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A Touch of Zen (1971) (Blu Ray) (The Criterion Collection) (English Subtitled) (US Version) - Neo Film Shop

A Touch of Zen (1971) (Blu Ray) (The Criterion Collection) (English Subtitled) (US Version)


Actors: Hsu Feng, Shih Chun, Bai Ying
Directors: King Hu
Format: Restored, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
Language: Mandarin Chinese
Subtitles: English
Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
Number of discs: 1
Not Rated
Studio: Criterion Collection
DVD Release Date: July 19, 2016
Run Time: 180 minutes

'Visionary' barely begins to describe this masterpiece of Chinese cinema and martial arts moviemaking. A Touch of Zen by King Hu (Dragon Inn) depicts the journey of Yang (Hsu Feng), a fugitive noblewoman who seeks refuge in a remote, and allegedly haunted, village. The sanctuary she finds with a shy scholar and two aides in disguise is shattered when a nefarious swordsman uncovers her identity, pitting the four 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.

- New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
- Documentary from 2012 about director King Hu
- New interviews with actors Hsu Feng and Shih Chun
- New interview with filmmaker Ang Lee
- New interview with film scholar Tony Rayns
- Trailer
- New English subtitle translation
- PLUS: An essay by film scholar David Bordwell and notes by Hu from a 1975 Cannes Film Festival press kit

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