The Touch (2002 film)

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The Touch
The Touch FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed by Peter Pau
Produced by Thomas Chung
Michelle Yeoh
Written by Julien Carbon
Laurent Courtiaud
Starring Michelle Yeoh
Ben Chaplin
Richard Roxburgh
Music by Basil Poledouris
Cinematography Peter Pau
Release date
  • 1 August 2002 (2002-08-01)
Running time
103 minutes
Country China
Language English

The Touch (Chinese: 天脈傳奇; pinyin: Tiān Mài Chuánqí; literally: The Legend of the Heavenly Pulse or The Legend of the Heavenly Mountain Range) is a 2002 Hong Kong action/adventure martial arts film directed by Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon cinematographer Peter Pau and starring Michelle Yeoh, Ben Chaplin and Richard Roxburgh. It was produced by China Film Co-production Corporation, Han Entertainment, Mythical Films, Pandasia Entertainment and Tianjan Studios, with the distribution handled by Miramax Films.

Apart from special effects sequences shot in soundstages, the film was shot on-location in Nepal and China. Some of the mountain ranges in which the film was shot were not open to filmmakers earlier.


The Touch tells the story of a Chinese family of martial artists and acrobats who have been performing for many generations. The family are, in secret, guardians of a holy treasure accessible only by a spectacular jump which, to everyone else, is impossible to perform.

One of the family members (the main character's brother) and his girlfriend are kidnapped by a ruthless treasure hunter (Roxburgh) to procure the priceless relic for him. Yeoh's character Pak Yin, with the help of Eric (Chaplin), her master thief ex-boyfriend, pursues them into an ancient desert where legends say the treasure is buried in order to uncover and protect the treasure that her ancestors had sworn to keep safe. The action culminates in a climactic sequence set in the booby-trapped subterranean Buddhist temple.


The film was generally panned by critics for its cliched storyline and primitive visual effects.

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