North American Premiere
Festival favorite (Cannes, Tokyo Intl FF, Deauville Asian FF) stars Sylvia Chang as a suicidal landlady who rents an apartment to three irritating young hipsters in this transcendent drama from Li Yu (Lost in Beijing) one of the only female directors working in China. Playing one of the hipsters is hot young actress Fan Binging (she also appears in this year’s Shaolin), a holy terror who’ll smash a beer bottle over her head then French kiss your girlfriend as the blood runs down her scalp. Sylvia Chang has directed, written and starred in major hits from Taiwan, Hong Kong and China since 1971 and here she turns in a performance that’s all steely, white-knuckled grace. “Nothing is easy in such a big world,” one of Li’s characters says. “Who cares about us?” Buddha Mountain offers its own answer to that question.