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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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5 wins & 6 nominations See more »
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A Journey of the Heart: Reconciling Distances See more (53 total) »

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 Journey of the Heart: Reconciling Distances, 20 February 2007
Author: gradyharp from United States

'Qian li zou dan qi' ('Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles') is a little miracle of a film by the gifted Chinese director Yimou Zhang, an artist highly respected for his films of passion and martial arts captured in richly symbolic fashion and spectacular color. But in this film the director joins in writing a story with Jingzhi Zou that is as intimate as his other films are operatic. It is a simple, touching story told in manner that maintains Zhang's visual artistry yet goes so far beyond the glorious color to probe universal questions.

Gou-ichi Takata (Ken Takakura) lives by himself in a fishing village since the death of his wife. Apparently he was so devastated by her passing that he left his son Ken-ichi to grow up by himself, an act that Ken-ichi has never forgiven: the two men have had no contact in many years. Takata receives a telephone call from his daughter-in-law Rie (Shinobu Terajima) informing him that Ken-ichi is hospitalized with a grave illness and pleads with Takata to come visit his estranged son. Takata complies, but on arrival at the hospital his son refuses to see him. Rie shares a videotape Ken-ichi made about his obsession with Chinese folk opera, and when Takata plays the tape he sees that his son's burning desire to tape a performance by Chinese singer Li Jiamin (who plays himself) singing the greatest of his roles - an opera names 'Riding Alone for a Thousand Miles' - was thwarted by the singer's illness at the time, Takata decides to reconcile his paternal distance and travel to Yunnan Province of China to complete his son's tape and vision.

Upon arrival in China Takata discovers that the singer is in jail and he obtains the translator services of Lingo (Lin Qiu) and Jasmine (Jiang Wen) who ultimately help him to overcome the endless red tape to gain an audience with the singer in his jail. Though Li wants to sing his famous role of Takata to film for his son, Li requests that first he be able to see his illegitimate son Yang Yang (Zhenbo Yang) who has been adopted by a little village called Stone Flower. Takata, with the aid of his translators, visits Stone Flower and the people there greet Takata with warmth and give their consent to allow Yang Yang to accompany Takata to see the father he has never met. But on the road out of China Yang Yang strays and Takata and Yang Yang spend a night in the frightening depths of a canyon: they bond with complex shared needs until they are rescued the next morning. Though Yang Yang has developed a love for Takata he doesn't want to leave his village and Takata departs back to the prison alone to tell Li. At the prison Takata shares with Li and his fellow inmates photographs of Yang Yang: everyone is so moved that Li performs the opera for Takata's son on videotape as a gesture of love.

Takata has accomplished his mission of reconciliation with his own son, but Rie calls him to inform him that Ken-ichi has died but left a letter addressed to Takata that explains how deeply moved the son is that his father would make the journey to China, riding alone for thousands of miles out of love. The gesture is enough for Ken-ichi.

Zhang tells his story in both Mandarin and Japanese and the translations reflect the differences on the two countries but also represent bridges between the ancient and the modern, between cold interior calloused heart and the warmth of love. The filming and accompanying musical score are as always in Zhang's films beautiful beyond description. This is a film to cherish, one that is so understated in its approach to father-son relationships that it will touch chords of recognition in every viewer. Highly recommended. Grady Harp

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