>Zhang Ziyi in 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon''Swordswoman in White'

Jiànjué (Jiànjué). In jiànjué the first two fingers are extended together while the thumb holds the last two fingers against the palm. Jiànjué is a pointing gesture used in nuo excorcism rites. In jingju the jiànjué is used during sequences where the actor uses a jiàn (sword) or when the actor is showing anger.

This gesture is also used in wuxiapian films.

'Nameless' (Jet Li) in 'Hero''Sky' (Maggie Cheung) in 'Hero'


Ching, G. (2005). “The Sword & the Chalice: Master Zhang Anji Reveals the Secrets of Drunken Sword.” Kungfu Magazine. Jan/Feb.

Riley, J. (1997). Chinese Theatre and the Actor in Performance. Cambridge, UK:Cambridge University

Scott, A.C. (2001). The Classical Theatre of China. Mineola, NY:Dover Publications.

“Finger Gestures of the Sword.” (nd). Taoist Culture and Information Center glossary.


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