170 Great Directors: King Hu

“The audience is the camera. I don’t want the audience to sit and watch, I want it to move.”

What Got This Director Here?
: His two part saga of Touch of Zen + Dragon Inn.

My Favorite Past Experience Was…: N/A.

What Did I Watch: Come Drink With Me.

Where Does He Fit: Come Drink With me is truly awesome stuff, especially if you are a big fan of Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon. That movie may have something more primal about it, but the sight of the original restaurant scene with the actress who would go on to play Jade Fox in the Zhang Ziyi role is quietly revelatory. No offense to the younger actress, who I love, but she doesn’t really have the intensity of Cheng Pei-Pei, who is utterly hypnotic. The plot is pointless and stupid, but King Hu’s editing style is fascinating. A single cut holds tremendous power and lends the material an epic scope.


Most Valuable Asset: The magic of men fighting.
Most Excited For: Touch of Zen.
Did They Deserve a Spot?: This makes a compelling case.

Coming Up Next: Jia Zhangke, modern Chinese critic.


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