Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles

Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles

Director: Zhang Yimou

Country:  Hong Kong, China, Japan

Year of Production:  2005

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From three-time Academy Award nominated director Zhang Yimou - best known in recent years for his breathtaking action masterpieces HERO and HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGERS - and producer Bill Kong (CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON) comes a moving story of one man's journey across China's heartland, starring the legendary actor Ken Takakura.

For the first time in many years, Takata Gou-ichi (Ken Takakura) takes the bullet train to Tokyo from the quiet fisherman's village where he lives on the northwest coast of Japan to visit his seriously ill son, Ken-ichi (Nakai Kiichi). But when he arrives in the city, Takata finds that after years of painful estrangement, Ken-ichi still refuses to see him. Crushed, the old man quietly slips out of the hospital, but not before Rie (Terajima Shinobu), Ken-ichi's wife, gives him a videotape to watch. What Takata sees on the tape, Rie hopes, will help him get to know his son again.

Takata plays the tape and learns that Ken-ichi is studying a form of Chinese exorcising drama that dates back more than a thousand years. Ken-ichi had traveled all the way to Yunnan Province in Southern China to see the famous actor LI Jiamin perform, but the actor was ill and unable to sing. Li promised to sing the legendary song 'Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles' from the literary classic, 'Romance of the Three Kingdoms' for Ken-ichi if he returns to Yunnan the following year.

Hoping to bridge the gap between himself and his son, Takata decides to find Li Jiamin and videotape his performance for the dying Ken-ichi. As the old man begins an odyssey into the heart of China, he encounters a number of strangers who colour his journey - from well-meaning translators who guide him through China's idiosyncrasies, to prison wardens anxious to promote Chinese culture abroad, to a young runaway with a complicated father-son relationship of his own.

What Takata discovers on his journey is kindness... and a sense of family he thought he had lost long ago.

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Starring:  Takakura Ken, Terajima Shinobu, Nakai Kiichi


Director: Zhang Yimou

Writer(s):  Zou Jingzhi

Producers:  Bill Kong

Editor:  Long Cheng

Cinematographer:  Daisaku Kimura, Xiaoding Zhao

Music:  Wenjing Guo

Production Details

Country:  Hong Kong, China, Japan

Year of Production:  2005


  • English

Duration:  107 minutes


  • Drama

Theatrical Release Date:  TBC

DVD Release Date:  TBC

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