in about 100 words or less
Taiwan 180m, Colour
Director: King Hu; Cast: Hsu Feng, Shih Chun, PaiYing, Roy Chiao, Xue Han, Tien Peng
An epic martial arts film set in ancient China during the Ming Dynasty, A Touch of Zen is the story of Gu Sheng-tsai, a painter and intellectual who is befriended by Yang Hui-zhen, a fugitive wanted by corrupt Eastern Chamber guards. In helping Yang, Gu helps plan a “Ghost Trap” intended to confuse and frighten their enemies. A major influence on later martial arts films such as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000), A Touch of Zen is perhaps best known for its beautifully filmed acrobatic bamboo forest fight scenes (Klaus Ming September 2016).