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  • Director

    Li Ruijun

  • Starring

    Wu Renlin, Hai Qing

  • Run Time

    133 mins

  • Release Year


  • Country of Origin


  • Language

    Mandarin, local Gansu dialect

  • Director of Photography: Wang Weihua

  • Exec Producer: Xiang He

  • Editor: Li Ruijun

  • Produced by: Zhang Min, Li Yan

  • Music: Peyman Yazdanian

  • Screenplay by: Li Ruijun

Director Bio

Li Ruijun

P&I - Director Bio

Li Ruijun is a Chinese film director and screenwriter. He graduated from the Communication University of Shanxi. He has directed five feature films, focusing on relationships between people and the land and rural attitudes towards family, life and death in rapidly changing China. His films are predominantly set in his hometown, Gaotai, with close friends and relatives acting in them.


Return to Dust


Barely tolerated by families keen to unburden themselves of responsibility, Youtie Ma, a middle-aged farmer, and Guiying Cao, are forcibly married. Beginning their lives together with quiet indifference, the two simply get on with their hardscrabble lives, but as the seasons pass inexorably by, and seemingly insurmountable problems are overcome, a deeper bond develops. In director Li Ruijin’s hugely satisfying, small-scale epic, political change may be the couple’s toughest challenge yet. [15] Rod White

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