Set in a remote Buddhist monastery in 16th Century China, Raining in the Mountain deals with a power struggle that ensues when the Abbot of the Three Treasures Temple announces his retirement. His leading disciples become rivals and form alliances with the Abbot’s visiting secular advisors. When a prisoner who has chosen priesthood over exile arrives at the monastery, his special qualities of spirit and intelligence gradually point to him as the surprising choice for successor—and the focus of all the rivaling contenders. Writing for the Berlin Film Festival, King Hu explains his choice of subject matter: “I am not a Buddhist…but I do have a keen interest in the history of Buddhism and in observing the psychology of Buddhist monks. A Buddhist temple presents a microcosm of the human world. I am particularly fascinated by the struggle in the mind of monks: between sublimity and human weaknesses, between the renunciation of, and attachment to, the outside world.” Raining in the Mountain displays the masterful, breathtaking fighting scenes for which King Hu is famous; Hu notes, however, that “these scenes are to be understood as expressions in the form of dance, not as blatant violence.” —BAM/PFA
King Hu (traditional Chinese: 胡金銓; simplified Chinese: 胡金铨; pinyin: Hú Jīnquán, April 29, 1931 – January 14, 1997) was a Hong Kong and Taiwan-based Chinese film director whose Wuxia films brought Chinese cinema to new technical and artistic heights. It was his films Come Drink With Me (大醉侠, 1966) and Dragon Gate Inn (龍門客棧, 1967) which inaugurated a new generation of wuxia films in the late 1960s. He is also a noted scriptwriter and set designer.
Hu was born in Beijing to a line of well-established Mandarin family originated from Da Ming, Hebei. His grandfather was the governor of Henan in late Qing Dynasty. He emigrated to Hong Kong in 1949.
After moving to Hong Kong, Hu worked in a variety of occupations, such as advertising consultant, artistic designer and producer for a number of media companies, as well as a part-time English tutor. In 1958 he joined the Shaw Brothers Studio as set decorator, actor, scriptwriter and assistant director. Under the influence of Taiwanese… read more