With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013

With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013
With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013

Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Subway Cinema's THE HONG-KONG-A-THON PART III: HONG KONG NEVER DIES! coming to Anthology Film Archives on January 8, 2022

When: Saturday, January 8, 2022
Screenings begin at 12:30 p.m.
Where: Anthology Film Archives, NYC
32 Second Avenue New York, NY 10003

They said it was over. They said it couldn’t happen again. But just when you thought it was safe to go back into movie theaters…the Hong-Kong-a-Thon returns! Six movies! All on 35mm! Almost 12 hours of some of the gnarliest, scariest, weirdest, wildest movies from Hong Kong, flying through your eyes and giving your brain a deep tissue massage…with their fists! The titles won't be announced until they appear on screen because it’s more fun that way.

The wonderful folk at Subway Cinema dug deep and found prints for some lost classics that never made it onto DVD or Blu-ray. In fact, some of these movies are only available on VHS, and it seems that three of them haven't been projected since their release dates. Made between 1987 and 1993, these movies are out to hurt you, and you’re going to love every second of it! More info at www.subwaycinema.com.

All tickets will be $30.


Friday, December 10, 2021

Joseph Kuo's 7 Grandmasters reviewed; screens tomorrow in NY

Courtesy of Mei An Entertainment Group Ltd.
7 Grandmasters / Jue quan
Directed by Joseph Kuo
Taiwan, 1977, 89 minutes

7 Grandmasters, one of the best kung fu films from Taiwan director Joseph Kuo, will be screened this coming Sunday, December 12th at 1:00 p.m. at New York's Museum of the Moving Image. It is being shown as part of the 9th Old School Kung Fu Fest: Joseph Kuo Edition, which is being presented by the Museum of the Moving Image and Subway Cinema in association with the Taipei Cultural Center in New York, Ministry of Culture, Republic of China (Taiwan). 

In this tale, Shangguang Zheng (also spelled Sang Kuan-chun), grandmaster of the Bai Mei strike technique, puts off his retirement and travels with his daughter and three male disciples to challenge seven other grandmasters to prove his worthiness of receiving an accolade from the imperial court. Along the way they are joined by Sha Shaoyiang, who fervently desires to also become a disciple, despite Zheng's insistence that he is not taking on any new students as he's on the verge of retiring.

As you can imagine, what with seven grandmasters to face, the film is packed with high-octane action sequences that have been choreographed by Corey Yuen and Yuen Cheung-yan. Throw in subplots featuring the traditional themes of "you killed my master" and "you killed my father" as well as a sneak attack of black-cad would be assassins, and even the most demanding of old school kung fu fans will be more than satisfied.

AsianCineFest Rating: 3.5 out of 4 stars, very highly rated.

Buy tickets for 7 Grandmasters here.

Learn more about Joseph Kuo at Subway Cinema’s website.

Monday, November 29, 2021

Flash Forward: Debut Works and Recent Films by Notable Japanese Directors to be presented by Japan Society NY from December 3-23

Moonlight Whispers (Directed by Akihiko Shiota, 1999. 97 minutes)

Flash Forward: Debut Works and Recent Films by Notable Japanese Directors kicks off this Friday, Dec. 3rd. With 18 films available for nationwide streaming, plus two exclusive in-person screenings in Japan Society NY's auditorium, the series compiles must-see works from six of Japan's best-known directors: Naomi Kawase, Miwa Nishikawa, Shuichi Okita, Junji Sakamoto, Akihiko Shiota and Masayuki Suo.

Running from Dec. 3 to Dec. 23, Flash Forward presents two distinct facets of each filmmaker’s career, pairing their respective debuts with more recent works.

In addition to online screenings available for nationwide streaming, Japan Society present two new 4K restorations of films by master filmmaker Sadao Yamanaka in its auditorium. Plus: Free to stream—six films from filmmakers on the rise.

In-Person Screenings:
- Tickets: $15 / $10 members
- Tickets for In-Person Screenings are on sale now.

Online Screenings:
- Rentals: $10 for 3-day rental
- On-Sale Date: December 3

All-Access Pass: $55 for all online films (Available for purchase now through December 2nd only)

Members receive 20% off online rentals and the all-access pass. Not a member? Join today to receive exclusive benefits for the whole family.

