Mountains May Depart

Dir: Jia Zhang-ke

China / France / Japan


131 mins


Mountains May Depart is the new film from Chinese auteur Jia Zhang-ke (Still Life, 24 City, A Touch of Sin), screened at Cannes and LFF last year. Typically ambitious, it offers a treatise on the perils of ‘going west’ (the Pet Shop Boys’ track opens the film) and the losses – both for individuals and as a country, and both contemporary and potential – for China in blindly embracing capitalism.

Zhao Tao (Zhang-ke’s wife and frequent collaborator) is Tao, a beautiful and spirited young woman and Zhang-ke’s narrative focus at three separate points in her life: 1999, 2014 and 2025. She must choose between two suitors – coal miner Liang and entrepreneur Jingsheng – and two vastly divergent paths.

What follows is another absorbing, intellectually expansive film from Zhang-ke, as he continues to explore ideas of cultural and emotional alienation that are key to his always rich, always compelling understanding of modern China.

Booking Information


New Wave Films

020 7299 3681


Release Date

15 December 2017

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