King Hu’s classic movie A Touch of Zen is getting a release on Blu-ray & DVD in a Limited Edition (2000 units) Three-Disc Set as part of the Masters of Cinema Series for the first time in the UK on 25 January 2016 with a gorgeous new 4K restoration.
Widely regarded as on of the greatest swordplay epics 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 of such modern wuxia films as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and House of Flying Daggers.
If this is anything like there excellent release of Dragon Inn then it should be a must buy for fans of the genre. The discs will probably be region locked to 2/B.