Blind Mountain

Synopsis: China, the 1990s. In villages where female babies are drowned, there are few young women to marry the men and bear more sons. Families buy wives - girls lured from the city. Bai finishes college and accepts a job in a remote mountain village harvesting herbs. It's a ruse: she's sold to a peasant family. She's indignant; the parents hold her so the son can rape her. She tries to run away; she's beaten. Other women kidnapped a few years before, now with children, tell her to comply. She continues to try to escape. She writes to her father, smuggling letters to the mailman. She obtains a bit of money. The village is without pity, except for the teacher. Can he help her? Anger mounts.
Genre: Crime, Drama
Director(s): Yang Li
  3 wins & 2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
95 min

Watch carefully. Open your hand.


Two rooms. Our I.D.'s.

My back kills.

All this just for a few bucks.

I can't take much more either.

Hey! Hu!


How much money are we going to make?

At least five hundred.

If we're lucky, even nine hundred.

Really? Then I'll be able...

to pay back my family's debt.

Certainly. After a few trips.

Hu, I'm so lucky to have met you.

I couldn't find ajob even

after looking for a month.

My family spent tons

of money on my college,

But I still couldn't find ajob.

If I can make some money,

I'll have to thank you.

Forget it. After all, we're friends.

Don't be silly.

I like helping others. It's my way.

Why be selfish?

Bai Xuemei, listen up.

You got to be tough for this job.

It's not bad. Sounds like a fun way

to make a buck. Easy!

If the money is good,

I don't care how hard the work is.

That's good.

We found rare herbs for making medicine.

Let's see how well you'll do.

Manager Wu, don't worry.

She's got good people skills.

Just smile at them.

Those herb-picking

hicks will be all yours.

Then we'll get a top price.

You're the one who'll make them go crazy.

Oh, what a turn on!

Stop it!

Hey, not so hard.

Play somewhere else.

We're going to look

for the herb pickers.

Wait here. Keep an eye on our stuff.



Hello. Where's Manager Wu?

Who's that?

From the Chinese medicine company.

What company? Never heard of it.

Here's his business card.

Have you seen my wallet and I. D?

I swear, we didn't take your stuff.

Thanks. I'll go look for them.

Where are you going?


You can't leave.

What do you want?

Miss, I'll tell you.

Your family sold

you to be my son's wife.

That's impossible. They're not family.

They hired me to work for them.

You could be lying.

The fact is I bought you for 7,000.

Now you're my son's wife.

Mister, they really aren't my family.

They lied to you.

I'm going to the police.

You're not going anywhere!

This can't be happening!

Miss, all girls end up married.

You married my son,

so we'll treat you as family.

Are you out of your mind?

You can't go.

I beg you, let me go.

Grab her.

They are not my family.

I promise. Please, let me go.

Just ignore her. She'll tire of yelling.

What do you want?

Get out of here!


Drink or remain a bachelor!

Same for your son and grandson!

No women, ever!

Drink up or else no women

in your next life either!

A pack of cigarettes.

How was it?

How was what?

How'd it feel?


You know, in bed.

Real good.

You're full of it.

How do we know you really did it?

Because I did.

Oh yeah? Tell me, are her tits big?

Shut the f*** up!

I can tell he didn't do it.

I know you're a good person.

Please let me go.

Eat first.

If you let me go,

I'll thank you for the rest of my life.


I'll be good to you just

as long as you stay.

No way.

Then give the 7,000 back to me

and I'll let you go.

I'll write a letter to my father.

I'll ask him to send the money, okay?

You think I'm stupid?

Your father will bring the police.

I'll have wasted the money on you.

You know you could go tojail

for buying a wife?

F*** jail.

Everyone does it.

City people spend even more.

What are you doing here?

I can come if I want.

Not in bed with your wife?

You'd rather hang out with us?

What's it to you? I'll come if I want.

Your damn temper hasn't changed!

I bet she won't sleep with you.

If she won't sleep with you,

just beat her.

Is this girl faking

marriage to rip you off?

It doesn't seem like it.

Be careful. People are up

to no good these days.

Don't let her run away.

Make sure you sleep with her first.

Get her pregnant,

and she won't want to run.

All you do is smoke.

Go use your dick for a change.

Go back to your wife

and take care of business.

Snake eyes!

I won!

Out all night! What good are you?

Stop! Where are you going?

She's too strong.

You can't even handle a girl.

Aren't you man enough? Get in there.

My girl, all women go through this.

You have to get married too.

If you do this, we'll treat you well.

Get out!

We can't let her get away with this! Go!

Damn it! Come and help.


Hello, Teacher Huang.

- Hello. - Decheng,

- off to school? - Yeah.

Degui, did you do it?

You bet. Come over for a drink soon.

Damn, look at how happy you are.

Mister Degui, where's our wedding candy?

Get lost. What stupid candy!

No wedding candy,

the groom wets his bed.

No wedding candy,

the groom wets his bed.

Get to school!

Fourth graders, work on homework.

Third graders, read with me.

Confucius goes to Lao Zi.

"Confucius was a famous teacher

early in his life."

"He never felt he had enough knowledge."

"At the age of 30,

he left his hometown of Qufu."

"He went to Luoyang to ask the

philosopher Laozi to teach him."


You can't change things.

You might as well take care of yourself.

I'm sorry, but I really had no choice.

When you have a child,

you'll know what I mean.

Our family spent so much money on you.

I hope you can do your duty as a wife.

Who married your son?

Animal! You're all animals! Get out! I

What? Want a beating?

Go on, beat me to death!

Degui, forget it.

Forget it. That's enough.

Get her!

- Help me! - Get her! Stop her!

Help me!

Where are you f***ing going?

Come back.

Hey, what's going on here?

Village Chief, she's trying to run away.

Help me! I was kidnapped!

Stop yelling. If you were kidnapped,

what proof do you have?

You want to run away even though

they handed over a dowry?

Aren't you the one who's cheating them?

She must be faking marriage

for the money.

I never took their money.

If I had, then you could

throw me in jail.

Who'd f***ing do that?

Who'd pay me back?

Please help me. I'm telling the truth.

Who knows if you're telling the truth?

Where's your ID?

My ID? It was stolen.

You don't even have an ID.

How can anyone believe you?

Go on back with them for now.

The village council will look into this.

It's settled. Go on back.

Go on.


I won't chain you up if you stop...

trying to run away.

Fourth Uncle! Fourth Aunt!

Have a seat. Get some water.

No thanks.

We're here to collect the pig tax.

The total is 38.40.

That's right.

I sold the pig two months ago.

Really? Did you pay any tax?

Show us the receipt.

Go get it.

Pig tax, pork tax, income tax.

Got to pay them all.

You still owe 18.20.

But we don't have any pigs now.

It doesn't matter.

That's the rule from above.

Don't make things hard on us.

Ignore her. My woman's gone crazy.

Help me!

We don't handle family matters.

You're damn lucky!

Control her. Words alone

can't f***ing get the job done.

It's just like tax. Got to be forceful.


Help me!

Stop yelling or

I'll beat your f***ing mouth in.

Okay, that's enough.

B*tch, I can make you obey me.

Go on. That's enough.

Mom, how's she today?

She's been quiet.


- Decheng, I need money.

- What happened?

My wife slit her wrist.

Go back inside and study.

Hurry and take her to the hospital.

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