The Road Home is the story of a country girl and a young teacher falling in love, and the teacher's death many years later that brings their son back from the big city for the funeral.

The film begins in black and white in present-day China when the son (Sun Honglei) returns to his village from the city upon hearing of his father's death. His mother, Zhao Di (Zhao Yulian), insists upon following the tradition of carrying the coffin back to their remote village by foot so that her husband's spirit will remember its way home. As the narrator, the son recounts the story of his parents' courtship, so famous that it has gained the status of a legend in the village. It is here the bleak black and white turns into vivid colors as the story shifts to the past.

Director: Zhang Yimou

Cast: Zhang Ziyi

"Love, tradition and family devotion are the themes gently conveyed in this tale from Zhang Yimou, the Chinese master of ´Raise the Red Lantern´ and ´Shanghai Triad´." (Edward Guthmann)

The film won the Silver Bear Award at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2000.

Monika Gänssbauer is Associate Professor of Chinese Studies at the Department of Asian, Middle Eastern and Turkish Studies.