Language : Chinese
Director : Huo Jianqi
Released : 1999 (China), 2003 (USA)
"A lushly shot, quietly moving tale of inter-generational bonding in the highlands of China."
Info : In a remote mountain village in southern China, a son accompanies his father on his last trip as the village mail carrier. The trip is long and arduous, but the struggle signifies to the son the journey his father's life has taken as well as the magnitude and honor of the responsibilities that are now being handed down to him.
The film is set in the mountainous regions of the western Hunan province in the early 1980s. At the film's start, a young man (Liu Ye) begins his first journey as a postman at the mountainous rural areas of the aforesaid regions. His father (Ten Rujun), a veteran postman forced to retire due to a bad knee, decides to accompany him together with the family's faithful dog, Buddy.
The father walks his son through the nitty-gritty of the job, and the son realizes the mailman job entails not just the sending of letters. He witnesses his father's deep friendship with the villagers, and participates in a wedding celebration with the Dong people. The film includes a number of memory flashbacks, as well as many pop songs played on the son's transistor radio (including Michael Learns to Rock's "That's Why You Go Away", which is an anachronism given that the film is set in the early 1980s).
- A film so simple and straightforward that its buried emotions catch us a little by surprise.
- A quietly touching little Chinese film that wrings considerable beauty and poignancy from seemingly the simplest of subjects.
- Viewers who don't mind reading subtitles will be rewarded as they gradually get sucked in by the lush cinematography and a first-class, heartfelt story.
- This is an achingly gorgeous film of great eloquence and simplicity.
My Rating: 4.4/5
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