Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles Reviews
The driving force of the story is the reason beyond the journey. Like every journey we had known, Gouichi also finds his journey is more than a hopeless way to reconcile with his son; after all, he's wasting too much time to detour to the village and gotten lost on the way back home. But it is a worthwhile journey. He never gets the chance to reconcile with his son, but the journey mirrors his own reasoning. When the son dies, he grows a father-son-like relationship with Yang Yang who in contrast never sees his own father. They are destined to meet each other; as Gouichi meets Yang Yang, he starts to reconcile with his past while Yang Yang starts to know a fatherly love he never received before.
Filled with the beauty of the inland of China and its oriental art, the film delivers a deeply poetical life of a father (Jiamen's paternal love is also represented by Gouichi's) and son (Kenichi's father-hating character is represented by Yang Yang). It is not as good as his previous films, not even close to Red Lantern. But for the sake of so-called unexpected turn by a major filmmaker, the film does a lot enough to impress its audience universally.