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Riding Alone for Thousands of MilesBefore he made splashy myth-history epics about fabric (Hero, House of Flying Daggers), Zhang Yimou made intimate yet emotionally vast...Riding Alone for Thousands of MilesDramaPT108MPGBefore he made splashy myth-history epics about fabric (Hero, House of Flying Daggers), Zhang Yimou made intimate yet emotionally vast...2006-08-30Kiichi NakaiShinobu TerajimaKiichi Nakai, Shinobu TerajimaSony Pictures Classics

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Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles

Genre: Drama; Starring: Ken Takakura, Kiichi Nakai, Shinobu Terajima; Director: Zhang Yimou; Author: Zhang Yimou, Jingzhi Zou; Runtime (in minutes): 108; MPAA Rating: PG; Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

Before he made splashy myth-history epics about fabric (Hero, House of Flying Daggers), Zhang Yimou made intimate yet emotionally vast films about people (The Road Home, Not One Less). Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles, which slips only occasionally into the narrative ellipses of epic, is Zhang’s path back to emotional realism. As Mr. Takata — a Japanese fisherman scouring China to videotape a folk opera for his dying son — Ken Takakura, a great rain-creased oak of an actor, delivers a quietly massive performance.

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