The Road Not Taken 2018
Wei ze zhi lu (original title)
1h 53min | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 21 September 2018 (USA)
In the depths of western China’s Gobi Desert, Yong (Wang Xuebing) operates a dilapidated ostrich farm, which is the last throw of the dice for him as he tries to win back his ex-wife and repair his life. One day, Mr. Wu (Wang Xufeng) comes looking for a debt to be repaid. When Yong can’t come up with the money, Wu leaves a lonely little boy (Zhu Gengyou) behind, telling Yong to look after him. Suspecting his ex-wife might be considering another marriage, Yong can only take the boy along as he goes to find her. In three days crossing the Gobi, they meet a sad and depressed female trucker Mei (Ma YiLi), and the three lonely people become a pseudo-family.More people join the action and the relationship between Yong and the boy is constantly tested and evolving over this journey. In the end, through these series of random encounters, every person embarks on their own path of no return.
Worth watching just for the cultural & physical environment of seeing life in western China’s Gobi desert. Interesting twists on three quite different lives merging & then separating on to their individual journey’s conclusions. The only part that seemed like a standard plot hook was the overly imaginative encounter w/criminal money lenders.
Director: Gaopeng Tang
Writers: Zheqing Duan, Gaopeng Tang
Stars: Xuebing Wang, Gengyou Zhu, Yili Ma
Release Date: 21 September 2018 (USA)
Also Known As: The Road Not Taken