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The <i>Wuxia</i> Films of King Hu

Stephen Teo

in Chinese Martial Arts Cinema

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780748632855
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748670833 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748632855.003.0006
The Wuxia Films of King Hu

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King Hu is the most internationally prominent director of the new school wuxia wave that hit the Hong Kong cinema from the mid-1960s onwards. His prominence lies in the recognition that his wuxia films are the most artistic, most philosophical, and culturally relevant in the whole martial arts genre of the Chinese cinema. Hu’s films are analyzed in some detail – in particular, his masterpieces Come Drink With Me (1966), Dragon Inn (1967), and A Touch of Zen (1972). All these films feature female warriors which became a defining mascot of the Chinese martial arts cinema, otherwise erroneously thought to be wholly dominated by men. Hu’s fame continues to reverberate today largely due to his championing of the female knight-errant (xia nü) figure.

Keywords: King Hu; female knight-errant; Zen; new school

Chapter.  14356 words. 

Subjects: Film

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