“Touch of Zen” (Xia nu)
“Touch of Zen” won significant critical acclaim and became the first Chinese language action film ever to win a prize at the Cannes Film Festival, claiming the Technical Grand Prize award. A female fugitive being taken back to the city for execution, is befriended by Ku, a well-meaning but unambitious scholar and painter. Together, they plot against the corrupt eunuch Wei who seeks to eliminate all traces of her family after her father attempts to warn the Emperor of the eunuch’s corruption. Film is courtesy of the Chinese Taipei Film Archive.
“Dragon Gate Inn” (Long men kezhan)
A film by director King Hu; Hong Kong, 1967; 111 minutes; Mandarin with English subtitles
Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012 ? 7:00pm ? Auditorium A, Angell Hall ? 435 S. State Street, Ann Arbor, MI
Tsao, the emperor’s first eunuch, has successfully bested General Yu, his political opponent, but Yu’s children have been exiled out of China. Tsao plots to have the children killed at the desolate Dragon Gate Inn while they are being escorted to the western border, but forces loyal to Yu race against time to find Yu’s children and lead them to safety. Film is courtesy of the Chinese Taipei Film Archive.