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King Hu's A Touch of Zen

Stephen Teo


A Touch of Zen is one of the first Chinese-language films to gain recognition in an international film festival (the Grand Prix in the 1975 Cannes Film Festival), creating the generic mould for the crossover success of Ang Lee's Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon in 2000. The film has achieved a cult status over the years but little has been written about it. This first book-length study of the classic martial arts film therefore redresses its critical neglect, and explores its multi-leveled dimensions and mysteries. One of the central features of the film is the enigmatic knight-lady whose quest f ... More

Keywords: A Touch of Zen, Chinese-language films, martial arts film, sexuality, feminist desires, Zen, genre, action piece, Zen

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9789622098152
Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789622098152.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephen Teo, author