Raining in the Mountain

空山灵雨



Film Information

Director: King Hu 胡金铨

Cast: Xu Feng 徐枫, Sun Yue 孙越, Tong Lin 佟林

Country: Taiwan 台湾, Hong Kong 香港

Year: 1979

Runtime: 122mins

Rating: PG

Synopsis

San Po monastery is famous for its Mahayana Sutra scroll, handcopied by the monk Tripitaka of the 7th century. The old abbot calls a meeting to decide his successor. He invites General Wang, a wealthy patron, Wen Ann, and Master Wuwai, who is served by many female followers and eats meat, to the meeting. Wang and Wen both covet for the priceless scroll, and each has his plans. Wen brings a female thief, White Fox, disguised as his concubine. Both parties tried to steal the scroll. The abbot chooses the convict, Qiu Ming, as the new abbot, and conferring Qiu as Master Huiming. Wen and white Fox steal the box of the scroll and get away, but are chased by the General staff, and they have vicious fights. Later Wen falls from the cliff and White Fox decides to become a nun. The new abbot burns the original scroll in public and then gives the copied scroll to the public. All that happens point out what is most important in the classics is the spirit, not the scroll.

三宝寺住持智严为传位问题,请来大地主文安,王将军以及由众女弟子服侍、不戒荤素的物外法师共商议见证。文安与王将军另有所图,假扮文安之妻的女飞贼白狐和副官张诚,暗谋盗取传闻中三藏法师留下的“大乘起信论”。众人尔虞我诈之际,老住持却另有盘算,出人意料地将法位传給正在寺内修行的流犯邱明,并赐封法号慧明后,一场盗经搅局的行动从此正式展开。文安、白狐及张诚分别潜入藏经阁及主持室房盗经,你争我夺接着变成了林中的刀剑往来,张诚死于剑下,文安摔落山崖,白狐则在被制伏后,剃度出家。慧明继位,当众烧掉经书原稿秘本,并将抄本大方送人流传,点出了经典重在内文而不在卷本的精神意涵。

Screening

Date: 19 April 2014

Time: 7.00pm

Venue: National Museum of Singapore

With pre-screening introduction by Shih Chun

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