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    A Touch of Zen

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    Running Time: 200 Minutes
    Retail Price: £27.95
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    Widely regarded as the greatest martial arts epic of all time, 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. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present King Hu’s masterpiece in a Limited Edition (2000 units) Three-Disc Dual Format edition for the first time in the UK.

    Special Features:
    • LIMITED EDITION OF 3000 - With Bonus disc and slipcase
    • LIMITED EDITION EXCLUSIVE: King Hu 1932-1997, a 47-minute documentary on the director featuring interviews with colleagues, collaborators and historians
    • LIMITED EDITION EXCLUSIVE: Golden Blood, a new video essay by critic and filmmaker David Cairns
    • New 1080p transfer of the film on Blu-ray, with a progressive encode on the DVD
    • Newly translated English subtitles
    • Select scene commentary by critic and Asian cinema expert Tony Rayns
    • Trailer
    • 36-PAGE BOOKLET featuring:
    • - King Hu's director statement from the Cannes Film Festival
    • - A 1975 interview with King Hu by Tony Rayns
    • - The original short story the film is based on
    • - The eight characteristics of "the swordswoman" in King Hu's films
    • - Archival images

    Video Tracks:
    2.35:1 OAR Colour

    Audio Tracks:
    Mandarin mono

    Subtitle Tracks:
    English (Optional)

    Directed By:
    King Hu

    Written By:

    Shih Jun
    Hsu Feng
    Bai Ying

    Music From:
    Tai Kong Ng
    Ta Chiang Wu

    Director of Photography:
    Yeh-hsing Chou
    Hui-Ying Hua

    King Hu ... (as Jinquan Hu)
    Chin-Chen Wang

    Liang Fang Hsia-Wu

    Executive Producer:
    Jung-Feng Sha

    Eureka! The Masters of Cinema

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