This May, Kino Lorber will be releasing a 4K restoration Blu-ray of Legend Of The Mountain, a 1979 wuxia thriller directed by King Hu (Come Drink With Me, A Touch of Zen).
This restoration will be of the definitive 4K director’s cut, clocking in at three hours. The film’s U.S. release began back February at the Metrograph theater in New York City, with showings rolling out across the country after that.
We have the trailer for that restoration of Legend Of The Mountain below:
A traveling 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 color, light and landscape. King Hu rose to prominence in the 1960s and 70s as a superb director of wuxia, a prevalent genre in Chinese-language film and literature built on ancient lore of 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 scenes, 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.
Here is the full rundown of the new Blu-Ray’s special features:
- Interview with film critic Tony Rayns
- Video essay by film critic Travis Crawford
- Booklet essay by writer and programmer Grady Hendrix
“Hu, a master of the wuxia swordplay subgenre of martial arts cinema, is perhaps best known for Come Drink with Me, Dragon Gate Inn, and A Touch of Zen. For his late-period Legend of the Mountain, Hu turned instead to a supernatural fable set during the 11th-century Sung Dynasty, drawing upon Pu Songling’s classic 18th-century collection Stories from a Chinese Studio and filming independently on location in the South Korean countryside. A scholar-errant, tasked with translating and safeguarding a Buddhist sutra involving the afterlife, loses his grasp of space and time as he wanders through a strange, haunting mountain landscape. Along the way, he encounters temptress ghosts and Taoist priests, ancient abandoned fortresses and inns, and a delirium of color, sound, and silence.” – Museum of Modern Art
Legend of the Mountain stars Shih Chun (A Touch of Zen), Hsu Feng (The Eight Escorts), Sylvia Chang (Office, Slaughter in San Francisco), Tien Feng (Monk’s Fight), Chan Wai Lau (The Fearless Hyena), Suen Yuet (City on Fire), Ng Ming-Choi (Thunderbolt Fist) and Jeon Shook (The Killer Meteors).
Legend Of The Mountain hits Blu-Ray from Kino Lorber on May 1st.
Images: Kino Lorber