Learn more about the films here.

Sunday, November 28, 2021

9th Old School Kung Fu Fest: Joseph Kuo Edition coming December 6-13

Museum of the Moving Image and Subway Cinema
In association with
Taipei Cultural Center in New York, Ministry of Culture, Republic of China (Taiwan)
9th Old School Kung Fu Fest: Joseph Kuo Edition!
December 6-13, 2021

The Old School Kung Fu Fest is back, and this time Museum of the Moving Image and Subway Cinema will co-present eight newly restored films and one fan favorite classic by Kuo on glorious 35mm — four titles available exclusively online, December 6–13, and another five films for in-person big-screen viewing at MoMI, December 10–12.

Whether you know his name or not, when someone says “Old School Kung Fu” the first image that flashes across your brain is probably from a Joseph Kuo movie. Taiwan’s ultimate independent filmmaker, Kuo put his stamp on the Seventies as his own boss, writing, producing, and directing dozens of movies through his production company, Hong Hwa International Films, which he founded in 1973.

Kuo’s credo was simple: “I cannot let down the person who buys my works.” He learned to deliver maximum impact on minimum budgets, taking the latest trends of the day and turning them into hard-hitting spectacles boasting unlimited mayhem. To make his movies rock the hardest on the smallest of budgets he assembled a rotating cast of charismatic action stars that included Wen Chiang-lung (who looks like Bruce Lee after a Cantopop makeover), the musclebound Carter Huang, the puckish Li Yi-Min, the underrated female fighter, Jeanie Chang, the versatile Jack Long and Mark Long. Working with action choreographers like Corey Yuen, one of the Seven Little Fortunes, and Yuen Cheung-yan, brother of Yuen Wo-ping, his flicks feature wall-to-wall fight scenes, and in an attempt to please every single audience member these fight scenes go on, and on, and on, continually changing location and upping the stakes, so that just when you think you’ve seen every possible variation on two guys standing in a field kicking the stuffing out of each other, Kuo takes it to another level.

Full of funky editing tricks that momentarily turn his movies into experimental flicks, Kuo hooks eyeballs with convoluted storytelling structures packed with frenetic flashbacks that force viewers to pay close attention. Everyone is related to everyone else, everyone has a secret identity, there’s almost always a last minute revelation popping up out of nowhere, usually with evil laughter on its lips, and every movie single revolves around revenge. While the first half hour of any Joseph Kuo film takes some patience while he clears his throat and gets down to business, once things kick off it’s a non-stop roller coaster ride that ends in an apocalyptic beatdown that leaves the main characters doling out a galaxy-shattering finishing movie before confronting the futility of vengeance. Delivering martial arts mayhem and a moving moral message in 90 minutes or less, Joseph Kuo gets in, delivers the goods, makes his point, then gets out, leaving you hungry for more. And in this year’s Old School Kung Fu Fest we’re offering plenty more.

For complete information about the 9th Old School Kung Fu Fest: Joseph Kuo EditionI, click here.

Saturday, November 27, 2021

Subway Cinema's new website is up; past write-ups being added

Subway Cinema Inc. is a New York-based 501(c)(3) not-for-profit volunteer-run organization dedicated to the exhibition and appreciation of Asian popular cinema and preservation of America’s Asian film exhibition heritage

Founded in 1999 in New York City as a labor of love for five film fans (Paul Kazee, Grady Hendrix, Brian Naas, Nat Olson, and Goran Topalovic), the organization has played a key role in nurturing the growth of Asian film culture in the U.S. by championing the works of Johnnie To, Tsui Hark, Park Chan-wook, Bong Joon-ho, Takashi Miike, Kim Jee-woon, Ryoo Seung-wan, Seijin Suzuki, Sion Sono, and other notable directors.

The organization recently got its new website up and running and is gradually adding all of its past write-ups. Check out the website, including information about the organization's 9th Old School Kung Fu Fest: Joseph Kuo Edition! (December 6-13, 2021)  at https://www.subwaycinema.com/.