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Raining in the Mountain (1979)
"Kong shan ling yu" (original title)

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An esquire and a General eyes a priceless handwritten scroll by Tripitaka, held in a Temple library. The Abbot of the Temple selects his successor.

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Cast

Credited cast:
Feng Hsu
Yueh Sun
Chun Shih
Feng Tien
Hui Lou Chen
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Hui Ssu
Su Han
Wen Tai Li
Lin Tung
Kuang Yu Wang
Chia-hsiang Wu
Ming-tsai Wu
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An esquire brings a female thief and his bailiff to search out a priceless handwritten scroll by Tripitaka, in a temple at the mountains. Meanwhile, a General and his lieutenant arrives for the same reason. Both of them are invited to help advise the ailing Abbot of his successor. The esquire and the General supports a different senior disciple. Written by Anonymous

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11 July 1979 (Hong Kong)  »

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Kong shan ling yu  »

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A rare treat
21 April 2009 | by See all my reviews

If there is any doubt that King Hu is one of the few great Chinese directors, this film should allay any remaining suspicions. "Raining in the Mountain" is shot in sumptuous widescreen (2.35:1) and the framing resembles a pictorial Chinese scroll. An esquire and a general both want to lay their hands on a priceless handwritten scroll by Tripitaka, which is locked up in the library of a temple in the mountains. At the same time, the ailing Abbot of the Temple looks for a successor. This film is impeccably shot and recalls the great Eastern directors; Hu's use of mise-en-scene resembles Mizoguchi's, while the action sequences are a match for Kurosawa. Yet Hu remains very much his own man. Maybe this film requires some understanding of Buddhism - particularly Chan Buddhism - for a full appreciation ("Time Out" calls it "immaculately made" but "inscrutable"), but for those who don't, you can just enjoy the scenic landscape (shot in Korea) and the unfolding of a plot that involves a theft, countless confrontations and a MacGuffin. Enjoy.


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