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Cannes: For Zhang Yimou, a return to roots amid a turn to Hollywood
Cannes: For Zhang Yimou, a return to roots amid a turn to Hollywood

Zhang Yimou tilts his head in reflection when asked if his new movie, "Coming Home," a period drama with an amnesiac hook, is a return to more political roots. The film, after all, tells of a couple torn apart by the Cultural Revolution, and it seems to be interested, more than most recent Zhang work, in revisiting postwar China. “There is plenty that's political in the movie,” he said via a translator, in his characteristic semi-opaque manner that invites some reading between the lines. The director’s movie had just premiered at the Cannes Film Festival ahead of a U.S. release by Sony Pictures Classics, and he said he intended for his film to grapple...

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