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Release Date:
22 December 2005 (China) See more »
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A Japanese father travels to China's Yunnan province in the place of his ailing son to film a famous folk-opera star. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Ken Takakura ... Gou-ichi Takata
Shinobu Terajima ... Rie Takata

Kiichi Nakai ... Ken-ichi Takata (voice)
Ken Nakamoto ... Electrician
Jiamin Li ... Li Jiamin
Jiang Wen ... Jasmine
Lin Qiu ... Lingo
Li Bin Li ... Director Li (as Bin Li)
Ziliang Chen ... Warden Chen
Zezhou He ... Village Chief
Zhenbo Yang ... Yang Yang

Directed by
Yimou Zhang 
 
Writing credits
Yimou Zhang (story) and
Jingzhi Zou (story) and
Bin Wang (story)

Jingzhi Zou (screenplay)

Produced by
William Kong .... producer (as Bill Kong)
Jian Xiu .... producer
Weiping Zhang .... producer
Yimou Zhang .... producer
Zhenyan Zhang .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Wenjing Guo 
 
Cinematography by
Xiaoding Zhao (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Long Cheng 
 
Production Design by
Li Sun 
 
Makeup Department
Mitsue Sato .... makeup artist: Japan
Fumi Takeshita .... hair stylist: Ms. Terajima, Japan
Fumi Takeshita .... makeup artist: Ms. Terajima, Japan
Xiaoxi Yu .... assistant makeup artist
 
Production Management
George Awburn .... supervising editor: Digital Pictures
Tianhui Ge .... production manager
Xinming Huang .... assistant unit manager
Takahiro Kawada .... production manager: Japan
Atsuo Kikuchi .... unit manager: Japan
Jane Maguire .... post-production supervisor
Akira Morishige .... unit manager: Japan
Lun Pu .... production manager
Kerri Schwarze .... post-production supervisor: Complete Post
Ken'ichi Yamada .... unit manager: Japan (as Kenichi Yamada)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lulu Fu .... assistant director
Yasuo Furuhata .... director: Japan
Toshimasa Miyamura .... assistant director: Japan
Ellen Wei .... assistant director
Xiguo Wu .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Zhongshan Guo .... assistant art director
Zhongquan Hu .... set dresser
Yasuo Kashima .... assistant set dresser: Japan
Chieko Kashiyama .... assistant art director: Japan
Minglai Li .... assistant set dresser
Yuping Liu .... props assistant
Ke Mu .... property master
Yukiharu Seshimo .... assistant art director: Japan
Taichi Utsunomiya .... props assistant: Japan
Takaichi Wakamatsu .... production design: Japan
Geming Wang .... assistant set dresser
Wenyi Wang .... props assistant
Takeshi Yanagisawa .... props assistant: Japan
Min Yang .... props assistant
Shuping Yao .... set dresser
Quanrong Yu .... assistant set dresser
Chaochen Zhang .... assistant set dresser
Lisen Zhang .... assistant set dresser
 
