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Postmen in the Mountains (1999)

Nashan naren nagou (original title)
Unrated | | Drama | 1999 (China)
A father, a retiring mailman, walks his son over his job in the mountainous regions of Hunan province.

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An old postman has spent his whole life delivering mail to the mountain of Hunan and is about to retire. His only son is due to take over his duties. As father and son journey through the mountains, the son begins to appreciate the toil and burden his father has to bear as postman for the villagers, and the old postman is also deeply moved as his son relates his mother's anxiety as she waits for him to return home from every trip. Written by L.H. Wong <lhw@sfs.org.sg>

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Postiers dans les montagnes  »

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$1,045 (USA) (23 January 2004)

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$203,975 (USA) (1 July 2005)
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Michael Learns to Rock's "That's Why You Go Away" is featured in the film's diegetic soundtrack. But according to the film's beginning intertitles, the movie is set in the early 1980s, which makes it impossible for any radio station to play the song, which was released in the 1990s. See more »

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That's Why You Go Away
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Performed by Michael Learns to Rock
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I was so lucky to see it!
11 September 2006 | by See all my reviews

I was fortunate enough to have a friend in Hong Kong to send me a CD of this film, for which I have to thank him immensely. It is a truly wonderful Chinese movie, and set in the China of the 1970's.

The plot, though simple, never fails to hold the attention, and gives a heartwarming insight into the relationship of a father and son getting to know, and learning to appreciate each other after long periods apart during all the years of the boy's upbringing.

The father, played by Rujun Ten, is a postman whose route takes him around the mountain of Hunan and away from his family for months at a time. But due to age (and failing legs) he is forced to retire and to hand the job over to his son, played by Ye Liu. This movie is the story of the former showing the latter the mail route, it's ups and downs, with introductions to the mountain people on the way. They are aided in no small way by their faithful German shepherd dog, Buddy.

The Chinese scenery is utterly stunning, the cinematography equally so, which is backed up by superbly sensitive and restrained acting by the two main players and also the supporting cast (which includes the dog, a star in his own right).

The one downside is that it's possibly a little too slow-paced for most Western tastes, and therefore probably won't get the universal airing it deserves. But for my money "Nashan naren nagou" ("The Mountain Postman") is absolutely unmissable.


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