Rent Mountains May Depart (2015)

3.3 of 5 from 95 ratings
2h 6min
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Synopsis:
Jia Zhangke's eighth feature is an intimate yet epic drama spanning several decades which charts the impact of China's move towards capitalism on the lives of one family. Divided into three parts (set in 1999, 2014 and Australia in 2025), 'Mountains May Depart' follows the life of Shen Tao (played by Jia's regular collaborator Zhao Tao) and her family through 26 tumultuous years. Perhaps his most ambitious film yet, Jia's film is an astute, humane study of how the emergent culture of capitalist materialism and the forces of globalisation have impacted on Chinese society and family life.
Actors:
, , , , , , , Russell Lambe, , Zishan Rong, Anna Sasson, Yee Yang
Directors:
Producers:
Shôzô Ichiyama, Zhangke Jia, Nathanaël Karmitz, Shiyu Liu, Zhong-Lun Ren
Writers:
Zhangke Jia
Others:
Jia Zhang-ke
Aka:
Shan He Gu Ren
Studio:
Arrow Academy
Genres:
Classics, Drama, Romance
Countries:
China, Classics, Drama, Romance
BBFC:
Release Date:
29/01/2018
Run Time:
126 minutes
Aspect Ratio:
Mixed
Colour:
Colour
Languages:
English, Mandarin
Subtitles:
English
Bonus:
  • Introduction by Tony Rayns
  • Jia Zhangke Interviewed at the New York Film Festival' the director talks about Mountains May Depart and more in this extensive interview filmed in 2015
  • The Hedonists (2016), a visually sumptuous short film satire directed by Jia Zhangke
  • Original Trailer
BBFC:
Release Date:
29/01/2018
Run Time:
126 minutes
Aspect Ratio:
Mixed
Colour:
Colour
Languages:
English, Mandarin
Subtitles:
English
Bonus:
  • Introduction by Tony Rayns
  • Jia Zhangke Interviewed at the New York Film Festival' the director talks about Mountains May Depart and more in this extensive interview filmed in 2015
  • The Hedonists (2016), a visually sumptuous short film satire directed by Jia Zhangke
  • Original Trailer

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Reviews (2) of Mountains May Depart

Potentially great film crashes and burns in the final third - Mountains May Depart review by LC

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I found this a frustrating experience. Divided into three clear sections, this film follows the effects of a love triangle throughout the years. The first two parts set in China are wonderful - moving, subtle human drama, well acted and with gorgeous cinematography. Sadly however, the final segment sees a switch to English language as we jump to near-future Australia, and suddenly it's all awkward, stilted dialogue, bad acting and unconvincing aging makeup. What a shame.

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

A muddle - Mountains May Depart review by JG

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A muddled film. It attempts a grand historical sweep, but founders on unsimpathetic characters and poor scripting. The lead is so self obsessed it’s almost unbearable...

0 out of 0 members found this review helpful.

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