A Touch of Zen (Xia nu)
Directed by King Hu. With Hsu Feng, Roy Chiao, Bai Ying
Taiwan 1971, 35mm, color, 186 min. Mandarin with English subtitles
Exquisitely balancing the competing demands of the martial arts film and the careful depiction of human drama, Hu’s masterpiece is at once epic and intimate, fantastic and realist, action-packed and thought-provoking. With a Chinese title that translates to “Swordswoman,” it also provides one of the best examples of Hu’s many woman warriors, played by the celebrated Hsu Feng, now an important producer. Hsu plays a fugitive hunted for her family’s crusade against corruption at the emperor’s court. Around her the film arrays a host of characters who become involved in her struggle, building to a metaphysical conflict between worldliness and virtue. A Touch of Zen served as the model for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, a debt Ang Lee acknowledges by including an homage to the film’s famous fight in a bamboo grove. New print from The Film Center of National Central University, Taiwan and The Center for East Asian Studies at UW-Madison
- Tickets are available in person 45 minutes before showtime at the HFA, not in advance!
- We'll meet at Grafton Street Pub & Grill, 1230 Mass Ave.,at 5pm for a pre-movie snack and discussion then head over to the HFA around 6.15pm to get our tickets.
- Let's gather in the lobby afterwards to go for a post-movie discussion if people want to.
- Please be on the lookout for email updates about this meetup! And finally....
- The HFA is offering members of the Boston International Arthouse Movie Meetup Group a 20% membership discount so that you can join for $44 (individual) and get fantastic ticket prices and booking privileges. Details here.
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