King Hu's A Touch Of Zen (1971) has rightfully been called one of the greatest Chinese films of all-time. It is an epic wuxia (martial arts) film that transforms at times into a first rate art film as well. Hu calls to mind, perhaps Japan's greatest samurai director Akira Kurosawa and his epic saga Seven Samurai in several ways. Both directors were consummate artists that had a very singular vision and detailed knowledge of the historical periods of their actions adventure films. As a result both directors were known for their detailed story boards that brought their vision to life for the cast and crew. Furthermore, both directors were demanding of their casts and took a very hands on approach to set design, lighting, acting, and every faucet of the production in order to achieve their singular visions. Hu was known for his great innovation in using Beijing opera features to the films with the leaping combatants as well as the epic battle in the bamboo grove that was paid homage to by Ang Lee in his modern wuxia epic Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. The set design of the haunted temple is majestic as are all of the location scenes of stunning widescreen landscapes that were filmed in Taiwan and flow like ancient tapestries. It was originally released in two parts,b ut th edirector preffered the epic three hour 20 minute version that has been given the Criterion treatment. The features include: a 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray, a documentary from 2012 about director King Hu, new interviews with actors Hsu Feng and Shih Chun, a new interview with filmmaker Ang Lee, a new interview with film scholar Tony Rayns, trailer, a new English subtitle translation, and an essay by film scholar David Bordwell and notes by Hu from a 1975 Cannes Film Festival press kit.