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  • Summary: From three-time Academy Award nominated director Zhang Yimou comes a moving story of one man's journey across China's heartland. (Sony Pictures Classics)
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  1. Positive: 17 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. This is a movie for all cultures and all people, for families and especially for those who have lost them.
  2. Ken Takakura, a great rain-creased oak of an actor, delivers a quietly massive performance.
  3. Turning away from his highly entertaining epics "Hero" and "House of Flying Daggers," Zhang Yimou goes for utter simplicity in Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles, a film of much distilled wit and wisdom.
  4. Zhang is a master of detail and spectacle. There is also plenty of comedy, particularly in the scenes with linguistically challenged translators.
  5. Reviewed by: Nathan Lee
    70
    A little uncanny (has it been digitally manipulated?) and a whole lot clich├ęd, the tableau speaks of melancholy graced by a pale sliver of hope. You'd roll your eyes if they weren't so dazzled.
  6. Embedded here in a culture of formalities, with some of the arcs and gestures of that culture, it almost becomes an opera of its own.
  7. Reviewed by: Phil Hall
    40
    Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou has created so many memorable films (most recently the wuxia double-play "Hero" and "House of Flying Daggers") that one can easily excuse his new clinker Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. LoreleiQ
    Sep 8, 2006
    10
    Favorite movie so far this year.
  2. [Anonymous]
    Oct 18, 2006
    10
    Fabulous movie. Luscious cimematography and beautiful music coupled with a compelling human story that spans all cultures
  3. IanK
    Oct 27, 2006
    10
    It's heartwarming...
  4. Anonymous
    Dec 3, 2006
    10
    First hour one wonders how long this movie will be. But, then, masterfully you find yourself absorbed in a poignant, layered film grieving with magnificant actors. Visually impressive. Expand
  5. gambo
    Nov 13, 2006
    10
    Best film I've seen this year. The cinematography is an amazing achievement. The traditions of the picturesque Lijiang created in me a need to learn more about their culture. Ken Takakura stoicism permeates to show the human side that we all hold deer. It's rhythm (slow for most Hollywood goers) kept me interested throughout the film -except when Jang-Jang scapes. Expand
  6. davec
    Sep 1, 2006
    7
    this movie made me poop a little bit and then eat my poop.

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