Legend of the Mountain (Kino Classics, Blu-ray & DVD)
Newly restored in 4K!
Blu-ray and DVD Street Date: May 1, 2018
Blu-ray SRP: $29.95
DVD SRP: $19.95

Director: King Hu
Starring: Chun Shih, Feng Hsu, Sylvia Chang

1979 / Fantasy/Horror/Mystery / In Mandarin with English subtitles / 191 min / NR / Color


In King Hu’s masterpiece Legend of the Mountain, a traveling scholar is tasked with translating a Buddhist sutra said to have immense power over the spirits of the afterlife. During his research he loses his way in the mountains, encountering ghostly presences amid a haunting fantasia of color, light and landscape. King Hu rose to prominence in the 1960s and ’70s as a superb director of wuxia films (A Touch of Zen), a popular Chinese action genre of swords, sorcery and chivalrous heroes. Legend of the Mountain comes from the director’s late period, when his visual artistry was at the height of its powers. The film’s astonishing nature scenes, shot on location in the Korean countryside, are reminiscent of Terrence Malick, while the reflective blend of myth and history is all Hu’s own.

Special Features:

  • Booklet essay by Novelist Grady Hendrix
  • Interview with Film Critic Tony Rayns
  • Video essay by Film Critic Travis Crawford
  • Photo Gallery
  • Trailer