Blind Mountain

Critics Consensus

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



Total Count: 23


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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.


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) | Fresh (20) | Rotten (3)

  • 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.

    Jul 11, 2008 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • [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.

    Jun 19, 2008 | Rating: 3/4
  • This is a resolutely tough-minded, beautifully crafted film so compelling as to make bearable watching the nearly unbearable.

    Apr 25, 2008 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.'

    Mar 13, 2008 | Rating: B-

    Noel Murray

    AV Club
    Top Critic
  • Even trimmed, the film is a stinging and frightening indictment of mainland China.

    Mar 12, 2008 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Blind Mountain, the second feature from Li Yang, is a reminder that art sometimes keeps the truth alive far better than the news.

    Mar 12, 2008 | Rating: 4/5

Audience Reviews for Blind Mountain

  • Nov 30, 2011
    Bravo, China! Once again, its film industry condemns injustices with a wide open mouth, abruptly sending the executors of their own human laws to hell. It's the topic the one that matters much more than the technical aspects (even visually, though the photography is great). Yang Li: one more name to be added to the list of audacious directors. 97/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer
  • Mar 16, 2009
    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 S Super Reviewer

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