awards & Accolades
- Grand Jury Prize (World Cinema, Documentary) Nominee Sundance Film Festival 2010
- Best Feature-Length Documentary International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam 2009
- Best Documentary Feature Asia Pacific Screen Awards 2010
- Best Documentary / Non-Fiction Film Los Angeles Film Critics Association 2010
Reviews(see the best reviews)
A quietly moving, empathetic social biopsy of the working class, migrant Chinese who produce so much of the world's goods.
A compelling, heartbreaking documentary that follows the lives of the Chinese immigrant workers who make the products we use. There is no editorial commentary, just the cameras following one family. The stresses are so great it is sometimes hard to watch. A very moving film.