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Wu Tang Kung Fu Double Feature!- The Mystery of Chess Boxing/Bastard Swordsman
1 Year(s) 7 Month(s) 4 Day(s) ago
The Mystery of Chess Boxing 1979 / Hong Kong/Taiwan / 90 min / 35mm Director: Joseph Kuo
Writer: Ping Han Chiang Cast: Jack Long, Mark Long, Jeanie Chang Print Source: Dan Halsted The original Ghost-Faced Killer is on the loose! A vicious villain with an unstoppable five-element technique, Ghostface is back and kung fu murdering all of his old rivals. Meanwhile, a young student seeking to learn the fighting arts is taken under the wing of an old chess master. The basics of chess prove to be the same as the basics of fighting, knowledge of which will come in handy as they train to battle Ghostface, who verbally insults his opponents as he annihilates them. Also known as Ninja Checkmate, this is a true classic and a Wu Tang favorite that we are proud to present in an original 35mm print.
Bastard Swordsman 1983 / Hong Kong / 93 min / 35mm Director: Chin-Ku Lu
Writers: Chin-Ku Lu, Ying Wong, Kuo-yuen Chang Cast: Norman Chu, Tony Liu, Yung Wang Print Source: Dan Halsted
Every ten years, the Wu Tang Clan duel their rivals, the sinister Invincible Clan. After the head of the Wu Tang receives a righteous thrashing, it is up to an orphaned youth to learn the dreaded Silkworm Technique from a masked stranger and avenge his disgraced master. Before long, all roads will converge in a mix of high-flying sword-fighting excitement and surreal special effects. Prepare for your brain to melt out of your skull when the Bastard unleashes his Silkworm Style! If you've never seen two kung fu masters fight it out inside a giant flying cocoon, well, you no longer have any excuse. Both films will be presented by Invincible Kung Fu author and illustrator Kagan McLeod and Dan Halsted, founder of the 35mm Shaolin Film Archive.
Kagan McLeod is the artist and writer of the graphic novel Infinite Kung Fu, a comic’s love note to the classic Hong Kong kung fu movies. This comic made a huge splash in Olympia and is the top selling comic in the history of local Danger Room Comics. Kagan will be discussing his love of kung fu cinema and the various hurdles involved in creating his 400+ page opus. He is visiting us from Toronto, Canada, and will be doing a signing at Danger Room Comics (201 W. 4th Ave. downtown) on Saturday, November 19.
Dan Halsted is the head programmer at the Hollywood Theatre in Portland, Oregon. He is also the organizer of the Grindhouse Film Festival and founder of the 35mm Shaolin Film Archive. In 2009, Dan unearthed the largest collection of 35mm martial arts films in the Western hemisphere from an abandoned Chinese theater in Vancouver, B.C. He has dedicated himself to preserving these films and presenting them to modern audiences.