- dir. KING HU
- year. 1971
- country. TAIWAN, CHINA
- run-time. 180min
- rating. 12
£6 (£4.50 conc.) Doors: 7:00PM - Film: 7:30PM
Hailed as one of the first martial arts classics, King Hu's "A Touch of Zen" is a 1971 Taiwanese wuxia film known for stunning scenery and breath-taking choreography, becoming the first Taiwanese entry to win a Cannes Film Festival award.
"A Touch of Zen" follows one scholar's mission to stop a corrupt government official from capturing a female fugitive who can expose his crimes.
Hu's cinematic epic has influenced many directors today, fans include Quentin Tarantino ("Kill Bill") and Ang Lee ("Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon"). The film combines Eastern meditative philosophy with flying swordplay and combat, setting the standard for bamboo battles and bloody finales.