Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles (2006)

Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles
Type Feature Film
MPAA Rating PG
Runtime 1hr 48mins.
Genres Drama, Foreign, Period
Keywords 1920s
Status Released
US Release Date
  
Name Credit Credited as Role Id Sort Order
Zou Jingzhi Story By n/a 120779 4000004
Zhang Yimou Story By n/a 120779 4000003
Zhang Yimou Screenplay n/a 120778 4000002
Zou Jingzhi Screenplay n/a 120778 4000001
Wang Bin Story By n/a 120779 4000005
Zhao Xiaoding Director of Photography n/a 120780 6000001
Sun Li Production Designer n/a 164 9000001
Guo Wenjing Composer n/a 120836 8000001
Cheng Long Editor n/a 172 7000001
Bill Kong Producer n/a 3 3000003
Zhang Weiping Producer n/a 3 3000002
Li Jiamin Actor Li Jiamin 1 1000004
Qiu Lin Actor "Lingo" 1 1000003
Wen Jiang Actor Jasmine 1 1000002
Shinobu Terajima Actor Rie Takata 1 1000005
Kiichi Nakai Actor Ken-ichi Takata 1 1000006
Xiu Jian Producer n/a 3 3000001
Zhang Yimou Director n/a 2 2000001
Yang Zhenbo Actor Yang Yang 1 1000007
Ken Takakura Actor Gou-ichi Takada 1 1000001
Synopsis
For the first time in many years, Takata Gou-ichi takes the bullet train to Tokyo from the quiet fisherman's village where he lives on the northwest coast of Japan. His daughter-in-law, Rie, had telephoned to tell him that his son, Ken-ichi is seriously ill, and asking for his father. But when he arrives in the city, Takata finds that Rie was not entirely truthful: Ken-ichi has been hospitalized, but after years of painful estrangement, he still refuses to see Takata. Crushed, the old man quietly slips out of the hospital, but not before Rie 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 color 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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