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A Touch of Zen ()

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

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Yang Hui-ching
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Ku Shen Chai
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General Shih Wen-chiao
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East Chamber guard
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(as Ming-Wei Chen)
Shih Wei Chen
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Hui Yuan
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Hsu
Chung Mou Hsieh
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Dr. Lu Meng
Hsing Chun Hsu
Ho Chiu Kei
Lu-Shih Ku
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East Chamber Guard
Kwei Li
You-Pin Liu
Chu-Hua Men
Chien Tsao
Wei Ho Tu
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Mun Ta
Hsi-Chun Yang
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Commander Hsu's son (uncredited)

Directed by

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King Hu

Written by

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King Hu ... ()
 
Songling Pu ... (story) (as Sung-ling Pu)

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Liang Fang Hsia-Wu ... producer
Jung-Feng Sha ... executive producer

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Ta Chiang Wu

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Yeh-Hsing Chou
Hui-Ying Hua

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King Hu ... (as Jinquan Hu)
Chin-Chen Wang

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Shang-Lin Chen

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Hsu-Ching Wu ... makeup artist

Production Management

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Shih-Ching Yang ... production manager (as Shi Ching Yang)

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Ying-Chieh Han ... martial arts instructor
Yao-Kun Pan ... martial arts instructor

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Chia-Chih Li ... costumer

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Jou-Yin Chang ... planner
Chang-Lin Hua ... continuity
Jung-Feng Sha ... presenter
Shi-Che Wang ... script supervisor

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Plot Summary

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

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Also Known As
  • A Touch of Zen (Hong Kong, English title)
  • A Touch of Zen (United States)
  • A Touch of Zen (World-wide, English title)
  • Les héroïques (France)
  • A Touch of Zen (France)
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  • 200 min
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Trivia Although filming began in 1968, this movie was not completed until 1971. See more »
Goofs The candles seen in the film are clearly modern paraffin candles. 14th-century Chinese candles made from tallow or whale fat did not have that bright white color. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in La menace (1977). See more »

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