Gou-ichi Takata, 'Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles'
Ken Takakura plays a Japanese father who shows his love for his
estranged son by completing the son's final project, a filmed version
of a Chinese opera, even though he knows nothing about filming, China,
or opera. We never find out why Gou-ichi's dying son refuses even to
see his father. Gou-ichi himself may not know. But he finds out that
his son had promised to return to China to make a movie about an opera
called "Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles." Gou-ichi's encounters
with an inept interpreter, the opera star (who must be released from
prison so that he can perform), and a little boy from a remote village
help to further illuminate the many facets of fatherhood.