Curious about Wuxia?

Forum Hexham present Curious about Wuxia?, a mini cinema season celebrating Wuxia, the genre of Chinese fiction focusing on the adventures of almost superhuman martial artists in ancient China. The mini season consists of two landmark films of the genre, the 1971 epic, A Touch of Zen on 19th July and the Academy Award winning 2000 film, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon on 26th July.

A Touch of Zen is a masterpiece of Asian cinema from director King Hu. The film follows a fugitive noblewoman seeking refuge in an allegedly haunted village, receiving help from the village residents and some seriously skilled Buddhist monks. The film was the first Chinese language film to win at Cannes and the first Wuxia to receive an international award. Heavily inspired by A Touch of Zen, Ang Lee’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon can be claimed as the first film to bring Wuxia to the attention of international audiences, being an overwhelming critical and financial success worldwide. Lee pays homage to his predecessor in various themes and sequences throughout, and like A Touch of Zen, the film provides important representation for female leads in cinema, something that was greatly lacking in Hollywood action movies of the time.


What's On

A Touch of Zen

The Forum Cinema, Hexham

Tuesday 19 July, 7 p.m.


Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

The Forum Cinema, Hexham

Tuesday 26 July, 7:15 p.m.