Mountains May Depart

2015, Drama, 2h 12m

84 Reviews 500+ Ratings

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Beautifully filmed, powerfully acted, and rich with meaning, Mountains May Depart represents another outstanding outing from writer/director Zhangke Jia. Read critic reviews

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On the cusp of the capitalist explosion in China, Shen Tao has two suitors-Zhang, an aspiring entrepreneur, and his best friend Liangzi, who works in a coal mine. Shen Tao decides to marry Zhang -- a man with a future.

Cast & Crew

Yi Zhang
Zhang Jinsheng
Han Sanming
L'ami de Liangzi
Patrick Harvey
Train passenger
Yee Yang
Travel Clerk
ZhangKe Jia
Screenwriter
Nathanaël Karmitz
Producer
Shiyu Liu
Producer
Zhong-lun Ren
Producer
Yoshihiro Hanno
Original Music
Nelson Lik-wai Yu
Cinematographer
Matthieu Laclau
Film Editor
Jacqueline Alliss
Casting
Qiang Liu
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Critic Reviews for Mountains May Depart

All Critics (84) | Top Critics (30) | Fresh (76) | Rotten (8)

  • Jia and Yu have, unsurprisingly, made a movie of taciturn eloquence, always sure-footed in negotiating its discursive narrative construction, even as it sometimes wobbles at the level of performance.

    January 3, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Jia remains a major filmmaker, and this film is never less than bold and ambitious.

    December 22, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • This is an extraordinarily beautiful film with lush, occasionally radical cinematography from Nelson Lik-wai Yu, profound things to say about the immigrant experience and a commanding performance from Zhao Tao.

    December 18, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • An intriguing, imperfect beast.

    December 17, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Jia Zhangke's Mountains May Depart might best be described as an intimate epic.

    December 15, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • [Mountains May Depart] is another ambitious and elegiac portrait of societal change and fading Chinese values.

    December 15, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Jia and Yu have, unsurprisingly, made a movie of taciturn eloquence, always sure-footed in negotiating its discursive narrative construction, even as it sometimes wobbles at the level of performance.

    January 3, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Jia remains a major filmmaker, and this film is never less than bold and ambitious.

    December 22, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • This is an extraordinarily beautiful film with lush, occasionally radical cinematography from Nelson Lik-wai Yu, profound things to say about the immigrant experience and a commanding performance from Zhao Tao.

    December 18, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • An intriguing, imperfect beast.

    December 17, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Jia foresees this rootlessness happening for the next generation of Chinese. It's like predisposed collective melancholy that will hit China like tidal waves in the near future. Poignant and sad, Mountains is another great film from the modern master.

    February 14, 2021 | Full Review…
  • Unhappily, Mountains May Depart is not a strong work, aside from the glimpses of the loathsome, gun-toting entrepreneur and the struggling coal miner. The final section in Australia is unconvincing from almost every point of view.

    February 12, 2021 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Mountains May Depart

  • Jan 07, 2018
    A disjointed, cheesy and poorly-acted film that constantly shifts focus between characters (even abandoning them for no reason), with arbitrary leaps in time that make everything seem too superficial and unimportant to work as a look at the lives of common people.
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