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Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles Reviews

October 30, 2006
The themes are universal (if a touch corny), the rugged Chinese scenery is stupendous, and the performances are touching.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 26, 2006
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.
October 19, 2006
It sounds like a slight plot, and it is, but it is rich in detail that makes up for the simplicity of the story.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
October 19, 2006
It's a masterful little film, and, thanks to Zhang's seasoned hands, it's subtly heartfelt but never manipulative.
October 13, 2006
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 12, 2006
Relatively speaking, minor Yimou, yet it retains that extraordinary cinematic sensibility and superbly observed humanity that characterizes all his work.
Read More | Original Score: B
October 6, 2006
Cynics may not fall for its melodrama, but Riding Alone is good for everyone else, including children.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 29, 2006
Takakura, a veteran Japanese actor, gives a masterful performance that provides the movie with most of its weight.
Read More | Original Score: B
September 22, 2006
A story of parental devotion and reconciliation that is a treat to the eyes and also an enticement to tears of empathy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
September 22, 2006
Though lovely and scenic, it drones for thousands of miles.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 22, 2006
A film about human disconnectedness fails to connect -- or, more precisely, the eventual connections seem a bit forced and a tad maudlin.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 15, 2006
As a sad yet joyful celebration of cultural exchange, Riding Alone plays like a small miracle, unfolding in a world as it ought to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 15, 2006
In Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles his characters use digital communication appliances to send beautiful sentiments. Using old-school celluloid, so does Zhang.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 14, 2006
One of the most beautiful and touching road movies in recent years.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
September 8, 2006
... strangely flat.
September 8, 2006
There is a great late-career role for Ken Takakura, a Japanese actor, now in his 70s, who started out in gangster films and has been seen in Hollywood films.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 8, 2006
The film is simple bordering on sentimental bordering on sloppy, yet it's kept in artistic check by the vast backdrops of China's remote Yunnan province and by Takakura's nearly wordless performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 1, 2006
There are many languages spoken in this world, but the one most prone to misinterpretation may be the one shared by fathers and sons.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 1, 2006
The mushy script, co-written by Zhang, never rises above that of a TV soap opera.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
September 1, 2006
Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles is unlikely to be ranked as one of Zhang's greatest accomplishments but is clearly the work of a major filmmaker.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 31, 2006
Chinese director Zhang Yimou and Japanese actor Ken Takakura pull off a heartwarming tale of love and forgiveness.
August 31, 2006
Zhang Yimou takes a pause between marital arts extravaganzas with this simple, affecting melodrama about a mournful Japanese patriarch on an odyssey through rural China.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
August 31, 2006
[The film] deals with a number of subjects -- age, parenthood, estrangement, generosity -- all guaranteed to have you reaching for your hankie. So bring three.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 31, 2006
The title takes on and sheds irony. The stoic Takakura meets many new friends eager to help him on his quest, but that doesn't make the task any less lonely.
Read More | Original Score: B+
August 30, 2006
Ken Takakura, a great rain-creased oak of an actor, delivers a quietly massive performance.
Full Review | Original Score: B+