Watch: Official US Trailer for Jia Zhangke's 'Mountains May Depart'

December 21, 2015
Source: YouTube

Mountains May Depart

"Daddy will make you lots of dollars!" Kino Lorber has debuted a new official US trailer for veteran Chinese filmmaker Jia Zhangke's latest film, titled Mountains May Depart. This film premiered at Cannes in May and played at a bunch of prestigious festivals through the year. I saw it at the New York Film Festival and was taken back by it, still impacted by the audacity of the story. Set in China and Australia, the film is a tryptich that follows a few people across three different periods of time - showing how China has devolved into a culture of materialism and how this will affect relationships and human connection in the long run. It stars Zhao Tao, Zhang Yi & Liang Jingdong. Anyone in search of bold storytelling should take a look at this.

Here's the official US trailer for Jia Zhangke's Mountains May Depart, from Kino Lorber's YouTube:

Mountains May Depart

At once an intimate drama and a decades-spanning epic that leaps from the recent past to the present to the speculative near-future, Jia's new film is an intensely moving study of how China's economic boom — and the culture of materialism it has spawned — has affected the bonds of family, tradition, and love. Shooting each of the film's three time periods in a different aspect ratio — with the square Academy frame gradually expanding to widescreen — Jia creates a prescient chronicle of his country's path to the future. Lyrical, moving, and dazzlingly ambitious, Mountains May Depart is one of the year's most important films. The film is written & directed by Chinese filmmaker Jia Zhangke, of the films Xiao Wu, Platform, Unknown Pleasures, Still Life, 24 City, and A Touch of Sin previously. This film played at Cannes, TIFF & NYFF in 2015 and opens in US theaters starting February 12th, 2016 next year. Info at

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