The Taking of Tiger Mountain

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The Taking of Tiger Mountain
Tracks in the Snowy Forest poster.jpg
Theatrical poster
Directed by Tsui Hark
Produced by Huang Jianxin
Yu Dong
Based on Tracks in the Snowy Forest by Qu Bo
Starring Zhang Hanyu
Tony Leung Ka-fai
Lin Gengxin
Yu Nan
Tong Liya
Music by Wu Wai-lap
Release dates
  • December 23, 2014 (2014-12-23) (China)
  • May 14, 2015 (2015-05-14) (Hong Kong)
Running time
141 minutes
Country China
Hong Kong
Language Mandarin
Box office US$150 million (China)[1]

The Taking of Tiger Mountain (Chinese: 智取威虎山) is a 2014 Chinese-Hong Kong 3D epic action film directed by Tsui Hark,[2][3] produced by Huang Jianxin and Yu Dong, and based on the novel Tracks in the Snowy Forest by Qu Bo.[4] The story is based on a conflict between the People's Liberation Army of China and a bandit gang. It was released on December 23, 2014.[5][6][7]

Zhang Hanyu portrays Yang Zirong and Lin Gengxin takes on the role of Shao Jianbo, the two protagonists of the story. While Yang Zirong (1917-1947) is based on the real-life person, the other hero of the story Shao Jianbo is fictional, and Qu Bo created the character based on himself, as the story is seen through the point of view of Shao Jianbo.

Bona Film Group bought the rights to the novel in 2009 and has been planning the adaptation since.[4]

Qu Bo's novel was also famously adapted into the opera Taking Tiger Mountain by Strategy, from which the film takes its title.



Box office[edit]

The film topped the Chinese box office during its opening week earning US$51.9 million in six days. In its second week the film remained at the summit earning an additional US$58.3 million despite facing competition with Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb.[8] As of March 2015, the film has grossed over $150 million in China making it Bona's highest-grossing film and the tenth highest-grossing film of all time in China.[1]

Critical response[edit]

Film Business Asia's Derek Elley gave the film an 8 out of 10, calling it "bracingly effective popcorn action."[9]


  1. ^ a b Patrick Frater (April 6, 2015). "China Box Office: ‘Wolf Warrior’ and ‘Kingsman’ Dominate $100 Million Weekend". Variety. Retrieved April 7, 2015. 
  2. ^ Clifford Coonan - Variety (2012-06-18). "China's Bona braces for Hollywood competition: It aims to shoot co-prods, adopt U.S. biz practices". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2012-07-02. 
  3. ^ Kevin Ma (December 23, 2014). "Bullets has RMB300 million opening weekend". Film Business Asia. Retrieved December 24, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Kevin Ma (December 19, 2013). "Tsui begins production on Snowy Forest". Film Business Asia. Retrieved December 24, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Bullets shoots up RMB80m opening". Film Business Asia. 2014-12-20. Retrieved 2014-12-20. 
  6. ^ "First Teaser For Tsui Hark's THE TAKING OF TIGER MOUNTAIN 3D Reveals A Tiger And A Mountain". Twitch Film. 2014-08-03. Retrieved 2014-08-04. 
  7. ^ Stephen Cremin (April 18, 2014). "John Woo's Crossing joins 3-D December". Film Business Asia. Retrieved May 7, 2014. 
  8. ^ Patrick Frater (January 5, 2015). "China Box Office: ‘Tiger Mountain’ Takes Second Weekend". Variety. Retrieved January 8, 2015. 
  9. ^ Derek Elley (January 13, 2015). "The Taking of Tiger Mountain 3D". Film Business Asia. Retrieved January 14, 2015. 

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