Postmen in the Mountains (Nashan naren nagou)


Postmen in the Mountains (Nashan naren nagou) (2003)


Critic Consensus: A lushly shot, quietly moving tale of inter-generational bonding in the highlands of China.


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Huo Jianqi, former art director for noted Chinese filmmaker Tian Zhuangzhuang, debuted with this delicately wrought, beautifully photographed drama about delivering the mail to remote mountain villages in southeastern China's Hunan province. A father (Teng Rujun) prepares to hand his 112-mile mail route over to his son. At dawn, the two embark on the three-day round trip on foot. Traveling along the rugged landscape of wind-blown hills, craggy rocks, and winding rivers, the son learns not only about the isolated communities to which they deliver mail but also about his own father. Postmen in the Mountains was screened at the 1999 Montreal Film Festival.


Critic Reviews for Postmen in the Mountains (Nashan naren nagou)

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (15)

The beauty of Huo Ji Anqi's film transcends China's lush Hunan province to focus on the peace that comes from within.

Apr 8, 2005 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Recommended without reservation.

Feb 17, 2005 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

A quietly touching little Chinese film that wrings considerable beauty and poignancy from seemingly the simplest of subjects.

Jan 15, 2005 | Rating: 3.5/4

A film so simple and straightforward that its buried emotions catch us a little by surprise.

Dec 31, 2004 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

This is an achingly gorgeous film of great eloquence and simplicity.

Dec 23, 2004 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

It's a love letter to the myriad ways, large and small, that mail handlers change lives the world over.

Nov 18, 2004 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Postmen in the Mountains (Nashan naren nagou)

Simple meditative film about a father handing over the reigns of his postman job to his son during one last journey through the Hunan mountains. A lovely film, enough to make you envy them their day job and the scenery and cinematography are stunning. HIghly recommended for people who like walking.

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