A Touch of Zen (Xia nü)

Wuxia Cinema: The Magic of Martial Arts

A Touch of Zen (Xia nü)

Directed by King Hu
(Taiwan/Hong Kong, 1971, digital, in Mandarin with English subtitles)

Free Admission with Ticket

The grandest work from legendary filmmaker King Hu, A Touch of Zen follows a fugitive noblewoman (Feng Hsu) at risk of being captured and executed. She hides in a small village and then escapes into the wilderness with a shy scholar and two aides. There, they face a massive group of fighters and are joined by a band of Buddhist monks surprisingly skilled in the art of battle.

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The MFAH film department is supported by Tenaris; the Vaughn Foundation; The Consulate General of the Republic of Korea; Nina and Michael Zilkha; Consulate General of Italy in Houston; Italian Cultural Institute in Los Angeles; Consulate General of Brazil in Houston; Franci Neely; Carrin Patman and Jim Derrick; Ms. Laurence Unger; L’Alliance Française de Houston; and ILEX Foundation.

Generous support provided by the Ministry of Culture, Republic of China (Taiwan); and the Taiwan Academy of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Houston.

A Touch of Zen (Xia nü)

Directed by King Hu
(Taiwan/Hong Kong, 1971, 180 minutes)
Brown Auditorium Theater


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