The story is based on a conflict between the People's Liberation Army of China and a bandit gang.
Following the 1946 war with Japan, China has to face the internal conflicts as well. When a gang of bandits, who happen to possess the arsenals abandoned by the Japanese, stay in the Tiger mountain under the leadership of Hawk, they indulge in anti socio activities like robbery. There is another group that fight against these bandits under their leader.
As all these groups become trouble shooters, the Government form People's Liberation Army and appoints Shao Jianbo to lead this group. Known by his code name Captain 203 after his unit, Jianbo commands a group of 30 men to the Tiger mountain. Along with them the spy experts, soldier Yang Zirong and Bai Ru, a combat medic, are sent by the government. What happens after that, whether the spies are helpful in capturing the Tiger mountain are narrated in the latter part of the movie.
Set in the backdrop of 1950s, the production side has taken the pains to bring back the same set up. Even though the movie starts at a slow speed, it gains momentum soon. The fight scenes which have been given much importance result in stealing the show. Be it dressing or picturization, the director is able to bring out variations with his characters and all the artists have played their portions in an appreciable manner. The back ground music plays its part in the racing screenplay.
Summing up, The Taking of Tiger Mountain is catchy with its speed.