After taking a small break, acclaimed Chinese director Zhang Yimou (Raise the Red Lantern) returns this year with the heart-wrenching epic drama "Coming Home," which reunites the filmmaker with his longtime acting collaborator/muse Gong Li and his "Hero" co-star Daoming Chen.
This new international teaser trailer offers the first peek at the upcoming period drama, which spans over several decades as it follows the lives of a Chinese couple (Gong Li and Daoming Chen) who were forced into an unhappy marriage, until one day the husband escapes to America, only to see himself thrown into a labor camp. And going by the film's title, the crux of the story seems to teeter on his eventual return to China.
Zhang Yimou hasn't directed a film, since 2011's war drama "The Flowers of War." Although his hiatus might have been prolonged due to his unfortunate legal battles over China's one-child policy (the director apparently violated the government rule when authorities discovered that he had fathered more children than allowed, which resulted in a whopping fine of $1.2 million).
"Coming Home" will be hitting China in May, festival screenings will likely follow.
Set during China's politically sensitive Cultural Revolution period, the film tells the story of an intellectual who is forced into marriage, flees to America and is sent to a labor camp upon his return to China. (via hollywoodreporter.com)