My review of Blind Mountain (2007, Li Yang)

 is live on Slant Magazine.  Film currently screening at the Film Forum. My friend Karin especially enjoyed these lines:

Picture a Zhang Yimou pastoral with a pigtailed Gong Li or Zhang Ziyi getting gangbanged by an entire household and you'll see how far Chinese cinema has come in the past decade, for better or worse...

...But such nuances quickly succumb to stark, outrageous depictions of the villagers as zombies groping after Xuemei like a Chinese hillbilly version of Rosemary's Baby...

 

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