By Yu LI


Drama - Completed 2010

Buddha Mountain is a soliloquy on the parameters of life and death, the conditions that define love, and the conflict between parental expectations and the desire of grown children for independence and personal autonomy.

    • Year of production
    • 2010
    • Genres
    • Drama, Romance
    • Countries
    • CHINA
    • Languages
    • Duration
    • 101 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Yu LI
    • Writer(s)
    • Yu LI, Li FANG
    • Producer(s)
    • Li FANG (Laurel Films)
    • Synopsis
    • Three friends, Ding Bo, Nan Feng, and Fatso have finished school but have gone against parental pressure, refusing to write university entrance exams to continue their educations, resulting in disapproval and strife. Restless to start their own lives, independent from that of family, they decide to leave their parents’ homes, and look for work in the city of Chengdu. The friends rent rooms in the home of the former Peking Opera singer, Chang Yue Qin.
      As the narrative unfolds, past secrets in Master Chang’s life are uncovered by the three friends, and are catalyst to unexpected events and personal growth. These events lead to an increasing understanding between the four, ultimately offering the possibility of acceptance and movement toward individual destinies.
      Through the metaphors of travel, natural destruction and natural beauty, the film questions the social parameters of love and destiny, and offers the possibility of an individual to control and dictate his or her own future. Drawing upon the Practice of Buddha, Buddha Mountain does not attempt to provide answers, but instead leaves the viewer to speculate upon these thoughts for him or herself.