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A Touch of Zen

2 August 2016 4:04 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

A Taiwanese wuxia masterpiece from director King Hu: three hours of suspense, visual beauty and amazing action scenes. A beautiful mystery woman captivates an artist-scholar. He who happily becomes her strategist in a battle to hold off an army... partly with ghost illusions. A Touch of Zen Blu-ray The Criterion Collection 825 1971 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 180 min. / Xia nü / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date July 19, 2016 / 39.95 Starring Hsu Feng, Shih Chun, Bai Ying, Xue Han, Zhang Bing-yu, Cao Jian, Jia Lu-shi. Cinematography Hua Hul-ying Film Editor King Hu Original Music Wu Da-jiang Based on a story from Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio by Pu Song-ling Presented by Sha-Yung-fong Written and Directed by King Hu

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Terrence Malick’s City Symphony, ‘Phoenix’ Talk, Sounds of ‘The Force Awakens,’ and More

27 April 2016 12:44 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

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Electrician Bob Tanswell remembers working with Stanley Kubrick on The Shining at The Guardian:

I’d heard of Stanley Kubrick but didn’t realise how special he was. He’d do 150 takes of a simple scene. He knew everybody’s job. If he asked you a question and you didn’t know the answer, you really got it – not me so much, because I was just a spark. After having a go at someone he’d be walking away and give you a wink, like: “See that? That’s got him going.” He was »

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"A Touch of Zen": King Hu’s Masterful Concoction of Cinematic Flavors

21 April 2016 10:07 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Widely and rightly regarded as not only one of the finest martial arts films ever made, but one of the greatest works in of all Chinese cinema, King Hu’s A Touch of Zen (Xia nü, 1971) is most often lauded for its extraordinary fight sequences. Why the film is so exceptional, however, is that as great as these fight scenes are (and they are spectacular), they may not even be the best part of the movie. With 180 minutes to work with in its complete uncut version, which will screen in a new 4K restoration at Film Forum April 22 through May 5, Hu launches A Touch of Zen above most of its genre, above even his own impressive output, amplifying the essentials of the martial arts film while infusing it with other cinematic ingredients. The first shot of A Touch of Zen is of a spider moving in on its cobweb-entangled prey. »

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