Screened as part of NZIFF 2008

Blind Mountain 2007

Mang shan

Directed by Li Yang

This searing suspense drama of a young woman tricked into slavery in a country village is a severely critical portrait of China now.

China / Germany / Hong Kong In Mandarin with English subtitles
95 minutes 35mm

Director, Screenplay


Jong Lin


Li Yang
Mary Stephen


Huang Lu
Yang Youan
Zhang Yuling
He Yunle
Jia Yinggao
Zhang Youping


Cannes (Un Certain Regard), Edinburgh 2007


Though it’s set in the early 90s, it is hard not to read Li Yang’s searing suspense drama as a severely critical portrait of China now. With men far outnumbering women, especially in the countryside, brides are a valuable commodity. Con men promise work to lure Bai, a young city woman, into a trap. She wakes up in a drugged stupor to discover she has been sold as a wife to a poor farmer: he is a simpleton, his mother an avid jailer. The beauty of the mountain setting and the friendship of a small boy are all that make her entrapment bearable. Actress Huang Lu, in virtually every frame, captivates us as Bai pries back the layers of complicity in her slavery. Her mixture of naiveté and flinty resistance is both touching and terrifying, making this an edge-of-your-seat thriller of rare force. — BG.