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Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles (千里走单骑)

February 9, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm


Knox 4, UB North Campus
Global Cinemaspectives film screening, sponsored by UB Office of International Student and Scholar Services, in conjunction with the Confucius Institute Chinese Language Club

Introduction and discussion led by the Confucius Institute Associate Director, Huadong (Mark) Yin

In Chinese and Japanese with English subtitles

Directed by Zhang Yimou

Written by Zou Jingzhi, the film tells the story of Gouichi Takata, an aged Japanese father who, ever since his wife died, has not been on good terms with his son. When he learns that his son has been diagnosed with liver cancer, he decides to travel to Yunnan province in China to film Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles, a traditional performance in the local nuo opera (傩戏), of which his son is a leading scholar. The father 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.


February 9, 2018
5:00 pm - 7:30 pm


14 Knox Hall
University at Buffalo, North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260 United States
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