Jia Zhangke has long been revered as a leading figure of mainland China’s sixth generation of filmmakers, with films like “The World” and “Still Life” premiering — and, in the case of the latter, winning the top prize — at major international film festivals. Jia now has a new feather in his cap, and it’s one few (if any) other filmmakers can lay claim to: a noodle shop in his hometown of Fenyang.
Named for “Mountains May Depart” (“Shan He Gu Ren”), which premiered at Cannes last year, the restaurant features posters for the film as well as some of the honors it received on the festival circuit. The menu is apparently less expansive: Dao Bo Mian, a kind of sliced noodle, is the primary dish served. It comes with dumplings and will set customers back $8.60, according to New China.
One can only imagine — or at least hope — that the Pet Shop Boys’ “Go West” features as prominently in the restaurant as it does in the movie, but that might require an actual visit to confirm.