Last Train Home
Rating: Year:2009
Cast:Changhua Zhang, Yang Zhang, Suqin Chen Length:1h 25m
Director:Lixin Fan Country:Canada, China, United Kingdom
Writers:- Genre:Documentary
Synopsis: A couple travels home for the Chinese New Year, so do 130,000,000 others.
Rating:
Cast:Changhua Zhang, Yang Zhang, Suqin Chen
Director:Lixin Fan
Writers:-
Year:2009
Length:1h 25m
Country:Canada, China, United Kingdom
Genre:Documentary
Synopsis: A couple travels home for the Chinese New Year, so do 130,000,000 others.

An interesting documentary on the largest migration in the world - humans. In China each New Year over 130 million people leave the large industrial cities and travel back to their home villages. This massive movement creates a huge burden for the Chinese government, and the people travelling. To understand the size of this migration, it would be the 10th largest country in the world, bigger than Mexico, Japan, or Germany and more than twice the size of all of the United Kingdom. The picture above is a train station !

As China increases its capitalist adventures, more and more people from poor villages move to the large cities to earn higher wages for their families back home. The only time they see their children is during the New Year. The government encourages this, as do Western companies, however the reality is becoming a nightmare as can be seen in this film.

We follow a couple as they leave the jean factory in Guangzhou and travel home to see their children. The difficulties of the journey match the difficulties of raising a family this way. The modern struggles of the Chinese are well-depicted.