THE TAKING OF TIGER MOUNTAIN 3D | 智取威虎山
Running Time: 149 minutes
Language: Mandarin with English subtitles
Director: Tsui Hark
Cast: Zhang Hanyu, Tong Leung Ka-Fai, Lin Gengxin, Yu Nan, Tong Liya, Han Geng, Chen Xiao
Showtimes: Friday, July 10 9:00pm at Silas Theatre
Tsui Hark’s gonzo war movie is China’s 11th highest-grossing movie of all time, and this is the only chance you’ll ever get to see it projected in 3D, the way Tsui Hark intended. Tiger Mountain is a Chinese national epics, but Tsui has reinvigorated this tale of 30 PLA soldiers taking down a 1000-strong bandit army by stripping out the ideology and returning it to its action roots. That means he serves up heaping helpings of tiger attacks, human dogs, a Lord of the Rings-sized mountain fortress, bandits wearing black lipstick, ski attacks, lots of grenades, a tank, a fight on top of a crashing biplane, and a New York City traffic jam.
A spectacular mid-movie set-piece of bandits laying siege to a snowbound village reminds us that Tsui’s sheer cinematic craftsmanship is unequalled today, and that’s only one of the spectacular set-pieces sprinkled over this movie like chocolate chips on a magical motion picture sundae made of fire! Tsui Hark is a 3D true believer and he makes sure that not a second goes by when something isn’t poking, shooting, stabbing, exploding, or leaping off the screen right into your lap, whether it’s tigers, bandits, biplanes, or Tony Leung Kar-fai sporting an outrageous fake nose.
Part of HONG KONG PANORAMA. Presented with the support of Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office New York.