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Chinese Martial Arts CinemaThe Wuxia Tradition$
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Stephen Teo

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780748632855

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748632855.001.0001

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Wuxia After a Touch of Zen

Wuxia After a Touch of Zen

(p.143) 6. Wuxia After a Touch of Zen
Chinese Martial Arts Cinema

Stephen Teo

Edinburgh University Press

In 1975, King Hu’s A Touch of Zen became one of the rare Chinese films to ever win a prize at the Cannes Film Festival. The film is positioned here as a landmark in the development of the wuxia genre in the Hong Kong and Taiwan film industries, the two most productive in terms of the wuxia output. The chapter discusses director Chu Yuan’s remarkable series of wuxia films adapted from the popular novels of Gu Long. The Hong Kong cinema, led by a corps of young ‘new wave’ mavericks (including Tsui Hark, Ann Hui, Patrick Tam and Wong Kar-wai), went on to produce a body of stunning kung fu and wuxia films that brought the martial arts genre to new heights.

Keywords:   Chu Yuan, Gu Long, Hong Kong new wave, kung fu, wuxia

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