A cli-fi masterpiece of nature and power, violence and the sacred.
How has it taken me this long to see? What does it matter?
A Touch of Zen — King Hu’s foundational wuxia influential, now celebrating its 50th year on Earth — teaches us, with patience and wonder, that all we have, after our spasms of anger and war, is what we share with our living, breathing, loving world.
And so I (finally) found A Touch of Zen in Yosemite National Park, a sacred place for my family, while I was with more of them than ever. It was a personal, political interconnection which only intensified — surrounded as it was by some of the most beautiful land on Earth — A Touch of Zen’s meaning and impact.
It was a life-altering moment, in a life already so changed by so many repetitively apocalyptic events. I have written often of such cli-fi essentials, for what feels like far too long, to see so little change, so far.
Read about more of them below. And deeply meditate on your good fortune to have what you still yet have, while you have it.