Blind Mountain (2007)
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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Critic Reviews for Blind Mountain
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.
[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.
This is a resolutely tough-minded, beautifully crafted film so compelling as to make bearable watching the nearly unbearable.
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.'
Even trimmed, the film is a stinging and frightening indictment of mainland China.
Blind Mountain, the second feature from Li Yang, is a reminder that art sometimes keeps the truth alive far better than the news.
Audience Reviews for Blind Mountain
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.
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..
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,
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