Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles Before he made splashy myth-history epics about fabric ( Hero , House of Flying Daggers ), Zhang Yimou made intimate yet emotionally vast films about… Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles Before he made splashy myth-history epics about fabric ( Hero , House of Flying Daggers ), Zhang Yimou made intimate yet emotionally vast films about… 2006-09-01 PG PT108M Drama Ken Takakura Kiichi Nakai Shinobu Terajima Sony Pictures Classics
Movie Review

Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles (2006)

MPAA Rating: PG
EMOTIONAL ARIA Takakura's performance as a father trying to fulfill a son's dying wish resonates for Miles
Image credit: Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles: Bai Xiaoyan
EMOTIONAL ARIA Takakura's performance as a father trying to fulfill a son's dying wish resonates for Miles
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Limited Release: Sep 01, 2006; Rated: PG; Length: 108 Minutes; Genre: Drama; With: Ken Takakura; 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.

Originally posted Aug 30, 2006 Published in issue #895-896 Sep 08, 2006 Order article reprints
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