Fiction

Shan he gu ren

Mountains May Depart
Jia Zhangke
China, Japan, FRA 2015
126min
V'15

China, 1999. Childhood friends Liangzi and Zhang are both in love with Tao, the town beauty. Tao eventually decides to marry the wealthier Zhang. They soon have a son he names Dollar... From China to Australia, the lives, loves, hopes and disillusions of a family over two generations in a society changing at breakneck speed. “I actually thought about setting the ‘2025’ chapter in North America, in a city like Vancouver, Toronto or New York with a large Chinese-immigrant community. I opted for Australia because it’s in the southern hemisphere. Even though it only takes eight hours to fly from Shanghai to Perth, it is still the other side of the planet. The hot summer down-under coincides with China’s deep winter. The huge contrast in seasons gives me a feeling of great distance. The film’s characters exile themselves to a place towards the end of the sky, and it feels almost impossible that they can ever return.” (Jia Zhangke)

Credits
  • Zhao Tao - Tao
  • Sylvia Chang - Mia
  • Zhang Yi - Zhang Jinsheng
  • Liang Jin Dong - Liangzi
  • Dong Zijian - Dollar
  • Jia Zhangke
  • Zhang Yang
  • Yu Lik-Wai
  • Matthieu Laclau
  • Yoshihiro Hanno
  • Liu Qiang
  • Hua Li
Xstream Pictures, Office Kitano, Arte France Cinéma

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