Touch of Zen (Part 2)

Watching  the second half of this film, I really came to enjoy the fight sequences. I wanted to learn more about his influences in that part of his creativity. I found out that he encouraged his martial arts choreographers to draw from the alternately fluid and rhythmic movements of Chinese operas. Rather than resorting to fast or slow motion, Hu relied as much as possible on the actual skills of his performers and on the magic of editing. This made more sense when I found out that in his youth, King Hu was captivated by Beijing Opera. In interviews, Hu talked about watching the martial arts segments of operas featuring Sun Wukong and reading comic books adapted from operas and martial arts novels.The early appreciation of opera is seen in his movies. Although the films often have quite complex plots, Hu spends as little time as possible on explanation, preferring characters express through action. beijing-china-olympics-6732410-o.jpg

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