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      The Home Song Stories

      2007 1 hr. 43 min. Drama List
      100% 5 Reviews Tomatometer 79% 1,000+ Ratings Audience Score Rose Hong (Joan Chen) is a Hong Kong nightclub singer who emigrates to Australia with her sailor husband, Bill (Steven Vidler), and her two children, May (Irene Chen) and Tom (Joel Lok). The couple's relationship is doesn't last long, but they attempt to reconcile after several years, and Rose and the kids move into Bill's home outside Melbourne. The volatile and needy Rose has affairs and attempts suicide, and though her children stick around, they can't get back their innocence. Read More Read Less

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      Audience Member A stunning and engrossing drama, occasionally slows down more than it should. Joan Chen's virtuoso performance in her own language shows western audiences the watered-down version they've been getting all tehse years. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/25/23 Full Review Audience Member A finely chiseled drama about an unstable Chinese mother struggling to reconcile her desires with her children's needs in early '70s Australia, The Home Song Stories speaks bittersweet truths about life in the Chinese diaspora. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/25/23 Full Review Audience Member A very fine work, well produced and acted, telling an important set of stories. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/23/23 Full Review Audience Member Such a touching movie based on a real story! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/15/23 Full Review Audience Member For me it's all about the story, if a film has a flimsy script it's only a matter of time before it begins to fall apart no matter how many amazing actors you have in it. That said, I fell in love with this screenplay. Yes it's depressing at times and the outcome is far from a fairytale ending but its raw, honest, heartbreaking and completely memorable. It's a haunting film in a way and a fresh approach to Australian film making. It's a confronting experience for the audience and takes you out of your comfort zone at times, but it is also a window into a completely different culture one that touched a nerve with me; having an immigrant background on one side of my family. The glimpse into mental illness is also an intriguing one and whilst it doesn't offer many answers it is in the final scene of the film in which the grown up Tom is writing as his mother's ghost approaches that it becomes clear we don't understand or appreciate everything our loved ones do but that we still love them unconditionally. It really is a beautiful movie and a stand apart for me in Australian film. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/09/23 Full Review Audience Member A little too contrived at times but all in all, still watchable. Brilliant performances by Joan Chen, Qi Yuwu (aaahhhh <3) and her 'children'. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/12/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Richard Kuipers Variety A finely chiseled drama about an unstable Chinese mother struggling to reconcile her desires with her children's needs in early '70s Australia, The Home Song Stories speaks bittersweet truths about life in the Chinese diaspora. Rated: 3.5/5 Aug 25, 2007 Full Review David Lamble Bay Area Reporter Joan Chen gives a harrowing performance... Jun 2, 2020 Full Review Brian Chen Filmcritic.com Whether you walk out of the theater hating, loving, or sympathizing for the director's mother, Stories succeeds in enabling you to see through the eyes of an angry, confused little boy Rated: 4.5/5 May 27, 2008 Full Review ScreenAnarchy At its core, The Home Song Stories evokes painful memories, but also brings about the notion of forgiveness, remembering and honouring those memories. Rated: 3.5/5 Sep 15, 2007 Full Review Urban Cinefile Critics Urban Cinefile My favourite Australian film of the year so far ... a cathartic memoir, a love story and a tribute to his unfathomable butterfly mother. Aug 20, 2007 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis Rose Hong (Joan Chen) is a Hong Kong nightclub singer who emigrates to Australia with her sailor husband, Bill (Steven Vidler), and her two children, May (Irene Chen) and Tom (Joel Lok). The couple's relationship is doesn't last long, but they attempt to reconcile after several years, and Rose and the kids move into Bill's home outside Melbourne. The volatile and needy Rose has affairs and attempts suicide, and though her children stick around, they can't get back their innocence.
      Director
      Tony Ayres
      Executive Producer
      Wouter Barendrecht, Michael J. Werner
      Screenwriter
      Tony Ayres
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      Chinese
      Release Date (DVD)
      Nov 24, 2009
      Sound Mix
      Dolby Digital