A Touch of Zen

1969

A Touch of Zen

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According to this drama, set in 14th-century China, a state-run secret police organization made life a living hell for anyone with the temerity to cross it. In the story, a noblewoman is in hiding. When a police spy tries to take her to his masters, she beats him in single combat.

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  • ...the film's supernatural machinery evaporates only to be replaced with a magical kind of Buddhist spiritualism (the titular 'touch of Zen') that reconfigures everything that has preceded into religio-philosophical allegory.

    Jan 20, 2016 | Full Review…
  • The visual style will set your eyes on fire.

    Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…

    Tony Rayns

    Time Out
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  • [King Hu] has not ignored traditional mayhem here, but he has demonstrated that pictorial artistry, Zen mysticism and the stylized martial arts, can make a fascinating mix.

    May 9, 2005 | Full Review…
  • A widely acclaimed martial arts film (1971) by Hong Kong's King Hu, one of the handful of directors to have worked in the genre with artistic ambitions.

    May 24, 2003 | Full Review…
  • Hu directs a film that stands apart from the plethora of wuxia titles for many reasons, but particularly because the script does not exist to provide a background for the action, but it is elaborately written filled with social and philosophical comments

    Nov 3, 2018 | Full Review…
  • With the first shots of Zen we are plunged into a nature marked by eerie majesty.

    Apr 10, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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