- Rated: Unrated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 43 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: January 6, 2009
- Originally Released: 2007
- Label: Kino Video
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 1.85
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
- (unspecified) - Mandarin
- Subtitles - English - Optional
Performers, Cast and Crew:
New York Times - 03/12/2008
"[A] reminder that art sometimes keeps the truth alive far better than the news."
Los Angeles Times - 04/25/2008
"[S]hockingly revelatory....This boldly confident film calls attention to how hundreds and thousands of women and children are abducted and sold every year in China."
Film Comment - 01/01/2009
"The film hurtles toward an explosive climax in which neorealist aims collide with lowbrow-thriller satisfactions."
Known for making films that expose the corrupt, seedy underbelly of modern China, director Li Yang found his previous outing, BLIND SHAFT, banned in its native country. Its successor, BLIND MOUNTAIN, shows that he hasn't lost any of his edge. This harrowing drama follows a college student who finds herself kidnapped and sold as a bride.
Description by Kino on Video:
Li Yang, the award-winning Blind Shaft director and "master of cinematic tension" (Screen International), raises the stakes in Blind Mountain, a "resolutely tough minded, beautifully crafted film" (LA Times) of uncompromising intensity. In rural early 90's China, Bai (Lu Huang), a pretty and enterprising college student, travels to a remote, mist shrouded mountain village in the company of a pair of affable strangers. But what Bai thought was an expedition to gather herbs for resale turns into a "true crime shocker" (NY Times) when her fellow travelers sell her into slavery. "This can't be happening!" Bai screams on awakening from a drugged stupor to find herself "married" to a middle-aged pig farmer, and her freedom, identity, and dignity stolen. Yang's "hard-to-shake drama'(NY Times) depicts Bai's horrific ordeal with both gravity and the kind of "stunningly realistic" (New Yorker) detail that emphasizes the authenticity of the all too common predicament that she fights to escape. Contrasting the exotic beauty of its locale and a "very fine lead turn by Lu Huang" (Time Out London) with the cruelty of a system that tolerates human trafficking and a community that thrives on it, Blind Mountain premiered to "a thunderclap of applause and cheers from the audience " (Time) at the Cannes Film Festival.