Another step outside of the wuxia genre, Raining in the Mountain takes us to a Buddhist temple, where outsiders conspire to obtain an ancient and valuable scroll; meanwhile, a young convict gains a pardon in order to enter the priesthood. Unlike previous films which were primarily action-oriented, this film focuses more on a progressive crime-drama plot that gradually escalates towards its climactic end. There are also some familiar elements from King Hu’s previous films. In this shot, White Fox and her master flee from the monks through a large forestScreen Shot 2016-10-28 at 10.56.31 AM.pngscreen-shot-2016-10-28-at-11-37-40-am; we have seen this before, in A Touch of Zen in the bamboo forest scene where Yang and Li fight against the Eastern agency. The scene in which they flee into the mountains is yet another familiar shot that we had seen in A Touch of Zen, where Yang and co. were saved by the monks. I found this film to be highly engaging and the ending satisfying, which is a surprising change of pace as most of King Hu’s films were inconsistent in terms of plot and the climax usually left us with unanswered questions.


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