VIENNA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: OCTOBER 25 – NOVEMBER 8, 2018

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A Touch of Zen

King Hu
Taiwan, 1971
Fiction, 180min, OmeU

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King Hu
Taiwan, 1971
Fiction, 180min, OmeU

Actors: 
Hsu Feng
Yang Hui-ching
Shih Jun
Ku Shen Chai
Pai Ying
General Shih Wen-chiao
Roy Chiao
Hui Yuan
Contributors: 
Choreography
Han Ying-chieh
An Yaokun
Screenplay: 
King Hu based on «The Magnanimous Girls» by Pu Sung-ling
Camera: 
Hua Hui-ying
Cou Yeh-hsing
Editor: 
King Hu
Composer: 
Ng Tai-kong
Decoration: 
King Hu
Costume: 
Li Chia-chih

Production: 
International Film Company
Lian Bang
Union Film Company
World Sales: 
Taiwan Film Institute
Format: 
DCP
Color

King Hu is revered as a wildly creative and impeccable craftsman of the wuxia genre. While other directors experimented across genres and unleashed countless films per year, Hu was the perfectionist with a razor-sharp vision of Chinese aesthetics and philosophy, and how those principles could translate into bravura action editing, elaborate staging, and cutting-edge special effects. The director made his greatest films in the exploding Taiwanese film industry of the 60’s and early 70’s. A TOUCH OF ZEN is Hu’s magnum opus, at once a sprawling epic drama of religious proportions and an anthology of brilliant action set pieces, including one that famously inspired the bamboo forest scene in CROUCHING TIGER HIDDEN DRAGON. A TOUCH OF ZEN won a technical award at Cannes in 1975, the first prize ever won by a Chinese-language film in one of the world’s top festivals.