A Truly Bizzare Story

The report of a bizarre incident involving two women in Malaysia driving from Malacca to Kuala Lumpur with the corpse of an Indonesian maid in their car reminds me of a 2007 Chinese movie which I was fortunate enough to catch in Astro, a paid TV channel. Getting Home's (inset) original Chinese title, Lùo yè gūi gēn is a Chinese proverb which means A falling leaf returns to its roots. The Zhang Yang directed movie stars Chinese comedian Zhao Benshan as a farmer who tries to bring home the body of his friend who died far from his village. Penniless, he cannot afford to ship his friend home the normal way and resorts to taking him home in a public bus. A robber strikes and suddenly the other passengers realise that there is a dead man on board. They then kick the farmer and his friend off the bus and thus begins his long adventure on the road where he meets many interesting people, some of whom were kind enough to help him in his journey home. At the 2007 Berlin International Film Festival, the movie won the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury and western critics had embraced it, claiming that it surpasses a similar American comedy Weekend at Bernie's in plot, cast, and drama. The Chinese story however, is said to be based on a true story.

Enjoy the beautiful contryside in Yunnan, China and count the number of ways to transport a corpse,too!


Liudmila said…
Interesting is that such stories enjoy the people from the old times. I read fables with similar trama when I was little.
footiam said…
everyone likes a good story.

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