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Blind Mountain (2007)

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Critic Consensus: Li's characters are imperfectly drawn, and the film follows a somewhat problematic arc, but Blind Mountain is nonetheless deeply compelling viewing.

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Chinese director Li Yang's meller Blind Mountain unabashedly tackles the issue of white slavery. Lu Huang stars as Bai Xuemei, a student conned by traffickers and sold as a wife to an isolated village. Raped, beaten, and forced into sex slavery, she gains no sympathy from the apathetic locals, who resent her presence. Eventually, help arrives, but such assistance is illusory, and only indicates the beginning of another onslaught of tragedy.

Cast

Lu Huang
as Bai Xuemei
Yang Youan
as Huang Degui
Zhang Yuli
as Ding Xiuying (The Mother)
He Yunle
as Huang Dcheng
Jia Yinggao
as Huang Changyi (The Father)
Zhang Youping
as Li Qingshan

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Critic Reviews for Blind Mountain

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (12)

It's a harsh portrait of a brutal segment of society, only relieved by an occasional handsome landscape shot (filmed in the Shaanxi province) that makes Bai's plight all the more compelling.

Full Review… | July 11, 2008
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

[Director] Li was a documentarian before he switched to feature films with the highly praised 2003 feature Blind Shaft, and it shows in his raw style.

June 19, 2008
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

This is a resolutely tough-minded, beautifully crafted film so compelling as to make bearable watching the nearly unbearable.

Full Review… | April 25, 2008
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

For the second film in a row, [director] Li excoriates the values of an increasingly market-driven China, where people treat their fellows as products to be exploited, and scramble to get an edge on their 'competitors.'

March 13, 2008
AV Club
Top Critic

Even trimmed, the film is a stinging and frightening indictment of mainland China.

Full Review… | March 12, 2008
New York Post
Top Critic

Blind Mountain, the second feature from Li Yang, is a reminder that art sometimes keeps the truth alive far better than the news.

March 12, 2008
New York Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Blind Mountain

½

Chinese director Li Yang has courage to expose social problems in modern-day China. I was impressed by his first feature (Blind Shaft), and this movie is a strong follow-up. While the theme may not sound particularly appealing to Western audiences, make no mistake - this is an excellent movie, with gritty realism, convincing performances (despite featuring mostly non-actors) and a tense plot that keeps you on the edge of your seat. It leaves a haunting impression for days to come.

Gabriel Knight
Gabriel Knight

Second part of an unofficial trilogy by Yang Li,the shadowy prelude is moving into a lavishing tale of filthy spiritual tone!Should I repeat that?Better watch this exploding torture yourselves,the torment of unfair treatment,aye,where the mountains fear to roar..

Dimitris Springer
Dimitris Springer

Super Reviewer

Blind Mountain told a story and presented an issue that is still an on going in some small country sides in China. The complex issues and hard to resolved solution lie underneath the surface of the story, people who watch this film have to dig deep to appreciate the value of this film,

Annie Chen
Annie Chen

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