Film

A KING AMONG MEN

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BAMcinématek’s series “All Hail the King: The Films of King Hu (1932–1997)” not only reinforces the canonical status of such influential wuxia works as 1966’s Come Drink with Me and 1971’s epic 200-minute A Touch of Zen, but also provides some much-needed exposure to lesser-seen titles that are even harder to track down on home video. One such example screens tonight: Hu’s final film, 1993’s Painted Skin, about a scholar (Adam Cheng) who lustfully invites an itinerant woman (Joey Wong) into his home, only to discover that she is a ghost. The film’s final third contains flashes of Hu’s talent for staging kinetic action sequences, but some of his most revelatory direction is found in the earlier passages, when he uses borderline expressionistic signifiers — prowling shadows, cavernous alleyways, candlelit bedrooms — to complement his metaphysical themes with an atmosphere of Gothic horror.

Mondays-Sundays, 8 p.m. Starts: June 10. Continues through June 17, 2014

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