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Postmen in the Mountains
Postmen in the Mountains
Actor: Teng Rujun
Director: Huo Jianqi
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
NR     2004     1hr 30min


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Actor: Teng Rujun
Director: Huo Jianqi
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Family Life
Studio: Facets
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 10/26/2004
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 1hr 30min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 5
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: Cantonese
Subtitles: English

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Movie Reviews

Gorgeous, honest, moving
Jean E. Pouliot | Newburyport, MA United States | 07/23/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

""Father" is a forty-something postman whose bad knees are forcing him to give up his 60-kilometer postal route through the mountains of China. His 20-something son is a natural to take on the job, but does not want to accept the responsibility. He is resentful that his father's job took him away for such long periods. Still, the son consents to accompany his father on his last route. The route is arduous, but stunningly beautiful. Soon, Father and Son, accompanied by Father's faithful dog, are stopping into villages to deliver and pick up mail. Son sees that Father is a local hero, whose work -- bringing news from far away loved ones, knits families. Father and Son attend weddings and speak to the locals, and Son begins to see his father in an entirely different light. In one especially moving scene, the retiring postman reads a letter to a blind grandmother whose grandson is off to the city. The grandson wrote a very unflattering letter, but the postman re-reads it according to sentiments he knows the old woman wants and needs to hear.

The story is simple and moving, and the scenery is lush and wonderful. "Postmen in the Mountains" is a beautiful film that illumines the life of ordinary Chinese as well as the capacity of the human heart for compassion."
Gorgeous Parable of the Transfer of Wisdom through Generatio
Gerard D. Launay | Berkeley, California | 05/14/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This little known film is a beautiful set piece about journeys and wisdom.
An aging post delivery man in rural China has arranged for his growing son to replace him as the rural postmen on a grueling 200 mile route through mountains, lakes, and hills to remote villages in China. Before he allows his son to take the route himself, the older father joins his son to show him the way - not just the route - but the way...such as special tasks that he does for some of the disabled villagers or techniquest to ford cold rivers.

There are many exquisite moments in this film...the reason for the 5 stars...and the father and son learn many new things about each other in this journey of self-discovery. Though subtitled, it is a film for the young and old alike. A very good pick."
Definitely A Keeper
Gerard D. Launay | 01/28/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is my second viewing, and when it was over, I put it right back on the shelf to watch again and again. Most definitely a keeper, which must be why I'm keeping it.

Set in the early 1980s in the Hunan mountains, it's about a father who gives the postal route to his son. 230 miles, 3 days on foot, the shoes look like some crap but are never commented on, a big whacking backpack full of mail, being prepared for all kinds of weather since they do this mess year round. Better them than me, folks. Those isolated places need such postmen, too. Awesome scenery, though. Sitting in the comfort of your own home, watching it on a DVD instead of walking it yourself, you will love it.

In the hands of a gifted filmmaker, a simple tale can be the most powerful. Like here. Dad is an old actor with one of those excellent faces, and he's also a gifted actor. Also, he doesn't have Hollywood teeth, and that's definitely a plus. The son looks a bit young, but young people have that problem. He's more than adequate. The scenery is just awesome. And we also have a lovely German Shepherd on the cover of the DVD, with his lovely smile. He's an integral part of the story, and I love how these folks unashamedly talk to the dog, rely on the dog, hug the dog, kiss the dog. I know people in the US who think I'm a freak for doing that, so I really love seeing it in a Chinese film. And I fell in love with this particular dog, so it's all good.

So what's the movie really about? Life. It's one of those where you chuckle or laugh with tears in your eyes, happy and sad at the same time. Not the sort of thing we think the Chinese are capable of, but that's because we're wrong. They are. It's an excellent film, plain and simple, which is why I'm keeping it. Go get your own copy.

Oh, and since there's a moving scene where the son carries the father across a river on his back, let me interject some mess here. I'm almost old enough to be the father and small enough to buy clothes off the rack in China (barely), and the last time I saw Daddy he weighed almost 300 pounds. Nobody will be carrying nobody across any rivers here. This movie will make you think of all kinds of crap like that.
Postmen in the Mountains
Pei Kang | 08/28/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Chinese with English subtitles. On the surface, a simple story. The father has spent years delivering mail in the mountains, on foot. He's retiring, his son's taking over, and they're almost strangers. In truth, a wonderful look at life in rural China 20 years ago, beautiful scenery, and a timeless tale all parents and their children can relate to. The actor who plays the father is extremely talented and has one of those faces you have to love. Plus we have Buddy, a wonderful old German Shepherd who found a job in movies in China. How cool is that? Definitely a keeper."