Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles
Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles (2006)

On the heels of such extravagant historical swordplay epics as Hero and House of Flying Daggers, Mainland Chinese director Zhang Yimou returns to the reins to tell this intimate tale of an aging father who attempts to remedy a longstanding… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: September 1, 2006
DVD Release Date: February 6, 2007
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Critic Score: 80% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Doesn't reach the heights of Zhang Yimou's best, but this is still a heartwarming tale of love and forgiveness from the acclaimed Chinese director.

Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

The themes are universal (if a touch corny), the rugged Chinese scenery is stupendous, and the performances are touching.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

It's a masterful little film, and, thanks to Zhang's seasoned hands, it's subtly heartfelt but never manipulative.

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Fernando F. Croce

A profound example of unashamed feeling expanding across cultural barriers

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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic

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.

John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press

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.

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Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film

This may be one man's story but the themes are epic.

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Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic

It sounds like a slight plot, and it is, but it is rich in detail that makes up for the simplicity of the story.

Eleanor Ringel Cater
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Relatively speaking, minor Yimou, yet it retains that extraordinary cinematic sensibility and superbly observed humanity that characterizes all his work.

Maria Garcia
Film Journal International

The director fails to overcome a script that ignores the backstory of the characters, and that agonizingly details minor subplots.

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[font=Century Gothic]In "Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles", Takata(Ken Takakura) has been estranged from his son, Ken-ichi, for the past ten years… More
Christopher Mercer
Just to start off, let's call this the little Asian film that thinks it can. Certainly it does, and it almost succeeds (and does succeed on some levels),… More
Panta Oz
This Chinese / Japanese drama film directed by Zhang Yimou and starring Ken Takakura won San Diego Film Critics Society Award as Best Foreign Language Film in… More
Bruce Bruce
I'm still trying to figure out, WHY. Why what you ask, why I continue to watch this bloody movie, I mean theres no blood in the movie, just an expression,… More
Lesley N
Yimou Zhang directed film about a reserved Japanese father who travels to China to complete a film for his estranged and dying son. Ken Takakura is excellent as… More