The film portrays a lengthy Buddhist pilgrimage across Tibet, the pilgrims kowtowing every few feet on a variety of hard and rough surfaces. I was reminded of Ataranjuat in terms of the commitment of the actors - they really did this. There is so little added drama that it plays like a documentary for much (though not all) of its running time. The meditative pace and the scenery were enveloping. Quite informative.
This film really emphasized the intimacy of every day aspects of Buddhism. Zhang Yang expounded of the religion and what it entails by depicting the pilgrimage to Lhasa. The cold, desolate setting added volume to the themes of sacrifice, hardship, and altruistic coping. The director also used subtle but exceptional dolly shots and pan shots to remind us of the resplendent landscape of rural China.
Not many movies make your knees and bach ache, but this one can. This is a movie about a group of very tough and humble people who won't give up on the way to their formidable goal. The lighting and of course the landscape - when we get to see above the road - are beautiful. The pacing, which is slow because it has to be, seems right.
This movie is a long journey... much like the people in the movie who go on an incredibly long pilgrimage It goes on for long shots of the pilgrims walking and kow-towing. It's very serene and almost ceremonial, and EXTREMELY beautiful to watch. So many lovely shots of the country, landscapes and unique views of this land. It's a meditative watch... almost spiritual in itself.
This film exhibits a long slow period that shows a pilgrimage and a journey of struggle, This flm shows bravery and dedication as tibiten citizens walk down highway 318 for 1200 miles to show the buddhist devotion. The theme of this film is basically spirtual reconstruction. It shows how the people come together on this journey during this long harsh winter. The experience of this film is warm, sensational and rich
Taking part at this pilgrimage is a fascinating and sometimes meditative experience, underlined by the changing landscape during the months of the journey. Some shots are spectacular. Zhang Yang's way of being near to the persons without disturbing their daily routine is very intriguing.