New York! Prepare Thy Selves For Old School Kung Fu Fest!

Andrew Mack, Contributing Writer
Attention fans of classic kung fu cinema! Subway Cinema and Anthology Film Archives are putting together a weekend to celebrate classic martial arts films from April 18th through 20th. As well, there will be a tribute to one of kung fu cinema's legendary figures, Lau Kar-leung.

The first director to treat kung fu realistically, pitting style against style (Northern Fist vs. Southern Leg! Monkey Boxing vs. Drunken Boxing!), he made movies where martial arts were a philosophy, where training elevated the soul, virtue was more important than survival, and invincible enemies were stabbed in the eardrums. Lau Kar-leung passed away last year at 78 years old, so we're unleashing five of his greatest movies (including Lau's masterpiece DIRTY HO, and the legendary 36th CHAMBER OF SHAOLIN, both on 35mm!) plus his show-stopping appearance in Sammo Hung's 
rarely-screened classic, PEDICAB DRIVER, as well as his and his brother's 
unstoppable action choreography in Jimmy Wang's MASTER OF THE FLYING 
GUILLOTINE, to pay tribute to the first true master of the martial arts cinema. 

There will also be an exhibition called My Way, Lau Kar-leung. Comic books artists have been called together to create original works inspired by the films in this years lineup and will be on display at the Anthology Films Archives during the fest. Below is the full lineup.

Friday, April 18 
6:00pm - CANTON VIPER 
7:45pm - 36th CHAMBER OF SHAOLIN 
10:30pm - PEDICAB DRIVER 
 
Saturday, April 19 
1:00pm - 36th CHAMBER OF SHAOLIN 
3:30pm - CHALLENGE OF THE MASTERS 
5:30pm - HEROES OF THE EAST 
7:45pm - Super Special Secret Screening!!! 
10:00pm - MASTER OF THE FLYING GUILLOTINE 
  
Sunday, April 20 
1:00pm - CANTON VIPER 
3:00pm - MASTER OF THE FLYING GUILLOTINE 
5:00pm - PEDICAB DRIVER 
7:00pm - DIRTY HO 
9:15pm - LEGENDARY WEAPONS OF CHINA

There are some recognizable titles in the mix and some rarely seen films including one from Korea, Canton Viper, that has never been screened on North American shores. Sammo Hung's Pedicab Driver is also a rarity and should be seen just for the fight between Sammo and Lau Kar-leung. And during the Super Secret Special Screening there will be announcements about this Summer's New York Asian Film Festival! 

Do not delay. Get your tickets now! Not all of these films have two screenings that weekend! 
Around the Internet:
  • loempiavreter

    Canton Viper is cool, one of Hwang Jang Lee's best

  • ToryK

    God, am I living in the wrong part of the country.

  • ColinJ

    PEDICAB DRIVER on the big screen will be amazing.

    That movie's lack of DVD release is a tragedy. You almost wish the Weinsteins would acquire it and release it as THE LEGEND OF THE PEDICAB DRIVER, or some other contrived title.

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