7th June 2025 // Raining in the Mountain

RAINING IN THE MOUNTAIN (CERT. 12)
TAIWAN-HONG KONG 1979 DIRECTED BY KING HU
COLOUR 120 MINS
WITH: FENG HSU, CHANG-KEN CHIN

Intrigue is rife at a Ming-era Buddhist monastery, with some monks wanting to
succeed the retiring abbot and some interlopers trying to steal a precious scroll.
A fine late work from the director of A Touch of Zen.

‘Spectacular, exhilarating entertainment.’ – New York Times

‘A simple story, masterfully told.’ – Time Out

‘The approach is visually rich and complex but also very musical in its microstructure.’ –
The Arts Desk

‘A remarkably photographed caper-heist featuring intriguing battles of wits and minds.’ –
Far Eastern Film Festival

‘The peak of King Hu’s infusion of Buddhist spiritual principles into the legacy of martialarts
cinema.’ – Film Movement

‘King Hu needs to be recognised as one of the most highly original film-makers of the
1960s and 1970s, with artistry that has less to do with story-telling and more with aspects of
film form and style.’ – Offscreen

‘Hu’s observational eye remains unmatched.’ – David Bordwell