Feeling from Mountain and Water is a Chinese short film directed by the animator Te Wei. He uses a technique called Shan-Shui — a Chinese watercolour art that portrays landscapes, mountains and waterfalls to express the love and connection to nature, which enlightens the work. In the short film, we see an old master of guqin being taken care by a young fisherwoman from a small Chinese village.
The short film utilizes silence, movement, and harmony to convey its message. With silence, we can observe details that could not be noticed otherwise: the singing and flapping of birds' wings, the strong wind passing through the trees
and the flow of rivers and waterfalls. The silence is also used to build the relationship between the old man and the girl who, with the exchange of smiles, affection and teachings, helps build a deep and organic relationship. As a result of the correct handling of silence, an omnipotent sensation of movement is observed.
The movement is in everywhere: Within rivers, birds, wind and human actions. All this movement shows us that nature is strong and alive, that it is in every part of human life and is of crucial importance. Furthermore, with the cheerful rowing of the girl and the precise strumming of the old man we see another form of movement: The flow of emotion. The old man loves to play guqin — an instrument that in Chinese culture represents the harmony between man, nature and the universe. Nature, the girl and the representation of it is in the movement of his fingers and the ropes while he plays it. When the old man teaches guqin's lessons to the girl, we see in it the affection he feels for her being transported through this movement. However, we also see the culture of one generation passing on to another.
The combination of silence and movement as well as the guqin songs create the harmony of the work. Nature, humans, and music are in a profound state of consonance to the point of becoming one. This harmony carries human relationships, memories, dreams and, above all, love for nature and all living creatures.
Criminally underrated, Feeling from Mountain and Water is not a simple short film, it is a beautiful work of art that expresses not only the connection between man and the universe but, mainly, the love for life itself. A masterpiece that should be known and appreciated by all lovers of animation and art.
Yikes. This is probably the silliest user score I've seen on all of MAL. Feelings of Mountains and Waters is an important, masterful film, and it deserves much higher than a 6. Regardless, on to the review.
One of the most beautiful short films ever, Feelings of Mountains and Waters is like a painting come to life. Themes the film explores include the majesty of nature, the wonder of music, the love between a master and an apprentice, and death, all in a completely dialogue free 18 minutes.
Some films just speak for themselves and don't lend themselves very well to review, this is definitely
one of them. It's easy to track down and there aren't any language or age restrictions, so I suggest you just watch it and experience it for yourself.