Jeff Smith 2 p.m., Dec. 18
King Hu in Taiwan: A Touch of Zen
Newly restored HD print (1971).
This is director King Hu's magnum opus, at once a sprawling epic drama of religious proportions and an anthology of brilliant action set pieces, including one that famously inspired the bamboo forest scene in Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon.
A Touch of Zen won a technical award at Cannes in 1975, the first prize ever won by a Chinese-language film in one of the world's top festivals.
King Hu in Taiwan is San Diego's first ever retrospective honoring one of the world's most revered martial arts (wuxia) film directors of all time, King Hu.
- Cost: $8 - $10