- King Hu
- Hsu Feng, Shih Chun
In King Hu’s grandest work, Yang, a fugitive noblewoman at risk of being captured and executed, hides in a small village and then must escape into the wilderness with a shy scholar and two aides. There, the quartet face a massive group of fighters and are joined by a band of Buddhist monks surprisingly skilled in the art of battle. High-flying fantasy, Buddhist mysticism, lavishly embroidered history and eye-popping visuals, come together in this iconic epic of swordplay, sacrificial heroism, and star-crossed love. There would be no Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon without the stunning innovation and overarching influence of A Touch of Zen, the film that changed the course of the martial arts genre.