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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. Read critic reviews

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Upon learning his estranged son (Kiichi Nakai) has cancer, a Japanese fisherman (Ken Takakura) travels to Tokyo to see him. Though his son rejects him, the fisherman decides to finish the dying man's project: capturing a famous Chinese opera star's performance on film. However, the singer cannot perform, for he is too grief-stricken at his separation from his illegitimate son. The fisherman decides to reunite the singer and the child and sets out to find him.

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Ken Takakura
Gou-ichi Takata
Kiichi Nakai
Ken-ichi Takata
Xiu Jian
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Xiaoding Zhao
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Guo Wenjing
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Sun Li
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  • Apr 27, 2010
    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 Ken Takakura is excellent as the withdrawn, non-Chinese speaking father seeking his son's forgiveness and a good story, However the remarkable helpfulness of everyone Takakura comes across - officialdom, translators, prison guards, an entire rural village - was a little too good to be true, and did made me wonder how much a Chinese Government stamp of approval is affecting the director's work nowadays
    Lesley N Super Reviewer
  • Oct 29, 2009
    I have to admit I m not fan of Asian Movies such this one.
    Jason Super Reviewer
  • Oct 22, 2009
    <b>If you are familiar to Asian Movies, you ll enjoy this one. If not you ll really have a tough time to follow the plot. LOL I read a user wrote: <center><i>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, Guy wandering around trying to do good for his dying son, but tends to piss people off</I></center> <b> Well each to their own anyway. I liked it. Not one of the best though watchable.
    Lilo C Super Reviewer
  • Aug 19, 2009
    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 2006 and Best Actor Award (Ken Takakura) and in 2007 Best Asian Film Award at the Hong Kong Film Awards... with a reason! Not as lavish as Hero and House of Flying Daggers this movie is a wonderful journey of late understanding and redemption between a father and dying son.
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