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Waker Film Reviews! A Touch of Zen (1971) 2013.04.30


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Posted 10 October 2014 - 10:55 PM

Release year: 1971
Director: King Hu

 

Liked
Rating: 4.5/5

Watched: Apr 30, 2013

A prime wuxia film. Probably the best. If not the one of the most iconic.

There are two parts to this film: the setup and the actual story.

Things I liked:
- It was able to keep my attention for the entire first half despite it being so suspenseful - you can notice it's really trying to keep the suspense going. The second half kept my attention too, and had actual martial arts.
- The first half was actually a pretty good view of old China from the people's POV, and I can see the atmosphere here that might have inspired Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.
- The monks. Mostly the main monk, who could beat movie Bruce Lee AND Jackie Chan (who wants no trouble) by himself. They (and he) made the whole movie worthwhile as a proper wuxia movie.
- That psychedelic ending worthy of making this film arthouse.


Edited by Waker, 12 October 2014 - 10:39 PM.

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