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82 Ratings

Legend of the Mountain

Shan zhong zhuan qi

Directed by King Hu
Taiwan, Hong Kong, 1979
Fantasy, Adventure, Horror


A traveling scholar, Mr. Ho, is assigned the task of translating a special sutra for a ceremony honoring deceased soldiers. Needing a place to concentrate while he works, he is sent to a fort to be hosted by a Mr. Tsui, the secretary to the general of the fort.

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Legend of the Mountain Directed by King Hu

Awards & Festivals

Golden Horse Film Festival

1979 | 5 wins including: Best Director

1979 | 2nd place: Best Feature Film

The magical effects here are a marvel of low-budget ingenuity, a matter of soundtrack and rhythmic cutting, with an occasional trampoline-aided leap and musical instruments which, when thrown, burst into explosions of colored smoke.
February 01, 2018
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Filled with lovely natural landscapes that have been meticulously framed and photographed, “Legend of the Mountain” is often a visual ravishment. . . . There’s a mesmerizing appeal to many of its panoramas, with their variegated colors, dense vegetation and drifting, swirling white mist. And while King Hu certainly likes to move the camera — it sweeps, swoops and sometime breaks into a near-run — he also likes to linger on images as if encouraging you to admire their compositional harmony.
February 01, 2018
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In Hu’s worldview, all things are connected by the ineffable. . . . The film reflects this view: It operates with unexplained tension, never bothering to really explain its plot or tie up loose ends, and it’s crafted with logical filmmaking techniques. Hu finds the connection between the wuxia and Buddhism, sex and nature, cinema and life. He seems constantly amazed by the world around him, always observing and learning.
January 28, 2018
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