Texas-based independent distributors Well Go USA have announceD that they will release on Blu-ray director Feng Xiao-Gang's Back to 1942 a.k.a Remembering 1942 (2012), starring Gordon Cheung, Zhang Han-Yu, Xu Fan, Fiona Wang, Adrian Brody, and Tim Robbins. The release will be available for purchase online and in stores across the nation on May 14th.
During the 1942 famine, with his house beset by starving villagers, Landlord Fan (Zhang Guoli) attempts to calm the crowd by preparing a feast. However, his house is burned down in the chaos, prompting Fan, his teenage daughter (Fiona Wang), his servant (Zhang Mo), and his tenant (Xu Fan) to embark on a treacherous journey south, struggling for survival as war with Japan looms on the horizon. Along the way, they encounter an American journalist (Adrian Brody), a judge (Dan Wei) and a priest (Zhang Han-Yu) who has lost his faith. Each meeting reveals the true depth of the despair that grips the country, but the hardships along the way prompt Fan to make some devastating sacrifices that leave him a broken man.
Note: Feng Xiao-Gang also directed the Asian blockbuster Aftershock, which was selected to represent China in the 83rd Academy Awards. The film is currently out on Blu-ray in Hong Kong, courtesy of local distributors MegaStar. See our listing and review here.