A scholar, tasked to copy a sutra, meets with a mysterious old lady and her daughter in the mountains.

A young scholar, Ho Yunqing, is tasked by an eminent monk to transcribe a Buddhist sutra said to have immense power over the spirits of the afterlife. To execute his work in peace, he travels to an isolated monastery deep in the mountains, where he encounters a number of strange people, including the mysterious and beautiful Melody. As malicious spirits attempt to steal the sutra, Ho becomes entangled in a conflict between duelling forces of good and evil. Will he leave the mountain alive?

Although most commonly associated with the Wuxia genre, in 1979 King Hu directed the epic fantasy- horror, Legend of the Mountain. Heavily influenced by traditional Chinese aesthetics and Zen Buddhist philosophy, it has come to be regarded as one of his greatest filmmaking achievements.

Reviews

A delightful tale of ancient magic and clueless men.
You can get lost in these pictorial reveries as you trace the rays of light piercing the trees, brightening the dark waters and reality-softening haze.