A Touch of Zen
DIRECTOR: KING HU
CAST: FENG HSU, CHUN SHIH, YING BAI
Wuxia wizard Hu’s ultimate masterpiece of chivalry and intrigue follows an effete scholar who gets involved with an indomitable female fugitive in an ancient Chinese town, sweeping us into a fever-dream of mystical proportions, simultaneously romantic and suspenseful. A three-hour martial arts film and the first fight doesn’t happen until the last act—but it’s so transcendentally beautiful, profound, and exhilarating in its artistry as to mesmerize audiences to this day.