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  1. Eric Rucker's rating of the film A Touch of Zen

    Best spaghetti western ever. If you love Chinese painting you will enjoy the compositions and movements in space.

  2. C҉ă҉t҉ă҉l҉i҉n҉'s rating of the film A Touch of Zen

    People who appear desperate to be mature predicated on the drive to itself be mature are quick to claim this movie is a remarkable exercise in structural cinema that transcends wuxia's usual tropes in order to fulfill the genre's true, underlying potential. T̲r̲u̲t̲h̲: It's Lawrence of Arabia made in China. It's Edward Yang into Jackie Chan porn but severely dated. It's Tarantino for the cappuccino.

  3. Samuel T.'s rating of the film A Touch of Zen

    Psychological horror hallucination... at one point I thought I was going to see vampire teeth.

  4. cineholic's rating of the film A Touch of Zen

    8.5/10. Must be seen to be believed, A TOUCH OF ZEN is a surprising mashup of martial arts camp and sincere spirituality. Visually stunning with beautiful locations and masterful use of light and shadow. The fight scenes are stylistically unique with many fast cuts -- a bit disorienting at times. Probably will require a second viewing to get a better feel for the film.

  5. josh scam's rating of the film A Touch of Zen

    that magical place where transcendence and buffoonery coexist

  6. waywardwaters's rating of the film A Touch of Zen

    From secular to sacred leitmotifs (spider webs to sunlight), a panorama of existence in personal (Gu), political (Yang) and spiritual (Hui) meditation is explored by erudite, uber-auteur King Hu, his aesthetic iconography of Zen Buddhism, both symphonic and operatic, outshines all Abrahamic religions in transcendental righteousness, tapping past the hubris of humanism and into a well of profound esoteric power.

  7. FISCHER's rating of the film A Touch of Zen

    Magnifiquement photographié, un classique du genre auquel on se réfère systématiquement, qui a donné ses lettres de noblesse aux films d'arts martiaux, par ses incroyables chorégraphies combattantes, la conjonction entre une romance des plus classiques et une constante poétique de l'image à connotation fantastique.

  8. :::::'s rating of the film A Touch of Zen

    has anyone dealt with this as nationalist allegory?

  9. Terry_Moby's rating of the film A Touch of Zen

    3.7 ...seen with Western eyes in 2017... Everything feels a bit unbalanced: it starts with a very slow first act (a lot of running around in the empty fortress) and ends on a 70s psychedelic note. Strange... Multiple pleasures in between: the versatile editing and the ever moving camera among them.

  10. Matt Reddick's rating of the film A Touch of Zen

    Blown away, just like everyone else.... some of the best use of lens flare ever!

  11. Pedderrs's rating of the film A Touch of Zen

    Widely considered to be King Hu's best film, A Touch of Zen is a feast for the senses. The cinematography is nothing short of astonishing and the gravity-defying action sequences are impressive even by today's CGI standards. But I would argue that a story as simple as this one could have been told in under 200 minutes, even if the penultimate scene in the forest almost makes the three hour investment worth it.

  12. Aardsy's rating of the film A Touch of Zen

    Sweeping epic and dreamlike.

  13. Balthaz21's rating of the film A Touch of Zen

  14. smndvdcl's rating of the film A Touch of Zen

    There would be no 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon' or 'House of Flying Daggers' without this seminal wuxia film by King Hu. Masterful.

  15. Jason's rating of the film A Touch of Zen

    Do, do, do believe the hype. One of the great films of the seventies. Towers above all other traditional wuxia I have seen. And more than a touch of that there zen. Clearly an absolutely staggering amount of patience, discipline, artistry, and group cooperation went into making this theoretically impossible thing emerge as an actual thing you can actually watch. Criterion Blu-ray is beyond fantastic. Wow.

  16. msmichel's rating of the film A Touch of Zen

    Essential cinema. King Hu's masterpiece may well be the greatest 'wuxia' film ever made and has influenced a score of filmmakers ever since. Leisurely paced throughout the film casts a spell on the viewer and one is as impressed by the calm as the flashes of violence within. Technically the film is aces as well with memorable cinematography, editing and music.

  17. filmcapsule's rating of the film A Touch of Zen

    Some elements feel familiar, be it from other wuxia films or Westerns, but its huge scope and ambling narrative momentum make it feel so distinctive. If the politics become a bit distracting and abstruse, there is plenty else to make up for it, like the film's warm spirit, touches of humor, and graceful cinematography. A fascinating experience, with distinctive rhythms and textures.

  18. Kamran's rating of the film A Touch of Zen

    Develops narratively & cinematically towards powerful, thematically motivated ends. From dark spirits to the light of Dao. Fog and lighting mesmerize as nature and accelerating montage build up resonance, leaving one in awe of a profound film demanding of multiple viewings. 92/100 - Amazing.

  19. HKFanatic's rating of the film A Touch of Zen

    Web of intrigue. "A Touch of Zen" is the rare wuxia film that centers itself not on the martial guardians who drive the story, but an outsider who serves as our audience surrogate. Viewing the kung fu intrigue from this remove, the plot recedes into the background as one realizes King Hu is far more interested in the indifference of the natural world, and the thin barrier separating the spiritual plane from our own.

  20. film_lies101's rating of the film A Touch of Zen

    I haven't seen many wuxia, but this a masterpiece in any genre. Every aspect of the film is masterful! I won't pretend that I even "got" the last 1 1/2 hour

  21. xuxuxush's rating of the film A Touch of Zen

    not much narrative or character development, but a series of stunning scenes and an astounding soundtrack. Those sudden swooping shots from above left me breathless.

  22. Ozu_Teapot's rating of the film A Touch of Zen

  23. Andrew Miller's rating of the film A Touch of Zen

    Thrilling-- I wish I had known about this in my adolescent Kung Fu Theater days. It would have changed my life.

  24.'s rating of the film A Touch of Zen

    Nirgendwo gilt ein Prophet weniger als im eigenen Land. King Hu, der grösste Meister des Hongkong Films musste das am eigenen Leib erfahren. Deshalb gilt er heute als vergessener Klassiker. mehr auf

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