TRAIL OF THE PANDA * (Theatrical Release USA 2009)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.6|5.0 Stars ììì

Trail of the Panda
wins the gold star because of its exotic scenery; true-to-life portrayal of rural life; and its simple, realistic, and unaffected understanding of basic human emotion. It’s presented in the Chinese language with English subtitles which, interestingly, adds to the viewer’s ability to absorb the film’s impact at a deeper level. Scientist (Feng Li) hires Stableman (Liu Chang) to capture a Panda cub. They find a female Panda with two cubs and attempt to capture one cub. The cub flees and the two men attempt to trail it but are forced to abandon the search due to heavy Chinese wilderness rainfall. The Panda cub tries to climb a small hill; but, trips on slippery, wet weeds and falls to the bottom of the hill and knocks himself unconscious on a thin rock. The stableman’s adopted boy, Lu (Daichi Harashima), finds the Panda the next morning, rescues it, and hides it away from the two men. The rest of the story revolves around the developing attachment between Lu and the Panda and the resolution of the Panda’s fate.

Film Poster Courtesy of Wikipedia

Additional Thanks

Really Good Work for Zhong Yu. Thank you to Executive Producer Christopher J. Brough for making the film possible. Additional characters include: Lu as an Adult (Yu Zhaong), Lu (voice of Yu Xin Sun), Narrator (Ke Qi Jian), Chen (Qi Zhang), and Scientist (voice of Matthew Yang King).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. Simple and somewhat a good watch.

* Also known as Touch of the Panda or Xiong mao hui jia lu

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