Release year: 2008
Run time: 92 mins
Film type: Fiction
Inspired by a Chinese proverb—“Even if I can accompany you for one thousand miles, finally we must bid farewell”—this film imagines the parting of two friends working on China’s last steam train, in Jalainur, Inner Mongolia. Old Zhu the conductor, has decided to retire early to live with his daughter. His close friend and apprentice, Li Zhizhong, joins him on his final journey. Shot documentary-style with non-professional actors.
Zhao Ye (1979, China) graduated from Beijing Film Academy in 2004. He directed his first short, the animation Cai Wei, in 2004. His début feature Ma Wu Jia (2007) screened at numerous international film festivals and won the Best Picture Award at the China Independent Film Festival.