Legend of the Mountain

In King Hu's late masterpiece, a travelling scholar, intent on translating a Buddhist sutra, loses his way in the mountains. Time and space collapse around him as he continue... Read more

Legend of the Mountain

Directed by King Hu

Year: 1979
Running Time: 184
Color Type: Color
Country: Taiwan, Hong Kong
Language: Mandarin
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Legend of the Mountain

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Directed by King Hu


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A travelling scholar, intent on translating a Buddhist sutra, loses his way in the mountains. Time and space collapse around him as he continues his journey, encountering ghostly visitations amid a haunting fantasia of color, light and landscape. King Hu rose to prominence in the 1960s and 70s as a superb director of wuxia, a prevalent genre in Chinese-language film and literature built on ancient lore of swords, sorcery and chivalrous heroes. Legend of the Mountain comes from the director’s later period, when his artistry, specifically his landscape compositions, was at the height of its powers. The film’s astonishing nature scenes, shot on location in the Korean countryside, are reminiscent of Terrence Malick, while the reflective blend of myth and history is all Hu’s own.

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Cleveland Cinematheque Cleveland 1522641600April 2, 2018
Roxie Theater San Francisco 15223824003/30-4/1
Detroit Institute of Arts Detroit 1522382400March 30 - March 31, 2018
Austin Film Society Austin 1522382400March 30 - April 1, 2018
TIFF Bell Lightbox Toronto 1521864000March 24, 2018
International House Philadelphia 1520658000March 10, 2018
Pittsburgh Filmmakers - Regent Square Pittsburgh 15201396003/4, 3/11, 3/18, 3/25
Northwest Film Forum Seattle 1519880400March 1 - March 4, 2018
Belcourt Theatre Nashville 15189300002/18, 2/21
Wisconsin Cinematheque Madison 1517634000February 3, 2018
Metrograph New York 15175476002/2-2/9, 2/12, 2/15, 2/20-22


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