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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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.
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).