Three twenty-something friends live on a remote island in the easternmost part of China. When one of them, a school teacher, is transferred by his employers to the westernmost part of the country, his friends decide to accompany him on the journey. They all have their own motives to leave home and during the trip they will get to know their country and the people that inhabit it, as well as each other and themselves. Director Han Han is one of China's most famous writers, so with only one other IMDb user review thus far, I'm surprised to see this film doesn't have received much more attention. A shame, really, for it's an entertaining road movie, with some quirky characters and fun story developments. Of course, I may have missed a layer or two. Chinese moviegoers may very well view it as a satire of Chinese society. I don't know enough about this fascinating country to be sure about that. The pacing is calm, perhaps a bit boring to some, but the Chinese cityscapes and countryside make for breathtaking visuals at times. Not a great movie, but worth a watch.
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Three men living in the Eastern most island of China go on a road trip to the Western most end of the country, and facing crises of love, friendship, and faith on their journey to the West.
January 15, 2022