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'The Taking of Tiger Mountain' gets blockbuster treatment
'The Taking of Tiger Mountain' gets blockbuster treatment

A historical account of a battle in the Chinese civil war, Qu Bo's 1957 novel "Tracks in the Snowy Forest" spawned the Peking opera "Taking Tiger Mountain by Strategy." A film adaptation by Xie Tieli ensued in 1970, followed by a Brian Eno recording in 1974. Now "The Taking of Tiger Mountain" gets the 3-D blockbuster film treatment by Tsui Hark, better known in the U.S. for a pair of Jean-Claude Van Damme duds. In 1946, folk hero Yang Zirong (played by Zhang Hanyu) reports for duty in Harbin but soon goes rogue and deserts his fellow People's Liberation Army troops to infiltrate the bandits — led by Hawk (Tony Leung Ka-fai) — who ruled...

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