A lady fugitive on the run from corrupt government officials is joined in her endeavors by an unambitious painter and skilled Buddhist monks.

Director:

King Hu

Writers:

King Hu, Songling Pu (story) (as Sung-ling Pu)
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Credited cast:
Feng Hsu ... Yang Hui-ching
Chun Shih ... Ku Shen Chai
Ying Bai ... General Shih Wen-chiao
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Billy Chan ... East Chamber guard
Ming-Wai Chan ... (as Ming-Wei Chen)
Ping-Yu Chang
Yi-Kuei Chang
Yun-Wen Chang
Shih-Wei Chen Shih-Wei Chen ... (as Shih Wei Chen)
Roy Chiao ... Hui Yuan
Ying-Chieh Han ... Hsu
Li-Jen Ho
Chung-Mou Hsieh Chung-Mou Hsieh
Han Hsieh ... Dr. Lu Meng
Hsing-Chun Hsu Hsing-Chun Hsu
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Storyline

An artist, Ku, lives with his mother near an abandoned fort, reputed to be haunted. One night, investigating strange noises, he meets the beautiful Yang who is living there. She is being pursued by agents of an Imperial noble who have murdered her family. Ku finds himself caught up in her struggle to survive, and many fierce battles take place before all is resolved. Action adventure with a lyrical feel, this is a kung fu film with a strong spiritual element. Written by Richard Hills <R.Hills@wlv.ac.uk>

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Number nine on the Hong Kong Film Awards' List of The Best 100 Chinese Motion Pictures. See more »

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The film is set in the 14th century AD. However, the Gu family have maize (corn) drying outside their house - this crop is American in origin and did not reach China until the 16th century. See more »

Alternate Versions

The original cut of the film was over 400 minutes long. No extant prints of this edition are believed to have survived. See more »

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Featured in WatchMojo: Top 10 Movie Fights in a Forest (2014) See more »

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The ultimate martial arts movie?
30 July 1999 | by HMM-4See all my reviews

I first saw 'A Touch of Zen' in the late 70s; it had such an effect on me that I looked for it on video for years and years, but to no avail - then to my relief it was shown on TV during a martial arts night twenty years later. In fact it was shown as the finale of that night - so perhaps I am not the only person who thinks this is the ultimate martial arts film.

It is over three hours long; the first hour is mainly scene-setting and not much happens, but this just adds to the impact. All you could want in a film is here - tension, action, arty filmwork, a kind of love interest, action, beautifully choreographed fights, intrigue, action, comedy, philosophy.... and a monk who is so pure that when he is wounded he bleeds.... well, you'd better see for yourself what he bleeds.

A must-see (if you have three hours to spare).


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Country:

Taiwan | Hong Kong

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

18 November 1971 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

A Touch of Zen See more »

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| (Blu-ray)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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