A Touch of Zen

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A Touch of Zen
Xai nu | King Hu, 1969
Taiwan | Format: HD Cam | 185 minutes

Long before Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, King Hu’s martial-arts masterpiece whirled across screens with dazzling fights against spectacular colorful backdrops— and became the first Chinese-language film to win an award at Cannes. In this classic of the wuxia (martial-arts) genre, a poor scholar who is nagged by his mother finds
himself accompanying a mysterious woman (fierce Hsu Feng) — a master fighter out for vengeance. Originally working with Hong Kong’s legendary Shaw Brothers, King Hu made the massive-scale Zen for a Taiwan company after the success of Dragon Gate Inn. Shown at the New York Film Festival, 1976.

Venue: Walter Reade Theater

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