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.