Why Not Coming Back – Hui Dapeng


Most of the remains of the Chinese expeditionary soldiers who fought in Myanmar have not been properly preserved even until today. When can they return home and rest in peace?


Synopsis of Why Not Coming Back

During the stalemate of the Sino-Japanese war, the Nationalist government sent 300,000 elite troops to fight in Myanmar to defend the Burma Road, the only passageway between China and the world at that time. The brutal war killed more than half of the Chinese Expeditionary Forces. To date, most of the remains of the expedition’s heroes have not been properly preserved.

Volunteers from mainland China have struggled to bring the remains home through civilian means, but the process is full of difficulties. In 2015, after more than four years of efforts, the remains of 347 expedition heroes were collected. However, there were unexpected obstacles at the last minute.

When can they return home and rest in peace?


1 hour 28 minutes | English & Simplified Chinese subtitles | HD (1920×1080)
China, Myanmar | 2018
Director: Hui Dapeng
C0-producer: Jiang Nengjie
Production Company: Niao Ju Studio

Awards & Film Festivals

1. Nomination, 8th China Academy Awards of Documentary Film

Highlight Endorsement

“A rare documentary focusing on the return of the remains of the expeditionary force.”
Ji Shan Tang Cheng Xiao, Douban reviewer

“Professional shots with smooth and clear editing.”
Zha Jiang Mian, Douban reviewer

Reasons for Recommendation

1. Why Not Coming Back tells the history of deceased heroes, the Chinese Expeditionary Force.
2. There are different perspectives from volunteers, descendants of expeditionary forces, and Burmese Chinese in this documentary.

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