Eureka Entertainment are releasing acclaimed director King Hu’s masterpiece Raining in the Mountain, as part of The Masters of Cinema Series in a definitive Dual Format (Blu-ray & DVD) edition on 24th February 2020. Available on DVD and Blu-ray for the first time in the UK, and presented from a new 2K restoration, with the first print-run of 2000 copies featuring a Limited Edition O-card Slipcase. It’s available to order now, direct from Eureka Entertainment or via Amazon.
Set in a remote Buddhist monastery in 16th Century China, “Raining in the Mountain” deals with a power struggle that ensues when the Abbot of the Three Treasures Temple announces his imminent retirement.
The ageing Abbot invites three outsiders to advise him on the critical choice of appointing his successor: Esquire Wen, a wealthy patron of the monastery, General Wang, commander-in-chief of the local military, and Wu Wai, a respected lay Buddhist master.
Within the monastery, several disciples aspiring to the position begin to collude individually with Esquire Wen and General Wang. But these two invited advisers have come with seditious intent, scheming to obtain a priceless scroll housed in the monastery: the hand-written Tripitaka scripture, “The Mahayana Sutra”.
Meanwhile, convicted criminal Chiu Ming has arrived at the monastery to atone as a monk. He is assigned to safeguard the scroll at the house of scriptures, and encounters thieving rivals White Fox who poses as Esquire Wen’s concubine and General Wang’s fearsome Lieutenant Chang, who originally framed Chiu Ming for the crime he did not commit.
Selected as one of the Best 100 Chinese Motion Pictures by the Hong Kong Film Awards in 2005!
Dual Format Special Features:
- Limited Edition O-Card (First print run of 2000 copies only)
- 1080p transfer of the film on Blu-ray, from the Taiwan Film Institute’s 2K restoration / Progressive encode on DVD
- Optional English subtitles
- Original Mandarin audio, fully restored and uncompressed in its original monaural presentation
- Brand new and exclusive feature-length audio commentary by critic and Asian cinema expert Tony Rayns
- Beyond Description – A brand new video essay by David Cairns
- PLUS: a collector’s booklet featuring new essays by Chinese-language film expert and author Stephen Teo; and Asian cinema expert David West, news editor at NEO magazine
This release is an absolute must-have edition for all Asian movie fans!
Lucky Kung Fu Kingdom readers can get their copy for FREE courtesy of our friends at Eureka Entertainment, BUT DO HURRY, COMPETITION ENDS SUNDAY 8TH MARCH 2020!
All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning is “LIKE” the KUNG FU KINGDOM FACEBOOK PAGE, “SHARE” the RAINING IN THE MOUNTAIN COMPETITION POST and WRITE IN THE POST’S COMMENTS section, your answer to the following simple question:
This King Hu-directed classic was selected by the Hong Kong Film Awards as one of the Best 100 Chinese Motion Pictures, but in which year?
Winners will be notified via Facebook message by 23:59GMT/BST Monday 9th March 2020.
- UK entrants only.
- Entrants must be 18 years or over.
- Entry is restricted to one entry per person.
- Multiple and automated entries will be disqualified.
- Winners will be chosen at random from all valid entries.
- Winners will be contacted via email.
- Prize will be sent to winners via UK mainland post only.
- The judge’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
- Competition closes Sunday 8th March 2020.