Film: "A Touch of Zen"
Film: "A Touch of Zen"
WhenThursday, November 7, 2019, 2 PM
SponsorAsian Art Museum
VenueFreer Gallery of Art
Event LocationFreer, Meyer Auditorium
CostFree. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Auditorium doors open approximately 30 minutes before each show.
Related EventsDC Chinese Film Festival
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King Hu’s martial arts masterpiece depicts the journey of Yang, a fugitive noblewoman in disguise who seeks refuge in a remote, and allegedly haunted, village. The sanctuary she and her three companions find with a shy scholar is shattered when a nefarious swordsman uncovers her identity, pitting the five against legions of blade-wielding opponents. At once a wuxia film, the tale of a spiritual quest, and a study in human nature, A Touch of Zen is an unparalleled work in Hu's formidable career and an epic of the highest order, characterized by breathtaking action choreography, stunning widescreen landscapes, and innovative editing. The film won the Technical Grand Prize award at the 1975 Cannes Film Festival. Description adapted from the Criterion Channel. (Dir.: King Hu, Taiwan, 1971, 180 min., DCP, Mandarin with English subtitles)

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