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King Hu's a Touch of Zen

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King Hu's A Touch of Zen is the first book-length study of a classic martial arts film from 1971- the first Chinese-language film to gain recognition in an international film festival (it won a major prize at the 1975 Cannes Film Festival) and which provided the generic mould for the latter "crossover" success of Ang Lee's Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon in 2000.
Paperback, 179 pages
Published February 1st 2007 by Hong Kong University Press (first published November 1st 2006)
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Aug 16, 2016 Martin rated it really liked it
I am so glad that I read this book, because although I am a huge fan of King Hu, I am often left confused by his films’ endings or impatient with their beginnings. I always feel like I’m watching a master, but also feel that his cinematic language is too literate and simply beyond me. This book explains certain themes in Hu’s work, providing historical background on the film’s source material (particularly the overt homosexuality which Hu turns latent or codified in the film) and discussing in d ...more
May 17, 2008 Ed rated it really liked it
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This book is beautifully and cogently written Teo is simply a wonderful writer (and a meticulous researcher) and has been studying the Hong Kong film world for years and the "New Hong Kong Cimema Series" format of one film = one book gives him all the room he needs to tell a detailed story from several differnt angles.
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Stephen Teo is currently associate professor at the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

He has done significant research work in the field of the Hong Kong cinema, and his research areas include other Asian cinemas, revolving around subjects of genre theory, film history, auteur studies, cultural studies, national cinema, and investigati
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