Raining in the Mountain is a film written by King Hu in 1979, a film with heavy religious undertones. Unlike many of the films that came prior, this film in particular seemed to focus mostly on the interactions amongst the characters and the scenes with action were only sparingly sprinkled in, breaking up the large amounts of character-building.
Though the action in comparison to his other films was noticeably less, I enjoyed the particular themes that the film portrayed. The characters were particularly well-fleshed out, in my opinion, as their wants and needs were easily seen and understood to the audience. It was interesting how none of the villains were traditionally “evil,” and in this film, they only had different goals and mindsets, which led them to do the things they did. However, the fighting scenes were as good as ever, so that is always nice.
I really enjoyed the scenery of this film as it was incredibly nice and gave the film a very specific atmosphere limited only to this film in particular. The temple architecture and the surrounding area gave the film a very spiritual feel, highlighting the themes that were present in it.
Enjoy religious scenery and an interesting, generally narrative-based plot with elements of wuxia mixed in? I would recommend Raining in the Mountain, if that appeals to you.