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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
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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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Qian Li Zou Dan Qi: Tear-Inducingly Moving, 12 March 2011

My extremely limited knowledge of Asian cinema revolves almost entirely around that of South Korea; ignorance is a word which quickly springs to mind when considering both Japan and China. Having just last night endured the interminably fatuous nonsense of the Japanese Desu Nôto, I was somewhat afeared of returning so soon to that country.

Qian Li Zou Dan Qi tells the tale of the elderly Mr Takata, who journeys from his native Japan to a small Chinese village in order to record the titular mask opera for the benefit of his terminally ill son, from whom he is a decade estranged.

Now, obviously one terrifically awful film does not an awful national cinema make. However, I genuinely was a little put off by the prospect of watching another Japanese film so soon after the preceding opprobrium. Qian Li Zou Dan Qi begins with a combination of impressive and foreboding elements: its cinematography is immediately impressive; its apparent reliance on voice-over narration to express its main character's thoughts a little primal. Both of these remain, to some extent, present throughout the film, the former continually providing breathtaking visuals, the latter offering a slight detraction to the film's potential effect. To dwell on one for a moment, the rurality of the Chinese settings provides beauty aplenty for the camera, and we with it, to gaze upon. Many are the times wherein mountainous landscapes offer a stunningly beautiful accompaniment to the oriental soundtrack, the two combining to create a powerful and moving aesthetic which, the more the film goes on, demonstrates director Yimou Zhang's artistic mastery. Aside from the opening shot, the earlier parts of the film seem to lack a distinct visual prowess, but fret not, this is more than made up for by the end. Several times, the visuals convey thematic ideas to us through a combination of sky-spanning cinematography and telling blocking (wonderful to see that element of mise-en-scène utilised well), yet this is marred somewhat mere seconds later by the voice-over presenting the same ideas. Whilst I accept that this may be an accessibility issue—cinematic language is not one universally spoken—I did feel the film could have got along perfectly without narration at all, though it is by no means a serious flaw. The theme of paternal stoicism is one which I find inherently interesting at the worst of times, and is here given a fascinating treatment, the entirety of the film's effect hinged upon Ken Takakura's beautifully subtle performance. A gentle comedy permeates the film's dramatic layers, but always finds itself immediately overturned by the sombre drama of Takakura's face, which speaks volumes upon volumes with the simplest of motions. A wonderful element of the film comes in the form of the mask opera's singer's son, and the concomitant metaphorical representation of the relationship between Takata and his own son, an interesting and wholly effective means of presenting an otherwise unrealised dynamic. The film's eventual conclusion is tear-inducingly moving, capping a story that is described encompassingly in a single, simple word: lovely.

A very finely shot film which knows how to talk to its audience with images rather than words, yet still somewhat disappointingly opts to employ them, Qian Li Zou Dan Qi is a touching Japanese/Chinese co-production which attests to the beauty of both nations' rural landscapes and cultural aspects, as well as offering a genuinely moving, poignantly performed, and universally relevant tale.

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