Mountains may depart

Mountains may depart

DVD - 2015 | Chinese
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At once an intimate drama and a decades-spanning epic that leaps from the recent past to the present to the speculative near-future, Jia's new film is an intensely moving study of how China's economic boom and the culture of materialism it has spawned has affected the bonds of family, tradition, and love.
Publisher: New York, New York : Kino Lorber, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2015
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (126 minutes) : sound, colour ; 4 3/4 inches
video file,DVD video,region 1,rda
digital,optical,surround,Dolby Digital 5.1,rda
Alternative Title: Shan he gu ren

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tuan_canada
Jul 22, 2017

It's supposed to be about karma, but the movie itself is quite boring.

d2013 May 15, 2017

Great film by Jia Zhangke, very moving!

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empbee
Apr 21, 2017

The lives of three plus ordinary people. Nothing spectacular in the story or in the performance.

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jimg2000
Nov 28, 2016

AKA "Mountains May Depart (山河故人)" - Film began in 1999 Fenyang (汾阳市) China as an exuberant young woman must chose to marry one of her childhood friends, one industrious or an unambitious admirer. Fast forward to 2015 and finally to 2025, besides big changes in China at large, so did the lives of the three antagonist. Unusual epic that projected the more extreme dislocations to the families and particularly children of those with single minded pursuit on wealth and foreign ideologies, not unlike some lost children of immigrants to Canada or USA as depicted in the recent film "北京遇上西雅圖之不二情書 = Book of love 2016." Personally, I enjoyed Jai's "A Touch of Sin (天註定2013)" more, that has similar social elements but more ubiquitous in China.

Peruse the companion booklet on insights to the film in "Summary."

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eliasmerkins
Oct 24, 2016

This is a fantastic movie about...life. It really doesn't matter the place, the people...is about human nature. I liked it a lot!

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jimg2000
Nov 28, 2016

This song sung in Cantonese by 葉蒨文 Sally Yeh was played in the film several times for good reasons:

珍重 ( 贾樟柯電影「山河故人」插曲)
作詞:潘偉源
作曲:王文清

*突然地沉默了的空氣
停在途上令人又再回望你
沾濕雙眼漸紅 難藏熱暖及痛悲
多年情 不知怎說起

在何地仍熱切關心你
無盡長夜為陪伴我懷念你
他方天氣漸涼 前途或有白雪飛
假如能 不想別離你

不肯不可不忍不捨失去你
盼望世事總可有轉機
牽手握手分手揮手講再見
縱在兩地一生也等你*

(**重唱)

不肯不可不忍不捨失去你
盼望世事總可有轉機
牽手握手分手揮手講再見
縱在兩地一生也等你
縱在兩地一生也等你

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jimg2000
Nov 28, 2016

Look, there's the Twelve Apostles. When I first came, there were eight. Now... there's only three.
(From wiki: The Twelve Apostles is a collection of limestone stacks off the shore of the Port Campbell National Park, by the Great Ocean Road in Victoria, Australia. Their proximity to one another has made the site a popular tourist attraction. Currently there are eight apostles left, the ninth stack having collapsed dramatically in July 2005."
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Time doesn't changed every thing. That's what it has taught me.
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Our hometown is Fenyang, by Dragon's Gate.
Famed for our mountains and rivers.
A purple haze rises from Wenfeng pagoda
We step proudly into the new century!
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I don't believe in reincarnation. Live's just repeat itself. That's why you find it familiar.
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You know the hardest thing, about love is caring. I guess we have to feel the pain to know that we're in love.

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jimg2000
Nov 28, 2016

Summary:

With Mountains May Depart, Jia Zhang-ke turns his powers of social observation inward, shifting subjects from the physical migrations in contemporary China to the inner emotional complexities arising from the decades following the nation’s great Cultural Reform. With rare intimacy, the filmmaker’s first foray into melodrama reveals the yearnings, melancholy, and indignations of China’s new secret heart.

Comprised of three vignettes set in 1999, 2015, and 2025, Mountains May Depart tracks the lives of childhood friends from Jia’s native Shaanxi—singer-dancer Shen Tao (in one of Zhao Tao’s most tremendous performances), brash young capitalist Zhang (Zhang Yi), and poor mineworker Liangzi (Liang Jin Dong). Each grapples with unfamiliar feelings of loneliness and isolation brought on by the pressure to survive in the nation’s ever forward-thrusting milieu of industrial, technological, and economic progress. In her pursuit of a better life, Tao has to choose between her two loves. But her decision to marry Zhang ruptures the trio’s friendship, and eventually leads to a divorce that forces her to part with her only son Dollar (Dong Zijian) when he moves, first to Shanghai and then to Melbourne with his father.

Full text of companion booklet:
http://www.filmcomment.com/blog/interview-jia-zhang-ke-mountains-may-depart/

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