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A Touch of Zen (1971)

Xia nü (original title)
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A lady fugitive on the run from corrupt government officials is joined in her endeavors by an unambitious painter and skilled Buddhist monks.

Director:

King Hu

Writers:

King Hu, Songling Pu (story) (as Sung-ling Pu)
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Credited cast:
Feng Hsu ... Yang Hui-ching
Chun Shih ... Ku Shen Chai
Ying Bai ... General Shih Wen-chiao
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Billy Chan ... East Chamber guard
Ming-Wai Chan ... (as Ming-Wei Chen)
Ping-Yu Chang
Yi-Kuei Chang
Yun Wen Chang
Shih Wei Chen Shih Wei Chen
Roy Chiao ... Hui Yuan
Ying-Chieh Han ... Hsu
Li-Jen Ho
Chung-Mou Hsieh Chung-Mou Hsieh
Han Hsieh ... Dr. Lu Meng
Hsing-Chun Hsu Hsing-Chun Hsu
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Storyline

An artist, Ku, lives with his mother near an abandoned fort, reputed to be haunted. One night, investigating strange noises, he meets the beautiful Yang who is living there. She is being pursued by agents of an Imperial noble who have murdered her family. Ku finds himself caught up in her struggle to survive, and many fierce battles take place before all is resolved. Action adventure with a lyrical feel, this is a kung fu film with a strong spiritual element. Written by Richard Hills <R.Hills@wlv.ac.uk>

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Trivia

Although filming began in 1968, this movie was not completed until 1971. See more »

Goofs

The candles seen in the film are clearly modern paraffin candles. 14th-century Chinese candles made from tallow or whale fat did not have that bright white color. See more »

Alternate Versions

The original cut of the film was over 400 minutes long. No extant prints of this edition are believed to have survived. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000) See more »

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Finally available
28 July 2003 | by PuppetmisterSee all my reviews

For UK DVD viewers, this genre classic is finally available to own. Optimum's print is not perfect (slightly dim in places), and you can't turn off the giant subtitles (should you want to), but at least we can see the full version of King Hu's masterpiece. Anybody seriously interested in martial arts cinema must seek out a copy, since it represents one of the most elegant examples of its type, a few years before the international success of Asian fight flicks proliferated a slew of poorly dubbed, re-edited versions for Western markets, solidifying the stereotype of "chop-socky" films as plot-free, laughable foreign commodities. A Touch of Zen builds up for almost a full hour before so much as a punch is thrown. The story is narrow, but complex, and King Hu takes time to create atmosphere, and a sense of place and time which is often taken for granted in other period epics. Oh yes, and the fight scenes are great.


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Country:

Taiwan | Hong Kong

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

18 November 1971 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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