You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Zhang back to roots along ‘Riding’ path

Pic shooting in southwest China

SHANGHAI — Turning his back on martial arts, helmer Zhang Yimou is returning to the quieter themes of his earlier work for his latest picture, “Qian li zou dan ji” (Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles), which has started shooting in southwest China.

Zhang’s martial arts epics “Hero” and “House of Flying Daggers” did sterling business at the local box office and worldwide.

In his new pic, set in the 1920s, a Japanese man travels to China with his dying son to learn the local opera of Yunnan Province.

The film stars Japanese vet Ken Takakura (“Poppoya”) as the father and Kiichi Nakai (“Warriors of Heaven and Earth”) as his son. Local interest comes in the form of Beijing Film Academy student Jiang Wen (not to be confused with vet helmer-actor Jiang Wen of “Devils on the Doorstep” fame).

Zhang has a reputation for casting unknown actresses who go on to stardom, notably Gong Li and Zhang Ziyi.

In keeping with his recent films, “Riding” is a Zhang Yimou Studio (China)/Edko Films (Hong Kong) production, in association with Beijing New Picture Film Co. Budget is reported to be around 60 million yuan ($7 million), though a spokesman could not confirm this.

More Film

  • Downton Abbey Finale Preview: Why the

    'Downton Abbey' Movie Gets 2019 Release Date

    SHANGHAI — Turning his back on martial arts, helmer Zhang Yimou is returning to the quieter themes of his earlier work for his latest picture, “Qian li zou dan ji” (Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles), which has started shooting in southwest China. Zhang’s martial arts epics “Hero” and “House of Flying Daggers” did sterling […]

  • Kevin Feige

    Marvel Chief Kevin Feige to Be Honored by BAFTA Los Angeles

    SHANGHAI — Turning his back on martial arts, helmer Zhang Yimou is returning to the quieter themes of his earlier work for his latest picture, “Qian li zou dan ji” (Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles), which has started shooting in southwest China. Zhang’s martial arts epics “Hero” and “House of Flying Daggers” did sterling […]

  • The Reason I Jump

    'The Reason I Jump' Autism Movie in Development at Paul Allen's Vulcan

    SHANGHAI — Turning his back on martial arts, helmer Zhang Yimou is returning to the quieter themes of his earlier work for his latest picture, “Qian li zou dan ji” (Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles), which has started shooting in southwest China. Zhang’s martial arts epics “Hero” and “House of Flying Daggers” did sterling […]

  • Screen Media Buys Horror Film 'Luz'

    Screen Media Buys Horror Film 'Luz' for 2019 Release (EXCLUSIVE)

    SHANGHAI — Turning his back on martial arts, helmer Zhang Yimou is returning to the quieter themes of his earlier work for his latest picture, “Qian li zou dan ji” (Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles), which has started shooting in southwest China. Zhang’s martial arts epics “Hero” and “House of Flying Daggers” did sterling […]

  • Bob Bakish: Viacom Is 'Very Well-Positioned'

    Bob Bakish Says Viacom Is 'Very Well-Positioned' in a World of Media Mergers

    SHANGHAI — Turning his back on martial arts, helmer Zhang Yimou is returning to the quieter themes of his earlier work for his latest picture, “Qian li zou dan ji” (Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles), which has started shooting in southwest China. Zhang’s martial arts epics “Hero” and “House of Flying Daggers” did sterling […]

  • Egyptian director A.B Shawky poses during

    'Yomeddine' Director A.B. Shawky to Receive Variety MENA Talent of the Year Award

    SHANGHAI — Turning his back on martial arts, helmer Zhang Yimou is returning to the quieter themes of his earlier work for his latest picture, “Qian li zou dan ji” (Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles), which has started shooting in southwest China. Zhang’s martial arts epics “Hero” and “House of Flying Daggers” did sterling […]

  • 'Capernaum' Selected by Lebanon for Foreign-Language

    Nadine Labaki's 'Capernaum' Selected by Lebanon for Foreign-Language Oscar Race

    SHANGHAI — Turning his back on martial arts, helmer Zhang Yimou is returning to the quieter themes of his earlier work for his latest picture, “Qian li zou dan ji” (Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles), which has started shooting in southwest China. Zhang’s martial arts epics “Hero” and “House of Flying Daggers” did sterling […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content