Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles – Philippa Hawker
From The Age (link):
Chinese director Zhang Yimou‘s Riding Alone For Thousands of Miles(ÂçÉÈáåËµ∞ÂçïÈ™ë) is a project conceived by the director especially for its star, the veteran Japanese actor Ken TakakuraÔºàÈ´ò‰ªìÂÅ•Ôºâ, now in his mid-’70s. It’s a work that makes the most of the actor’s resolute, poignant impassivity, immaculately controlled and conveyed throughout the movie.
In some ways, this film is reminiscent of his more sentimental works, such as Not One LessÔºà‰∏Ä‰∏™ÈÉΩ‰∏çËÉΩÂ∞ëÔºâ and The Road HomeÔºàÊàëÁöÑÁà∂‰∫≤ÊØç‰∫≤Ôºâ: it has rural locations, a quest theme, a child actor, a character defined by stubborn persistence. But it deals in restrained and quietly heartfelt ways with father-son estrangement and failed communication.