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Raining in the Mountain [Chinese Movie] at Harvard Film Archive

Raining in the Mountain (Gong shan ling yu)

Along with Legend of the Mountain, Raining in the Mountain is one of two films made in South Korea by Hu acting as an independent filmmaker. While not a martial arts film, it looks back to the director’s earlier trilogy of “inn films.” Having used the country inn as a hive of skullduggery, Hu here turns to a Buddhist monastery as his theater of action. While various monks conspire among themselves to succeed the departing abbot, a general and an aristocrat hire competing thieves to steal an ancient sutra hidden in the monastery’s library. Hu skillfully contrasts the ceaseless intriguing, greed and ambition of the characters in the labyrinthine sets with the Buddhist principle of renunciation, represented by the expansive landscapes of the film’s opening and closing.

Directed by King Hu. With Hsu Feng, Sun Yuek, Shih Chun
Taiwan/Hong Kong 1979, 35mm, color, 121 min. The film starts 9:15 pm. Mandarin with English subtitles

Cost $9, ($7 Non-Harvard Students)

Pre-movie Chinese dinner 7:30 pm at Yenching Restaurant (a table booked under Richard's name): 1326 Mass Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138: a 3 min walk from Harvard Sq T station. [masked] The restaurant is almost facing one of the Harvard Yard gates. Bring cash in order to make payments easier. Explore the menu

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Yenching Restaurant Yenching Restaurant

Yenching Restaurant

Ticket info: Tickets for all regular screenings are available 45 minutes before show time at the Cinematheque on the lower level of the Carpenter Center (that means the ticket office is open 45 min before show time). HFA does not sell tickets in advance. I just remembered you cannot buy ticket online. We have to line up to get tickets. I do not think it would be a big line to get tickets for this movie. Showing up around 9 pm should be OK.

Direction:
Harvard Film Archive (the basement of Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts) is right outside the Harvard Yard at Quincy street (across Harvard Yard and exit the Yard at Fog museum under construction) - about a 5 min. walk from Harvard Sq. T (Red Line).

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  • Paula C.

    A surprise and delight. Enjoyed getting acquainted over dinner, and a unique film I'd never have discovered without the group.
    Many thanks to Richard and Andrew

    March 26, 2013

  • Cynthia

    Thank you to the organizers and new meetup friends for a wonderful evening. Loved the set up: an action adventure in a Buddhist Monastery . Happy for no guns or cars crashing. The White Fox, ohhhh, so "scarey..."

    March 23, 2013

  • Kristi

    I apologize for not responding sooner to your message, Richard. I did not get it until mid afternoon. Unfortunately, I could not make the film and I hope to attend another event in the future.

    March 23, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      No worries. We had a lot of fun at dinner and the movie was interesting. See you next time.

      March 23, 2013

  • Janet

    Dinner was great. The movie (cinematography) was absolutely beautiful but could have benefitted from editing at various repetitive points.

    1 · March 23, 2013

  • jonathan

    REALLY ENJOYED MEETING EVERYONE (8) WHO SHOWED UP TO EAT BEFORE THE SHOW. COMFORTABLE THEATER AND QUIRKY CHINESE LANGUAGE MOVIE, BLESSEDLY LIGHT ON THE MARTIAL ARTS AND ANTI-GRAVITY EFFECTS. FLYING MAIDENS OF DOOM WERE IMPRESSIVE, THOUGH!

    March 23, 2013

  • DINESH

    Drew, got late from my car hunt and stuck in traffic on the way home now. Can not make to the movie either :-( Join you guys soon at other event !!

    March 22, 2013

  • Jennifer

    Feeling a bit under the weather. Sorry to miss it!

    March 22, 2013

  • yani

    Thanks Richard. I'll see you there then. A friend of mine decides to tag along for both dinner and movie. If you do not have to time to change the reservation number we could just let the restaurant know when we get there...

    March 22, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I reserved an extra seat so you should be fine

      March 22, 2013

  • Katy

    Movie only. I'll look for the group at the theatre.

    March 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    OK. I'm about to call and finalize the reservation number. I'm clear that Andrew, Janet, Paula, Yani, and Cynthia are coming for dinner. I'm not clear if Kristi, Tiffany, Mariko, Wendy and Duncan are (or anyone else). Please let me know by noon if you are. Thanks.

    March 22, 2013

  • Abhinav

    I'll join you guys for dinner too!

    March 22, 2013

  • Mariko

    Hi I posted on the event website to clarify dinner info: Pre-movie Chinese dinner 7:30 pm at Yenching Restaurant (a table booked under Richard's name): 1326 Mass Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138: a 3 min walk from Harvard Sq T station. [masked] The restaurant is almost facing one of the Harvard Yard gates. Explore the menu
    View Larger Map/Directions

    March 22, 2013

  • DINESH

    Hey, I won't be able to make it to dinner. Will try to join the group at the movie.

    March 21, 2013

  • Jennifer

    I'm planning to go directly to the movie, will see you all there. Thanks!

    March 21, 2013

  • Andrew H.

    Thanks Richard! I'd like to meet you guys for dinner as well. You'll see me holding a meetup sign at the carpenter center starting around 8:45 for anyone coming directly to the movie.

    The Havard Film Archive doesn't take credit cards, so make sure to bring cash for the movie. See you all tomorrow!

    March 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Yani, just ask the manager where Richard's table is. Janet, understood.

    March 21, 2013

  • Janet

    Just to reiterate, I'm coming for dinner, with Paula, so we're two heads.

    March 21, 2013

  • yani

    I'd love to join for dinner at 7:30. This is my first-ever time attending this group's meet-up (or A meet-up)...how should I find you guys? Just wanted to make sure that I don't end up sitting into anther table...

    March 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Okay, I made a reservation but I'll need a head count so if you're coming for dinner at Yenching at 7:30 let me know ASAP. Thanks and looking forward to meeting all of you.

    March 21, 2013

  • Mariam

    I might be cutting it too close for dinner. So I just see you all at the
    movie.

    March 21, 2013

  • Janet

    I think I can say the same on behalf of Paula, so that's one more for the headcount.

    March 21, 2013

  • Janet

    I'm for the Yenching at 7:30 but we probably need a reservation--to avoid a long wait.

    March 21, 2013

  • Cynthia

    Sounds fun. I'd love to join for dinner too. See you tomorrow night!

    March 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Okay, 9 emails later...
    I'm done volunteering at 7 and can get to Yenching for dinner at 7:30. How many people will be joining me?

    March 21, 2013

  • Janet

    The Yenching Restaurant at the corner of Mass Ave. and Holyoke Street, next to the Holyoke Center plaza (with Au Bon Pain) gets better food ratings than the Hong Kong.

    March 19, 2013

  • Kristi

    I am up for dinner.

    March 18, 2013

  • DINESH

    A may be

    March 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'd do dinner if there's a group going.

    March 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Yenching is the better of the two restaurants - consistently good

    March 16, 2013

  • Andrew H.

    Yenching is very good. I haven't tried Hong Kong before, but it sounds like it will be a good fit. I'll make a reservation when we get closer.

    March 7, 2013

  • duncan

    Yenching looks interesting but what about the Hong Kong, this being a Friday night, they have 3 floors & also Scorpion bowls. Hong Kong is very close to the HFA.

    March 7, 2013

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