Item description for King Hu's A Touch of Zen (The New Hong Kong Cinema) by Stephen Teo...
A Touch of Zen is one of the first Chinese-language films to gain recognition in an international film festival (the Grand Prix in the 1975 Cannes Film Festival), creating the generic mould for the "crossover" success of Ang Lee's Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon in 2000. The film has achieved a cult status over the years but little has been written about it. This first book-length study of the classic martial arts film therefore redresses its critical neglect, and explores its multi-leveled dimensions and mysteries. One of the central features of the film is the enigmatic knight-lady (xia n) whose quest for revenge leads her to cross paths with a poor scholar whose interest in military strategy seals their alliance. Teo discusses the psychological manifestations and implications of this relationship and concludes that the film's continuing relevance lies in its portrait of sexuality and the feminist desires of the heroine. Teo also analyzes the film's form as an action piece and the director's preoccupation with Zen as a creative inspiration and as a subject in its own right. As such, he argues that the film is a highly unconventional and idiosyncratic work which attempts to transcend its own genre and reach the heights of universal transcendence. Teo grounds his study in both Western and Chinese literary sources, providing a broad and comprehensive treatise based on the film's narrative concepts and symbols.
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Studio: Hong Kong University Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 5.25" Height: 7.25" Weight: 0.6 lbs.
Release Date Feb 15, 2007
Publisher Hong Kong University Press
ISBN 9622098150 ISBN13 9789622098152
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More About Stephen Teo
STEPHEN TEO is Professor at Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia. Prio to this he was Professor and Associate Dean (Academic) at the University of Western Sydney. He previously worked in the banking and public sectors before holding academic positions at QUT, MGSM, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and the University of Technology, Sydney.
Stephen Teo has an academic affiliation as follows - Nanyang Technological University.