Buddha Mountain



Afraid of nothing and no one, Nan Feng (Fan Bing Bing) is a tough-as-nails young woman who spends her days wandering the streets and her nights singing at seedy bars in an effort to eke out some sort of living. Despite the fact that she’s barely in her twenties, Nan Feng and her two best friends, Ding Bo (Chen Bolin) and Fei Zao, aka “Fatty”, (Fei Long) have lived a hard life. Evicted from their soon-to-be demolished apartment, the three are forced to find a new home. Replying to an ad, they soon find themselves renting rooms in the home of the retired Chinese opera singer, Chang Yue Quin (Sylvia Chang).  Having recently lost her son, Madame Chang often comes across as harsh and uncaring, but the truth is, she’s simply struggling to manage her overwhelming grief. Often at odds with her new tenants, Madame Chang pays their mean-spirited practical jokes back in turn. However, despite their differences and numerous clashes, the three free-spirited tenants come to form an unlikely bond with their harsh landlady. As time and shared experiences draw them closer together, they begin to meld into a makeshift family. On a trip to the neighboring countryside, Nan Feng and her friends come across the ruins of a Buddhist temple. Learning it was destroyed during the 2008 Sichuan earthquake, the three friends, along with Madame Chang, take on the task of helping to repair the crumbled temple. Will time on this sacred ground bring them all the healing they need, or will the ghosts of the past, only recently buried, rise to haunt them once more? A stirring and emotional look at loss and connection, “Buddha Mountain” is a 2010 drama film directed by Li Yu.