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It is the winter of 1942. The film opens with Master Fan as a wealthy landlord in wartime Henan. When the village is suffering from famine, Fan still has plenty of food to feed his family and the villagers. A group of bandits come and rob the village, eventually burning it down to the ground. Fan's son died in the process of stopping the bandits.

Fan flees his hometown with his daughter, wife and daughter-in-law. They are also accompanied by a servant, Shuanzhu. Along their way west, they meet Xialu, a fellow villager, and the latter's family. They decide to flee together, but Fan's food supply and money are robbed by NRA soldiers amid the chaos caused by Japanese bombing.

Brother Sim insists on preaching his faith in the famishing province. After suffering a few Japanese bombings and witnessing many innocent people dying, he takes refuge under Father Megan but starts doubting the presence of God.

Meanwhile, TIME correspondent Theodore H. White treks to Henan to investigate the famine. He discovers that while people are dying every day and some have even resorted to cannibalism, the Nationalist Government is still not doing anything to help the refugees. Chiang Kai-shek even wants to give up defending Henan, leaving the refugees to the Japanese. White's report is eventually published in the magazine, causing the Nationalist Government to make a U-turn on their policy. However, when relief supplies are being distributed in the province, the local officials and soldiers start fighting over who will receive a larger share.

The plight of Master Fan continues as his family members die one by one. He is eventually forced to sell his daughter into prostitution in return for food. Losing hope on life, he retreats eastward, planning to die somewhere near his home. On his way back, he meets a little girl who has just lost her mother. He adopts the girl as his granddaughter and they carry on their journey.

Film Information
Film Title : Back to 1942 (2012)
Traditional : 一九四二
Simplified : 一九四二
Mandarin : Yījiǔsì'èr
Country / Region :China Mainland
Published Languages :Mandarin
Film types :Fiction/Feature Film
Genres :Drama
Studios : Huayi Brothers
Film companies : China Film Co., Ltd. Beijing Film Distribution Branch
Release year : 2012
Production Credits
Director Feng Xiaogang ( 冯小刚 )
Screenwriter Liu ( 刘震云 )