Traveling with no money and only two ducks as collateral, Xu Yun walks into an urban jungle of gangsters and thieves, throwing his life into danger. He earns the sympathy and support of streetwise hustler Scar (Wang Jie) and a cynical policeman (Liu Xiaopei). Both help Xu Yun find clues to the whereabouts of his father, but their efforts are dashed by a 24-hour flood warning forcing the sudden evacuation of the entire city. Will Xu Yun find his father in time, and if so, will he bring his father back home?
Winner of several international festival awards, Taking Father Home is the debut feature of radical independent filmmaker Ying Liang, who borrowed equipment and recruited friends and family to realize his fierce vision of an emotionaly scarred society. The film presents “a side of China that is rarely, if ever, seen on film.” —dGenerate Films
Ying's vision of China is one that psychologically fragmented itself through the process of betraying the utopian horizon for an ugly totalitarian capitalism. As communities pull themselves apart to accommodate both economic development and its attendant environmental ravages, Xu Yun slowly reveals himself to be not simply a fish out of water, but a kindred spirit to the flood that promises to swallow Zigong whole.
Yet another great talent to emerge from China in the last decade. Very simple in terms of story and approach, and the resolution did feel a little over done, but there's promising talent here. I love that the film begins by thanking everybody who worked on the film for free.