Sound Department
Huijun Cao .... location sound assistant (as Huijin Cao)
Wei He .... sound effects editor: Soundfirm Beijing Co. Ltd.
Qianqian Ke .... foley artist: Soundfirm Beijing Co. Ltd.
Takashi Kuno .... sound assistant: Japan
Jing Li .... sound post-production coordinator: Soundfirm Beijing Co. Ltd.
Xu Liu .... location sound assistant
Huija Mo .... sound effects editor: Soundfirm Beijing Co. Ltd.
Jiajia Mok .... sound effects editor
Andrew Neil .... sound effects editor: Soundfirm Australia
Zeliang Niu .... location sound assistant
Paul Pirola .... sound effects editor: Soundfirm Australia
Paul Pirola .... sound mixer: Soundfirm Australia
Teiichi Saitô .... sound designer: Japan
Roger Savage .... sound supervisor: Soundfirm Australia
Ye Shu .... sound effects editor: Soundfirm Beijing Co. Ltd.
Blair Slater .... foley artist: Soundfirm Australia
Jing Tao .... sound designer
Jing Tao .... supervising sound editor: Soundfirm Beijing Co. Ltd.
Hoa Tu .... foley artist: Soundfirm Beijing Co. Ltd.
Terry Tu .... foley artist
Mario Vaccaro .... foley artist: Soundfirm Australia
Yuhong Wang .... supervising sound editor: Soundfirm Beijing Co. Ltd.
Zhida Wei .... sound post-production coordinator: Soundfirm Beijing Co. Ltd.
Jing Xiao .... second sound assistant
Jing Xiao .... sound effects editor: Soundfirm Beijing Co. Ltd.
Fan Xie .... sound technician: Soundfirm Beijing Co. Ltd.
Masahito Yano .... sound assistant: Japan
Hui Zhang .... sound technician: Soundfirm Beijing Co. Ltd.
Zhigang Zhang .... first sound assistant
 
Visual Effects by
Clayton Bell .... digital data management: Digital Pictures
Terence Cheng .... 3D animator/compositor: Asia Legend Limited
Bessie Cheuk .... visual effects controller: Asia Legend Limited
Manny Espino .... digital technical director: Digital Pictures
Fiona Fry .... digital intermediate producer: Digital Pictures
Ron Korpi .... digital data systems: Digital Pictures
Ringo Lee .... 3D animator/compositor: Asia Legend Limited
Eric Leung .... 3D animator/compositor: Asia Legend Limited
Kwok-Shing Lo .... visual effects producer: Asia Legend Limited (as Leo Lo)
Florian Martin .... consulting digital technical director: Digital Pictures (as Florian 'Utsi' Martin)
Ross Mitchell .... optical effects: Cinevex Film Laboratories
Peter Peric .... digital technical assessment: Digital Pictures
Graeme Pitt .... digital data supervisor: Digital Pictures
Tony Poriazis .... film recording supervisor: Digital Pictures
Sarah Robertson .... image repair and negative dirt removal: Digital Pictures
Henny Van Teyfingen .... digital technical support: Digital Pictures
Lisa Ying .... 3D animator/compositor: Asia Legend Limited
Donald Yip .... 3D animator/compositor: Asia Legend Limited
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ran An .... digital video assist operator
Hajime Baba .... assistant camera: Japan
Xiaoyan Bai .... still photographer
Jinxiang Cao .... electrician
Junfei Cao .... electrician
Yuan Chen .... generator operator
Hikaru Chikamatsu .... electrician: Japan
Liang Cui .... camera assistant
Hiroyuki Futami .... coordinator: lighting equipment, Japan
Shiyi Gao .... assistant electrician: Japan
Wei Jia .... grip
Tsuyoshi Kage .... electrician: Japan
Hongying Kang .... electrician
Keiji Kato .... electrician: Japan
Takayuki Kawabe .... electrician: Japan
Daisaku Kimura .... director of photography: Japan
Takumi Kobayashi .... electrician: Japan
Yuan Liang .... grip
Shigeru Ohki .... still photographer: Japan
Kaoru Saitô .... gaffer: Japan
Muneyoshi Sajaue .... assistant camera: Japan (as Muneyoshi Sakaue)
Xueyuan Shi .... generator operator
Dehua Song .... assistant camera
Mingliang Sun .... electrician
Tsutomu Takada .... assistant camera: Japan
Yu Wang .... electrician
Ze Xie .... assistant camera
Ou Xu .... lighting designer
Kosuke Yamada .... assistant camera: Japan
Qianbin Yang .... video assist operator
Cunhua Zhang .... electrician
Cunyou Zhang .... electrician
Nan Zhang .... camera assistant
Chuncheng Zhao .... camera assistant
Xianwen Zhao .... camera assistant
Xianzhang Zhao .... electrician
 
