As a follow-up of last National Day blockbuster My People, My Country, My People, My Homeland is produced with the same formula. The movie gathers seven directors to helm five stories under the same theme, and also joins hands of a lot of celebrities.
Anthology films are unique in the sense that you can be transported to many stories and characters in merely two hours, guided by actors that give you snapshot into an unknown world before visiting another.
In My People, My Homeland, you will travel to five areas with quite different geographical characteristics.
The first story is set in Beijing. Reprising Ge You as the good-hearted yet glib Beijing taxi driver from the story titled Hello, Beijing in last year's blockbuster My People, My Country, the tale finds Zhang Beijing, Ge's character, has a new problem.
Zhang's uncle from rural China works in Beijing as a delivery man. Struggling with the high medical fees to treat his thyroid tumor disease, the uncle comes to ask for help from Zhang. Reluctant to lend money, Zhang — who once planned to use the money to buy a new car — figures out a "scheme". He helps his uncle masquerade as Zhang in order to use Zhang's medical insurance.
As one of the best comedians in China, Ge has again provided a textbook performance for a comedy role.
Somewhat a salute to Ning Hao's Crazy Alien and his own Detective Chinatown franchise, Chen Sicheng's new directorial effort stars actor Huang Bo as a maverick inventor who is unintentionally pulled into a "myth" about an unidentified flying object.
Wang Baoqiang and Liu Haoran's characters — two journalists who wear sunglasses and dust coats — are easily reminiscent of their detective duo roles in the Detective Chinatown series.
It's an interesting story that could stir an in-depth thought about the so-called cultural tourism.
The Last Class is a funny but also tear-jerking tale.
Starring actor Fan Wei as a veteran teacher who has stayed overseas for many years, the tale recounts his son's effort to bring back his partly-lost memory through helping him return to his first school — where he had worked for a decade — to teach the students again.
The Magical Painter Ma Liang — starring comedians Shen Teng and Ma Li — again shows Mahua FunAge's ability to produce a popular comedy.
The story is about a painter who volunteers to fight poverty in a village. But the protagonist has to lie to his pregnant wife, as the woman wishes her husband to go to Russia for a higher education. Fearing to be blamed by his wife, Shen's character gathers a bunch of villagers to pretend to be Russian farmers to cheat his wife.
The story has a lot of funny moments, making audience easy to burst into laughter in the cinema.
Set in northwestern China, Deng Chao and Yan Ni's The Way Back Hometown explores a more serious theme. An internet celebrity bumps into an apple seller who looks like a cheater on her way back home, but the plotline twists to unveil a heartwarming story, reminding of locals' effort to curb desertification in Maowusu Desert.