A Touch of Zen

1971 • 179 minutes
13 reviews
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“Visionary” barely begins to describe this masterpiece of Chinese cinema and martial arts moviemaking. A Touch of Zen by King Hu depicts the journey of Yang (Hsu Feng), a fugitive noblewoman who seeks refuge in a remote, and allegedly haunted, village. The sanctuary she finds with a shy scholar and two aides in disguise is shattered when a nefarious swordsman uncovers her identity, pitting the four 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.

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13 reviews
Jason Talbott
January 21, 2017
I found this movie to be extremely good. The scholars use of Sun Tsu's art of war was a great touch. The fight choreography was classic Asian cinema. If your a fan of crouching tiger,36 chambers or any old school martial arts films. You should definitely check it out.
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Gary Williams
October 19, 2016
One of the canon of wu xia cinema. A must see!
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