Casting Department
Hoei Project .... extras casting: Japan (as Project Hoei)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jin-Hua Gu .... costumer (as Jinhua Gu)
Tomoko Suzuki .... stylist: Ms. Terajima, Japan
Kyoko Takahashi .... costumer: Japan
Jianghong Zhou .... assistant costumer
 
Editorial Department
Ian Anderson .... laboratory post-production manager: Cineves Film Laboratories
Billy Browne .... editing assistant: Australia
Paul Cross .... negative matching supervisor: Cinevex Film Laboratories
Kerry Dibbs .... post-production assistant
Franco Diciero .... negative matcher: Cinevex Film Laboratories
John Fleming .... digital intermediate project manager: Digital Pictures
Ling Geng .... post-production coordinator
Al Hansen .... digital colorist
Adrian Hauser .... senior colorist: Complete Post
Akimasa Kawashima .... editor: Japan
Rachel Knowles .... digital intermediate coordinator: Digital Pictures
Eugene Leonello .... negative matcher: Cinevex Film Laboratories
Stanley Lopuszanski .... colorist: Digital Pictures
Gu Pinghu .... dv editor
Gu Pinghu .... on-set editor
Leigh Segal .... post-production facilities manager: Complete Post
Chieko Suzaki .... assistant editor: Japan
Caroline Whiteley .... color grader
Ligen Zhao .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Wei Chen .... musician: percussion
Ross Cockle .... music remix engineer: Soundfirm Australia
Ross Cockle .... score remix engineer: opening and closing titles
Ya Dai .... musician: flute
Sida Guo .... musician: midi
Xiaopei Li .... music recordist
Fei Song .... musician: zhong hu
Sha Yuan .... musician: string
Quansheng Zhang .... musician: ma tou qin
Jiazhen Zhao .... musician: gu qin
 
Transportation Department
Masanobu Amemiya .... transportation: production, Japan
Koji Sekiguchi .... transportation chief: Japan
Mitsunobu Tono .... transportation: cast, Japan
 
Other crew
Lesley Aitkin .... script services: post-production
Tom Alper .... insurance: Speare and Company
Jia Cui .... assistant to director
Zhao Danian .... second production assistant
Yexin Fan .... catering assistant
Howard Frumes .... legal services: Alexander, Nau, Lawrence & Frumes
Ke Gao .... production assistant
Pamela Hammond .... client liaison: Digital Pictures
Katsuko Hatayama .... production assistant: Japan
Zhihua Hou .... assistant to director
Wenrui Jia .... caterer
Xiaowei Kang .... accountant
Tomoko Katahara .... production assistant: Japan
Emi Kawano .... script supervisor: Japan (as Emi Kawano)
Shirô Kido .... talent manager: Japan
Takahiro Komura .... assistant to director: Japan
Yanlong Li .... catering assistant
Yinghui Li .... assistant to director
Mingna Liu .... accountant
Chris Lu .... subtitles: English
Dan Lu .... script supervisor
Shasha Luo .... documentary filmmaker
Atsushi Naito .... legal services: Aoyama Law Offices
Youko Nakagawa .... translator: Japanese script
Kaoru Nakamura .... production coordinator: Japan
Guanghe Ni .... second production assistant
Liwei Pang .... assistant to director
Li'an Qin .... interpreter
Toshifumi Shimizu .... assistant to director: Japan
Shuo Tian .... production interpreter
Zhaojun Tian .... accountant
Bin Wang .... story consultant
Jianguo Wang .... second production assistant
Gang Xu .... location production assistant
Xiaoshun Xu .... production assistant
Cloudy Yang .... translator: English script
Alice Yeung .... production coordinator
Yefei Yin .... interpreter
Xiangchun Zeng .... location production assistant
Jihu Zhang .... catering assistant
Jingsheng Zhang .... chief interpreter
Jingsheng Zhang .... subtitles: Japanese
Xuemei Zhang .... accountant
Shufen Zhao .... accountant
Ping Zhou .... physical therapist
Jiajun Zhu .... second production assistant
Renqiao Zuo .... location production assistant
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Qian li zou dan qi" - Hong Kong (original title)
"Riding Alone" - International (English title) (informal short title)
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MPAA:
Rated PG for mild thematic elements
Runtime:
107 min
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Trivia:
The film was denied the Official Selection berth in Cannes.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In the village scene Mr. Takata has to move to the highest location to make a phone call. In the following scene however he can receive phone calls while at a banquet in the lower part of the village.See more »

