Legend of the Mountain

(Taiwan/Hong Kong/1979—directed by King Hu)

A travelling scholar, intent on translating a Buddhist sutra, loses his way in the mountains. He discards his notions of reality as time and space collapse around him, bringing him face-to-face with ghostly visitations and a fantasia of color and light. King Hu (A Touch of Zen) rose to prominence in the 60s and 70s as a visionary director of wuxia, a subgenre of samurai adventures dealing with sorcery and heroes. The new 4K restoration of his Legend of the Mountain shows Hu at the height of his powers; the astonishing glimpses of nature may suggest David Lean, but the reflective blend of myth and jaw-dropping action is uniquely Hu’s. In Mandarin with English subtitles. (184 min.)

“The quintessential wuxia film! An exquisite experience and a must-see.” -Raelyn Giansanti, IndieWire

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