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A Touch of Zen

A Touch of Zen

A Touch of Zen

1971 / 187min / DCP

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.