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Wuxia Classic RAINING IN THE MOUNTAIN Coming To UK Blu-Ray [New Trailer/Artwork]

Raining in the Mountain
King Hu's Buddhist fable makes its UK disc debut in February.

Raining in the Mountain bluray

Director King Hu's 1979 spiritual wuxia fable Raining in the Mountain makes its UK disc debut when Eureka Entertainment release it on dual format blu-ray/DVD on February 24th. Presented from a new 2K restoration, the first print run of 2000 copies will come with a Limited Edition slipcase.

Selected as one of the Best 100 Chinese Motion Pictures by the Hong Kong Film Awards in 2005, Raining in the Mountain is set in a secluded 16th century Buddhist monastery and concerns the power struggle that erupts when the reigning abbot announces his retirement.

Bonus features include a new and exclusive feature-length audio commentary by critic and Asian cinema expert Tony Rayns; new video essay by David Cairns; trailer; and a collector’s booklet featuring new essays by Chinese-language film expert and author Stephen Teo and Asian cinema expert David West.

Check out Eureka's new trailer below.

The official synopsis reads:

Set in a remote Buddhist monastery in 16th Century China, Raining in the Mountain deals with a power struggle that ensues when the Abbot of the Three Treasures Temple announces his imminent retirement.

The ageing Abbot invites three outsiders to advise him on the critical choice of appointing his successor: Esquire Wen, a wealthy patron of the monastery, General Wang, commander-in-chief of the local military, and Wu Wai, a respected lay Buddhist master. Within the monastery, several disciples aspiring to the position begin to collude individually with Esquire Wen and General Wang. But these two invited advisers have come with seditious intent, scheming to obtain the priceless scroll housed in the monastery: the scriptural text of “The Mahayana Sutra,” hand-copied by Tripitaka. Meanwhile, convicted criminal Chiu Ming has arrived at the monastery to atone as a monk. He is assigned to safeguard the scroll at the house of scriptures, and encounters thieving rivals White Fox who poses as Esquire Wen’s concubine and General Wang’s fearsome Lieutenant Chang, who originally framed Chiu Ming for the crime he did not commit.