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Buddha Mountain is an indie Chinese movie about youthful bewilderment, family breakdown, loneliness, bereavement, and generation gap. Ding Bo (Chen Po Lin), Fei Zao (Fei Long) and Nan Feng (Fan Bingbing) are three young drifters who live in the moment. Because of some circumstances, they find themselves renting rooms from Chang Yue Qin (Sylvia Chang), who’s still mourning over the tragic death of her son.

During the first two-thirds of Buddha Mountain, we see the trio trying to support themselves through odd jobs and meet their strict landlady. The viewers would be the witness to the progression of the trio’s relationship with the older person. It’s funny to see how they thoughtlessly impose on their landlady and how she exacts her revenge on them. The hilarious moments were balanced out by the heartbreaking scenes regarding her son’s death.

The last third is a bit of a letdown. It introduced a lot of dramatic themes that’s too cliché. Plus, the romantic subplot feels too forced that it could have been better if it stayed in the background. And don’t get me started with the ending. Just when everything seems to be going right, old lady decides to jump off a cliff. It is a little let down and not the ending I was expecting.

Aside from Fan Bingbing, I didn’t get any other reasons for watching Buddha Mountain. It could have been a better movie if they opt for a different ending. It has a simple story but the director opted for a more artsy ending that left a bad taste in my mouth.

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