The folks at Subway Cinema will present the 2016 edition of the Old School Kung Fu Fest at the brand new arthouse cinema Metrograph, from April 8th through the 10th. This year’s event is being dubbed a tribute to legendary Hong Kong studio Golden Harvest, the home of everyone from Bruce Lee, to Sammo Hung, to Jackie Chan, to Tsui Hark. Check out the torrent of hits from the studio being screened below.
A Terra-Cotta Warrior
Zhang Yimou and Gong Li star in a film produced by Tsui Hark, with action by Ching Siu-tung.
Rumble in the Bronx
Jackie Chan presents the ultimate 90’s movie. The hills of Canada doubled for the Bronx, but we quickly forgave Jackie, as he fearlessly embarked on some of the most daring stunts of his career.
When his career flamed out in the 80s, Sammo Hung went out in style, turning in three of his best films (Millionaire’s Express, Eastern Condors and Pedicab Driver). Out of the three, Pedicab Driver is the most hardcore, a throwback to old school kung fu classics.
The Prodigal Son
The Prodigal Son stars Hong Kong cinema legends Sammo Hung, Yuen Biao and Lam Ching-ying. The story centers on a rich man’s son (Yuen Biao) who believes himself to be the best kung fu fighter in Canton. Unfortunately, his father, anxious for his son’s safety, bribes all his opponents to lose. After a humiliating defeat at the hands of an actor in a traveling theatre company, the son resolves to find a better teacher. The film is known for its furious kung fu fights and slapstick comedy.
Old School Kung Fu Fest will present a 35mm screening of this 1995 Tsui Hark classic. In the film, the master of the Sharp Manufacturer sword factory abdicates and appoints On, his least popular worker, as his successor. On, unwilling to lead his surly colleagues, embarks on a quest of revenge to kill the evil, flying, tattooed kung fu master who killed his father.
The last great cop thriller of the 90’s! With an all-star cast, including Anthony Wong. Big Bullet was the directorial debut of Benny Chan, who went on to become a top-notch action director.
Enter the Dragon
Bruce Lee at his best. If you’ve never seen it on the big screen with a rowdy audience, you owe it to yourself.
The Man From Hong Kong
Old School Kung Fu Fest will screen director Brian Trenchard-Smith’s personal 35mm print of a truly great Hong Kong/Australian movie, The Man From Hong Kong. With a badass car chase, action by Sammo Hung, George Lazenby being set on fire, and Jimmy Wang Yu punching everyone in the throat, we dare you to get the theme song out of your head after seeing this shag-tastic man-movie.
Check out trailers for the featured films in this year’s fest, below.