Language: Mandarin (Standard Chinese), Shaanxi dialect
Director: Li Yang
Cast: Huang Lu, Yang You'an, Zhang Yuling, He Yunle, Zhang Youping, Jia Yinggao
Titel: Blind Mountain
Directed by Li Yang
Produced by Li Yang
Li Shan (e.p.)
Alexandra Sun (e.p.)
Written by Li Yang
Starring Huang Lu
Cinematography Lin Jong
Release date(s) 20 May 2007 (Cannes)
Running time 95 minutes
Language Mandarin (standard)
Mandarin (Shaanxi dialect)
Blind Mountain (Chinese: 盲山; pinyin: Máng shān) is a 2007 Chinese film directed by Li Yang and is Li's first feature film since his 2003 debut Blind Shaft. It is also known as Road Home.
Like Li's previous film, Blind Shaft, which dealt with the notoriously dangerous mining industry, Blind Mountain turns a sharply critical eye towards another one of China's continuing social problems, this time the illegal sex slave trade.
Blind Mountain follows young woman, Bai Xuemei, in the early 1990s who attempts to find work to help pay for her college education. In the process, she is drugged, kidnapped and sold as a bride to a villager in the Qinling Mountains of China's Shaanxi province. Trapped in the fiercely traditional town, the young woman finds that her avenues of escape are all blocked. As she searches for allies, including a young boy, a school teacher and a mailman, she suffers from being raped by her "husband" and continued beatings at the hands of the villagers, her husband, and her husbands' parents.
Huang Lu - Bai Xuemei, the heroine, a young college student
Yang You'an - Huang Degui, a villager who purchases Bai Xuemei
Zhang Yuling - Ding Xiuying, Huang Degui's mother
He Yunie - Huang Decheng, a local teacher and Huang Degui's cousin
Jia Yinggao - Huang Changyi, Huang Degui's father
Zhang Youping- Li Qingshan, a local boy who befriends Bai Xuemei
The film was primarily funded by private, overseas Chinese donors. The cast was primarily non-professional actors with the notable exception of the lead, Huang Lu, who was casted out of the Beijing Film Academy before she even graduated.
Prior to its release, Blind Mountain suffered from nearly 20 state-imposed cuts. This was done in order for the film to be allowed into the Un certain regard competition at Cannes by Chinese officials, as several of the cuts were of scenes that were critical of certain aspects of Chinese society. The Chinese Film Bureau policy also led to Li filming several alternate versions of the film's ending including a more upbeat one specifically for a possible video or dvd release in China.
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