Full Trailer for Zhang Yimou’s Cannes Drama COMING HOME


Here’s the full-length trailer for Zhang Yimou‘s Cannes drama Coming Home, already infamous for making Steven Spielberg cry.

A period drama, starring Gong Li and Chen Daoming, is kicking off the Cannes festival out of competition and focuses on a man who reunites with his wife and daughter after years of separation due to the Cultural Revolution.

The famous filmmaker recently said at a press conference in Beijing:

“I want to reflect history by telling a family story. It is a story about loyal love.”

Zhang spent more than two years working on the script based on the novel “The Criminal Lu Yanshi” by Yan Geling, who also wrote the book that Zhang adapted for 2011’s The Flowers of War, starring Christian Bale.

“We couldn’t include many parts of the novel in the film, so it starts from the end of the novel — after the Cultural Revolution.”

The highly anticipated drama is scheduled for release in China on May 16. Sony Pictures Classics will distribute the film in the U.S.,  so we eagerly await release date news.

Check out the international trailer without subtitles, courtesy of TFS.

Update: The first U.S. trailer for Zhang Yimou’s Gong Li-Led Coming Home has been released ahead of its premiere in New York and Los Angeles on September 9. Check out the preview below.

Lu Yanshi (Chen Daoming) and Feng Wanyu (Gong Li) are a devoted couple forced to separate when Lu is arrested and sent to a labor camp as a political prisoner, just as his wife is injured in an accident. Released during the last days of the Cultural Revolution, he finally returns home only to find that his beloved wife has amnesia and remembers little of her past. Unable to recognize Lu, she patiently waits for her husband’s return. A stranger alone in the heart of his broken family, Lu Yanshi determines to resurrect their past together and reawaken his wife’s memory.