Riding alone for thousands of miles

Riding alone for thousands of miles

DVD - 2007 | Chinese
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Takada is an aging Japanese fisherman who has been estranged from his son for many years. When the son is diagnosed with terminal cancer his daughter-in-law, Rie, summons him to the hospital. When his son refuses to see him, Rie gives him a videotape about the work his son was doing on a documentary film in a remote region of China's Yunnan province. Still troubled by the relationship, Takada decides to go to China and complete his son's work in part to develop an understanding of his son, and in part to do something for him. Once in China a series of obstacles and relationships bring him unexpectedly closer to both an understanding of himself and of his son.
Publisher: Culver City, Calif. : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment : Sony Pictures Classics, [c2007].
Edition: Widescreen version.
ISBN: 1424832486
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 109 min.) :,sd., col. ;,12 cm.

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bobbles1
Dec 09, 2015

An opera within an opera, I loved this movie. Very stylized acting and narrative conveys the message clearly and you get carried away by the story, get to know the characters very well, each of whom is a template of a type but so sympathetic and engaging. Excellent, we are beginning to enjoy Japanese movies now we have got used to them, they are very real and do not glorify and sensationalize sex and violence as Western movies often do. There is no distraction from the very human message of joy and suffering, the dilemmas and problems and overcoming character displayed by the protagonists pull you right in. Wonderful!

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doeraymee
Nov 06, 2015

This was good, a bit slow at times but still worth while.

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ilovewhippets
Mar 19, 2014

Good movie! Wonderful, not seen before, scenery in the remote places of China!

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ms_mustard
Mar 11, 2013

a very moving tale of alienation and reconnection between 2 fathers and 2 sons. one reviewer called this film an odyssey of love - exactly! beautiful landscapes in Yunnan Province.

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jvanderg
Jul 24, 2012

A very touching story of family ties and of what is most important in life.

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millssean21
May 07, 2010

I really loved this movie.
Its worth watching twice

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geomillar
Apr 29, 2010

A Chinese film with Japanese pacing.
Excellent

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