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King Hu's A Touch of Zen$
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Stephen Teo

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9789622098152

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789622098152.001.0001

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Seduction and Politics, Fight and Flight

Seduction and Politics, Fight and Flight

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King Hu's A Touch of Zen

Stephen Teo

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter deals with the allegorical nature of the piece, the xia nü's plight as a political refugee, and the sealing of her predestined union with the male scholar hero. It picks up on the scene of Yang Huizhen's seduction of Gu Shengzhai which takes place under moonlight in a water pavilion, part of the grounds of the “haunted” general's mansion. Meanwhile, what Hu does in the battle of the bamboo forest is to give a preview of the fantastic-marvelous. But clearly, the fantastic powers of Yang are still limited to vaulting and caroming from the trunk of the tree in simulation of flight.

Keywords:   allegory, scholar hero, haunted, Gu Shengzhai, Yang Huizhen, xia nü

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