A Touch of Zen A Touch of Zen

A Touch of Zen

King Hu

 
A Touch of Zen (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • Taiwan
  • 1971
  • 180 minutes
  • Color
  • 2.35:1
  • Mandarin
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  • Spine #825

“Visionary” barely begins to describe this masterpiece of Chinese cinema and martial arts moviemaking. A Touch of Zen (Xia nu) by King Hu depicts the journey of Yang, a fugitive noblewoman in disguise who seeks refuge in a remote, and allegedly haunted, village. The sanctuary she and her three companions find with a shy scholar is shattered when a nefarious swordsman uncovers her identity, pitting the five against legions of blade-wielding opponents. At once a wuxia film, the tale of a spiritual quest, and a study in human nature, A Touch of Zen is an unparalleled work in Hu’s formidable career and an epic of the highest order, characterized by breathtaking action choreography, stunning widescreen landscapes, and innovative editing.

Cast

Yang Hui-zhenHsu Feng
Gu Sheng-zhaiShih Chun
General Shi Wen-qiaoBai Ying
General Lu Ding-anXue Han
Gu’s motherZhang Bing-yu
Xu Zheng-qingCao Jian
Yang LianJia Lu-shi
Lu QiangWan Zhong-shan
Ouyang NianTien Peng
Men DaWang Rui
Xu Xian-chunHan Ying-jie
Nie QiuMiao Tian
Abbot Hui-yuanRoy Chiao

Credits

DirectorKing Hu
Written byKing Hu
Based on a story from Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio byPu Song-ling
Presented bySha Yung-fong
Cinematography byHua Hui-ying
Additional cinematography byZhou Ye-xing
EditorKing Hu
Set design byZou Zhi-liang and King Hu (uncredited)
Art directorChen Shang-lin
Music byWu Da-jiang
Action choreography byHan Ying-jie and Pan Yao-kun
Assistant directorMiao Tian

Disc Features

  • 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Documentary from 2012 about director King Hu
  • New interviews with actors Hsu Feng and Shih Chun
  • New interview with filmmaker Ang Lee
  • New interview with film scholar Tony Rayns
  • Trailer
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: An essay by film scholar David Bordwell and notes by Hu from a 1975 Cannes Film Festival press kit

    New cover by Greg Ruth

Film Essays

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A Touch of Zen: Prowling, Scheming, Flying

By David Bordwell July 20, 2016

In his staggeringly ambitious masterwork A Touch of Zen, Chinese filmmaker King Hu imbues dynamic scenes of combat with balletic grace and audacious stylistic experimentation. Read more »

On Five

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Notes on A Touch of Zen

By King Hu July 22, 2016

Two pieces, written by director King Hu, that were originally published as part of a 1975 press kit for the Cannes Film Festival. Read more »


Film Essays

Current_28791id_021_thumbnail

A Touch of Zen: Prowling, Scheming, Flying

By David Bordwell July 20, 2016

In his staggeringly ambitious masterwork A Touch of Zen, Chinese filmmaker King Hu imbues dynamic scenes of combat with balletic grace and audacious stylistic experimentation. Read more »


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