Choice Cuts: the newest Reverse Shot symposium

The latest edition of the regular series of symposiums from Reverse Shot is now online. Following up from last year's symposium highlighting memorable single shots in a variety of films, this time they asked writers to focus on a single cut from a film: "The cut could be anything—a mundane scene transition, a simple invisible shot/ (ahem) reverse shot, a disorienting jump cut, a dissolve, fade—any transition from one shot to another. The difficult part is in the reckoning: Is the cut expressive of an idea or emotion, political or moral standpoint, or is it merely a means of conveyance (with all the conceptual baggage that classical editing implies)? What does this cut tell us about the narrative or the author? What is this cut revealing or eliding?"

It was my pleasure to submit a piece on one of my favorite films, King Hu's A Touch of Zen. I had also included a video clip of the cut to go with my essay. It didn't seem to have made the final cut of the symposium, so I'll embed it here for your reference.