A Touch of Zen

A Touch of Zen

Directed by King Hu • 1971 • Hong Kong, Taiwan
Starring Hsu Feng, Shih Chun, Bai Ying

"Visionary" barely begins to describe this masterpiece of Chinese cinema and martial arts moviemaking. A TOUCH OF ZEN (Xia nu) by King Hu depicts the journey of Yang, a fugitive noblewoman in disguise who seeks refuge in a remote, and allegedly haunted, village. The sanctuary she and her three companions find with a shy scholar is shattered when a nefarious swordsman uncovers her identity, pitting the five 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.

A Touch of Zen
  • A Touch of Zen

    Directed by King Hu • 1971 • Hong Kong, Taiwan
    Starring Hsu Feng, Shih Chun, Bai Ying

    "Visionary" barely begins to describe this masterpiece of Chinese cinema and martial arts moviemaking. A TOUCH OF ZEN (Xia nu) by King Hu depicts the journey of Yang, a fugitive noblewoman in disguise who seeks...

Extras

  • Hsu Feng on A TOUCH OF ZEN

    Conducted in 2016, this interview features actor Hsu Feng discussing her iconic role as Yang Hui-zhen in A TOUCH OF ZEN.

  • Shih Chun on A TOUCH OF ZEN

    In this new piece, actor Shih Chun addresses his longtime collaboration with director King Hu and his performance as Gu Sheng-zhai in A TOUCH OF ZEN.

  • King Hu: 1932–1997

    This 2012 documentary in Cantonese, English, and Mandarin about the life and career of director King Hu features producer and film historian Peggy Chiao, cinematographer Hua Hui-ying, and actors Shih Chun and Wu Ming-tsai, among others.

  • Ang Lee on A TOUCH OF ZEN

    In this 2016 interview, Academy Award–winning filmmaker Ang Lee describes his appreciation for A TOUCH OF ZEN and the influence it had on his own acclaimed martial arts film CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON (2000).

  • Tony Rayns on A TOUCH OF ZEN

    Made in 2016, this piece features film critic Tony Rayns discussing director King Hu and A TOUCH OF ZEN.