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Mountains May Depart

Mountains May Depart
Chinese 山河故人
Mandarin Shānhé gùrén
Directed by Jia Zhangke
Produced by Shozo Ichiyama
Written by Jia Zhangke
Starring Zhao Tao
Zhang Yi
Liang Jingdong
Dong Zijian
Xstream Pictures
Shanghai Film Group
Distributed by Sihai Distribution Association (China)[1]
Tianjin Maoyan Media (China)[1]
Ad Vitam (France)
Release dates
  • 20 May 2015 (2015-05-20) (Cannes)
  • 30 October 2015 (2015-10-30) (China)
Running time
131 minutes
Country China
Language Mandarin
Box office CN¥20 million(until 3rd Nov.) (China)

Mountains May Depart (Chinese: 山河故人) is a 2015 drama film directed by Jia Zhangke. The film is Jia's eighth feature film.[2][3] It competed for the Palme d'Or at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.[4][5] It has also been selected to be shown in the Special Presentations section of the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival.[6] It was released in China on 30 October 2015.[1]


  • Plot 1
  • Cast 2
  • Reception 3
    • Box office 3.1
    • Critical reception 3.2
  • References 4
  • External links 5


The film has three parts, set in the 1990s, the present and in Australia in the year 2025, respectively.[7]


  • Zhao Tao[7]
  • Zhang Yi
  • Liang Jingdong
  • Dong Zijian
  • Sylvia Chang
  • Rong Zishan
  • Liang Yonghao
  • Liu Lu
  • Yuan Wenqian


Box office

The film has earned CN¥10.331 million at the Chinese box office.[1]

Critical reception

Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian says "Jia Zhang-ke’s Mountains May Depart is a mysterious and in its way staggeringly ambitious piece of work from a film-maker whose creativity is evolving before our eyes."[8]

Scott Foundas of Variety states ""Mountains May Depart" is never less than a work of soaring ambition and deeply felt humanism, as Jia longs not so much to turn back the hands of time, but to ever so slightly slow them down."[9]

Derek Elley of Film Business Asia gave it a 5 out of 10, calling the film a "weakly written saga of friendship [that] goes way off the rails in the final part."[10]


  1. ^ a b c d "山河故人(2015)". (in Chinese). Retrieved October 30, 2015. 
  2. ^ "山河故人 (2015)". (in Chinese).  
  3. ^ Kevin Ma (February 13, 2015). "Shanghai Film Group reveals forthcoming projects".  
  4. ^ "2015 Official Selection". Cannes. Retrieved 16 April 2015. 
  5. ^ "Screenings Guide". Festival de Cannes. 6 May 2015. Retrieved 8 May 2015. 
  6. ^ "'"Toronto to open with 'Demolition'; world premieres for 'Trumbo', 'The Program. ScreenDaily. 28 July 2015. Retrieved 28 July 2015. 
  7. ^ a b Patrick Frater (May 19, 2014). "China’s Jia Zhangke Plans ‘Mountains’ Trek (EXCLUSIVE)".  
  8. ^ Peter Bradshaw (20 May 2015). "Mountains May Depart review: Jia Zhang-ke scales new heights with futurist drama".  
  9. ^ Scott Foundas (May 19, 2015). "Cannes Film Review: ‘Mountains May Depart’".  
  10. ^ Derek Elley (May 21, 2015). "Mountains May Depart".  

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