Fifth about The Seventh

A Touch of Zen (Xia Nü)

A Touch of ZenA Touch of Zen: King Hu’s film is certainly a great visual feast; the images achieved by directors of photography Yeh-hsing Chou and Hui-Ying Hua are incredible to look at, used to full effect to display the locations and beautiful, colorful costumes. The plot, however, is somewhat loose and meanders, leaving behind, many times, some characters. The action scenes are dynamic, well-edited (by King Hu himself and Chin-Chen Wang), but have a somewhat naïve feel by today’s standards. Acting in general, likewise, has an old, big (but not extremely so) quality to it, but Feng Hsu has a nice presence.

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