Seduction and Politics, Fight and Flight

Stephen Teo

in King Hu's A Touch of Zen

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print November 2006 | ISBN: 9789622098152
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882207110 | DOI:
Seduction and Politics, Fight and Flight

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This chapter deals with the allegorical nature of the piece, the xia nü's plight as a political refugee, and the sealing of her predestined union with the male scholar hero. It picks up on the scene of Yang Huizhen's seduction of Gu Shengzhai which takes place under moonlight in a water pavilion, part of the grounds of the “haunted” general's mansion. Meanwhile, what Hu does in the battle of the bamboo forest is to give a preview of the fantastic-marvelous. But clearly, the fantastic powers of Yang are still limited to vaulting and caroming from the trunk of the tree in simulation of flight.

Keywords: allegory; scholar hero; haunted; Gu Shengzhai; Yang Huizhen; xia nü

Chapter.  7442 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Film

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