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Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles
A Japanese man travels to China with his dying son to learn the local opera of Yunnan Province.
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

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"The themes are universal (if a touch corny), the rugged Chinese scenery is stupendous, and the performances are touching."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"It's a masterful little film, and, thanks to Zhang's seasoned hands, it's subtly heartfelt but never manipulative."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"A profound example of unashamed feeling expanding across cultural barriers"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"The story may be sentimental, but Yimou layers it by adding cultural clash to the generational ones."
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"Zhang is one of the world's great filmmakers, both in technique and in his rich humanity. Riding Alone will move you."
‑ Jack Garner, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
"What remains most vividly after Riding Alone For Thousands of Miles, however, is not its story but its world--the immersion in that world of a foreigner, not a polo-shirted Yank but a stiff-necked Japanese. And it is all overseen by a Chinese director."
‑ Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic
"A father takes a spiritual journey from Japan to China to help mend a decades-long rift between himself and his dying son. The lessons learned en route are as profound as they are simple."
‑ John Monaghan, Detroit Free Press
"This may be one man's story but the themes are epic."
‑ Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film
"From real-life opera singer Jianin to travel agent Lin Qiu and youngster Zhenbo Yang, the cast is the genuine article..."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"Yeah, yeah. Cue the violin music. But also grab a tissue, because the film levels far more of an impact than you might expect."
‑ Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
"It sounds like a slight plot, and it is, but it is rich in detail that makes up for the simplicity of the story."
‑ Richard Nilsen, Arizona Republic
"Relatively speaking, minor Yimou, yet it retains that extraordinary cinematic sensibility and superbly observed humanity that characterizes all his work."
‑ Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"The director fails to overcome a script that ignores the backstory of the characters, and that agonizingly details minor subplots."
‑ Maria Garcia, Film Journal International
"...gorgeously photographed and, like Babel, a subtly organized commentary on the ways people strive to communicate."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"Sometimes, when the right movie people come together, a blatantly commercial decision actually strengthens the artistic impulse, as you can see from Zhang's filial treatment of Takakura in Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles."
‑ Stuart Klawans, The Nation
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