25 Nov 4:30 pm: Legend of the Mountain
Director: King Hu
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A visually-sumptuous restoration of King Hu’s subtle masterwork, a supernatural tale set during the 11th-century Sung Dynasty. 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 colour, light and landscape.
King Hu rose to prominence in the 1960s and 70s as a superb director of wuxia, a subgenre of samurai film dealing with 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 shots, 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.
Mandarin with English subtitles.
Produced in: Taiwan 1979
Running time: 184 mins