A Touch of Zen
Widely regarded as the greatest martial arts epic of all time, King Hu’s A Touch of Zen won awards worldwide (including at Cannes), smashed box-office records and had an incalculable influence on the genre as a whole.
An unambitious painter named Gu (Shih Jun) lives with his mother in the vicinity of an abandoned mansion rumoured to be haunted. In actuality, the mansion has become a hiding place for the warrior Yang (Hsu Feng) and her own mother, both taking refuge following the assassination of their loyal minister father by the wicked eunuch Wei of East Chamber. After the eunuch sends an army to pursue the escapees, the group fortify the mansion with traps and false intimations of the terrifying ghosts within. But even after, things take yet more unsettling turns...
Famed for its iconic set pieces, including the central bamboo forest battle, A Touch of Zen is one of cinema’s truly peerless action sagas and the precursor par excellence of such modern wuxia films as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and House of Flying Daggers.
A Touch of Zen is released in a Limited Edition Three-Disc Dual Format set on 25th January from Eureka Entertainment, as part of their The Masters of Cinema Series. The release includes the following special features:
- Gorgeous new 4K restoration, on both Blu-ray and DVD
- New English subtitle translation
- Limited edition third disc with the documentary King Hu 1932-1997, a new video essay by critic David Cairns, and more.
- Booklet featuring an interview with King Hu, new writing and more!
“An awesome kung-fu flick with jaw-dropping fights and beautiful scenery.”
– Film 4
“Looking as fresh as if it was made yesterday, rather than three decades ago, A Touch Of Zen is Eastern cinema at its most dynamic and grown-up.”
– Total Film
“A Touch of Zen is at the same time a study of rural life, a ghost story, a discussion of philosophical ideas and a thrilling fight film, with each element being handled with rare skill by Hu.”
– Radio Times
“All the lunacy and high-flown imagination you could hope for.”