Legend of the Mountain

山中传奇



Film Information

Director: King Hu 胡金铨

Cast: Xu Feng 徐枫, Sylvia Chang 张艾嘉,Shih Jun 石隽

Country: Taiwan 台湾

Year: 1979

Runtime: 184mins

Rating: PG

Awards: Won Best Cinematography, Best Director, Best Art Direction & Best Music in Golden Horse Film Festival 1979 获1979年金马奖最佳摄影、最佳导演、最佳美术指导和最佳配乐

Synopsis

The film is adapted from a ghost story written in Song Dynasty. Legend of the Mountain and Raining in the Mountain were shot at the same time. Most of the cast play in both films, but for the leading characters, Sylvia Chang only plays in this film.

A young scholar, He, visits an old monk in the mountain and is asked to copy a sutra to redeem the wandering souls. On his way of traveling to a friend’s residence, he falls asleep. When he arrives, he meets a woman, Melody, and her mother. He is fascinated by Melody and marries her. It turns out Melody and her mother are ghosts, trying to steal the hand-copied sutra. A lama comes to rescue He, yet he is defeated by Melody’s black magic. Then He meets another beautiful girl, Cloud. After that he becomes involved in several conflicts, the magic power struggle between the monk and ghost; the love and infatuation between man and ghost; and the jealously and struggle between good ghost and bad ghost. In the end, everything disappears. It turns out all women and his friends are ghosts.

由“宋人话本”中的“西山一窟鬼”改编而成。《山中传奇》与《空山灵雨》同时期拍摄,多数演员两边轧戏,但张艾嘉只主演本片。

书生何云青受海印寺法圆上人之託,抄写“大手印”经以超度亡灵。因为抄写佛经需要清幽静心的环境,和尚推介云青至其好友崔鸿至居住的边城工作,抵达目的地后怪事接连发生,热心邻人王妈妈设宴洗尘,安排女儿乐娘拜云青为师并演出乐曲;一夜宿醉醒来,云青发现乐娘同处房中,泣诉两人已非寻常关系,于是答应娶其为妻。原来王氏母女乃阴间厉鬼,等着偷取何云青抄完的经书,当地番僧试图阻扰,但不敌乐娘妖术,于是与道长联手。何云青与崔鸿至赶集途中结识另一对鬼母女莊夫人及依云后,从此夹陷在僧道与鬼魂的角力斗法、人鬼之间的爱恋迷情、厉鬼与善鬼之间的嫉妒争执等多角关系之中,剧情发展到最后,一切梦幻泡影终归烟消云散,原来所有多情种种,竟是西山一窟鬼罢了。

Screening

Date: 20 April 2014

Time: 7.00pm

Venue: National Museum of Singapore

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