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A Touch of Zen (The Criterion Collection)(Blu-ray)(Region A)

A Touch of Zen (The Criterion Collection)(1971) Blu-ray
 
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A Touch of Zen Blu-ray
俠女 / Xia nü
Criterion | 1971 | 180 min | Not rated | Jul 19, 2016

Discs
50GB Blu-ray Disc
Single disc (1 BD)
UPC 715515181914

FOREIGN
PERIOD
MARTIAL ARTS
ACTION

A Touch of Zen (The Criterion Collection)(1971) Blu-ray

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
Writer: King Hu
Starring: Chun Shih, Feng Hsu, Han Hsieh, Ying Bai, Ming-Wai Chan, Jackie Chan

A Touch of Zen

"Visionary" barely begins to describe this masterpiece of Chinese cinema and martial arts moviemaking. A Touch of Zen by King Hu 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.

Special Features:
- New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
- 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
STREET DATE: JULY 19.

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