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Legend of the Mountain

Shan zhong zhuan qi
dir. King Hu
Taiwan, Hong Kong 1979, 192’
subtitles: Polish and English

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Polish premiere
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Theatrical Screenings
Su 19 Nov, 10:15
Mo 20 Nov, 16:30
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17th November – 19th November
25th November – 26th November
2nd December – 3rd December
Additional Materials
Awards and festivals
Golden Horse Film Festival 1979 - Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Film Score, Best Sound Recording
Taiwan, Hong Kong 1979
Duration: 192’
director: King Hu
screenplay: King Hu, Ling Chung
cinematography: Henry Chan
editing: King Hu, Siu Nam
music: Wu Ta-chiang
cast: Chun Shih, Feng Hsu, Sylvia Chang
producer: King Hu, Wong Cheuk-hon
production: Feng Nian
language: Mandarin
colouration: colour

Film description

A young disciple named Ho embarks on a journey through landscapes identical to those known from the masterpieces of Chinese painting. He is heading to a mountain fort to copy a Buddhist sutra with the power to control evil spirits. In the fort, he encounters an elderly woman and her beautiful daughter – two mysterious figures with a certain plan in mind for him. Soon, this extraordinary scenery, saturated with the lush colors of nature, will witness a dramatic battle between good and evil.

King Hu shot "The Legend of the Mountain" in South Korea with a team of his favorite actors and frequent collaborators, using motifs from traditional Chinese folk tales. The result is a thriller and a horror story in one and – thanks to the artist's perfectionism – a film of exceptional beauty and expertly crafted action. Five Flavours audiences will be the first in Poland to see this masterpiece, fairly unknown in the country, screened from a restored copy. Let this story draw you in and carry you away!

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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