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Raining in the Mountain

Kong shan ling yu
dir. King Hu
Taiwan, Hong Kong 1979, 121’
subtitles: Polish and English

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Polish premiere
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Theatrical Screenings
Fr 17 Nov, 16:00
St 18 Nov, 10:15
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17th November – 19th November
25th November – 26th November
2nd December – 3rd December
Additional Materials
Taiwan, Hong Kong 1979
Duration: 121’
director: King Hu
screenplay: King Hu
cinematography: Henry Chan
editing: King Hu
music: Ng Tai Kong
cast: Feng Hsu, Yueh Sun, Lin Tung, Feng Tien
producer: Ling Chung, Kai-Mu Lo
production: Lo & Hu Company Productions
language: Mandarin
colouration: colour

Film description

At the invitation of a dying abbot, a host of dignified guests arrives at a mountain Buddhist monastery. They are all old friends of the abbot, but their visit has a sinister purpose. Each of them is eyeing a very valuable ancient manuscript held in the monastery. Thus begins a dangerous game of cunning individuals, full of fleeting alliances, betrayals, and lies. In the meantime, the head of the monastery is on a mission to choose his successor.

"Raining in the Mountain" may be one of King Hu's lighter oeuvres, with the labyrinthine monastery becoming the scene for a series of brilliantly portrayed scuffles, but the film is also filled with epic moments, breathtaking shots, and serious reflections on human nature that ensured its place among the most important Chinese productions in history. The film was shot in South Korea, in the stunningly beautiful 8th-century temple Bulguksa and the surrounding forest.

Marcin Krasnowolski

King Hu

Born in Beijing in 1932, grew up surrounded by classical Chinese painting and literature. At the age of 18, he moved to Hong Kong to create advertising posters, then went on to work for the famous Shaw Brothers Studio. After the success of "Come Drink With Me," a film that revolutionized the genre of wuxia, he moved to Taiwan to shoot "Dragon Inn," which enjoyed an enthusiastic reception. His next film, "A Touch of Zen," took three years to make and is widely considered to be his masterpiece. Hu's subsequent productions, shot in various locations including South Korea, form part of the ambitious wuxia canon but remain fairly unknown outside of Asia. King Hu is regarded as the visionary of action cinema who created the trends that remain present in mainstream productions to this day.


1966 Napij się ze mną / Da zui xia / Come Drink with me

1967 Dragon Inn / Long meh kezhan / Dragon Gate Inn

1971 Dotyk zen / Xia nu / A Touch of Zen

1973 Ying chun gez hi / The Fate of Lee Khan

1979 Deszcz w górach / Kong shan ling yu / Raining in the Mountain

1979 Legenda gór / Shan zhong zhuan qi / Legend of the Mountain

1983 Koło życia / Da lunhui / The Wheel of Life (jedna z nowel)

1993 Hua pi zhi: Yin yang fa wang / Painted Skin

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