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9 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
a brand new oldie but goody?, 3 September 2006
Author: unrealloyalties from United States

As a long-time Zhang Yimou fan, I was pleased to see his most recent work depart from the Hero/ House of Flying Daggers genre and return to what I see as "classic" Zhang Yimou-- deceivingly simple films about personal struggle and transformation which are marked by their tenacious sense of humanism, stunning cinematography, and subtle political and social undertones.

Qian Li Zhou Dan Qi is a story about a father's (Ken Takakura's) journey to mend his relationship with his estranged son (voiced by Kiichi Nakai). It is a journey that transpires on two levels: Takada's physical voyage from a minimalist Japanese fishing village to a vibrant region of Yunnan Province China spurs an emotional progression that thaws his benumbed emotions for his son. Kiichi Nakai's character is never seen on screen and remains an abstraction; the son-figure is instead incarnated by a young boy of a remote village, fathered illegitimately by the opera singer whom Takada seeks to film. By learning to embrace the young boy, his hidden paternal love is manifested, and Takada, ever the stoic Hemingway man, is vicariously able to come to terms with his relationship with his own son.

The most gripping part of this film is Ken Takakura's performance. The range and depth of the actor's emotions was just what Zhang Yimou endeavored to capture in this film, and indeed, Takakura's dignity and gravitas permeates every minute of it. The camera delineates his face with great diligence and grace in the style of Zhang Yimou's The Road Home (1999) and earlier Gong Li films. Paired with visual imagery of Japan's coast and Yunnan's mountains and terrain, the picture is, as usual, a credit to Zhang Yimou's distinctive talent as director and ex-cinematographer.

Much has been said about the politics of Zhang Yimou's films. Since Qian Li Zhou Dan Qi deals with the touchy issues of state censorship and the Chinese prison system and presents them in an ultimately favorable light, it may appear that this film serves as propaganda for the Chinese government, which was an objection raised about Not One Less (1999). But even as a viewer who prefers to focus on Zhang Yimou's artistry and artistic expression rather than his "hidden political agenda," it would be rash to ignore the subtly subversive, wry irony interspersed in this film. No candy coating is painted upon the stiff policies of the state, which forbid foreigners from observing the internal workings of the prison system. The image of prisoners marching and chanting a din of self-improvement, reminiscent of the Cultural Revolution era, is equally stark. But beyond the state is the individual, and in this film as in many of Zhang Yimou's others, it is the triumph of the individual outside of his context that rings true.

What I disliked about this film, however, is that it seems Zhang Yimou has a tried-and-true formula which works, and works well, but which makes Qian Li Zhou Dan Qi feel slightly recycled (this probably wouldn't present a problem to those unfamiliar with his other films). The theme of a persistent individual's journey past bureaucracy and dispassion was explored in The Story of Qiu Ju (1992) and Zhang Yimou's use of local non-actors was a repeat from Not One Less. Moreover, this film does not escape the slowly-simmering tragic element that, though beautiful, is characteristically Zhang Yimou. I tended to enjoy the more circuitous route to tragedy in Happy Times (2000). But bottom line: after the martial arts movies secured his international fame, Zhang Yimou has created a film reminiscent of his earlier work, truly representative of his talent & vision, and which will probably receive more widespread attention— deservedly so.

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