Archive for October 23, 2008

I just watched the film Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles.  It is a wonderful film with a great message.  I especially appreciated how technology was used to solve mounting problems throughout the story.  This parallels challenges we face in education, and the movie shows that through perseverance and ingenuity one can accomplish many things; however, the key to success is having faith in and depending upon others.

Wikipedia provides the following summary of the movie:

“Written by Zou Jingzhi, the film tells the story of Gouichi Takata (Takakura), an aged Japanese father who, ever since his wife died, has not been in good terms with his son. When he learns that his son is diagnosed with liver cancer, he decides to travel to the Yunnan province in China in his son’s place to film Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles, a traditional item in the local nuo opera (), in which his son is a leading scholar. He hopes that by doing so, he might finally gain the forgiveness of his son.

The title of the film is an allusion to the fabled story of Guan Yu‘s perilous solo journey to reunite with his sworn brother and lord Liu Bei, as told in the Romance of the Three Kingdoms. It is a story about brotherly love and loyalty much told in Chinese folklore and operas. The film draws the parallel between the folk tale and Takata’s quest to fulfill his son’s wish.”

It is a subtitled movie for English speaking folks, it is rated PG, and runs 1 hour 47 minutes.  If you have not had the opportunity to see this film, find it ASAP and enjoy!