Friday, May 25, 2012

Kung Fu Fridays in June 2012: Kung Fu World Tour

Tonight, we sit down with Return of the Bastard Swordsman, and it will be EPIC. Next month though? I've decided to do a Kung Fu World Tour spanning 5 Fridays and 2 special Saturday events, and as many as 6 countries and 12 films. See for yourself:

Mongol (Russia) - You know him as Hogun from Thor. If your cinema culture goes a bit wider, you might now him as Ichi the Killer. In June, Tadanobu Asano is Genghis Khan! And he rises! In Mongolian! I think that's enough to feature him on this month's poster.

Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior (Thailand) - The movie that made an international star out of Tony Jaa! We've played Ong Baks 2 and 3, but I was having the hardest time getting my hands on a copy of the first movie with a Thai soundtrack (no dubs if we can avoid it, that's the rule). The wait is over.

El Mariach-a-thon (Mexico) - Don't try to tell me Hong Kong cinema wasn't a major influence on Robert Rodriguez' action aesthetic! I've been wanting to watch the Mariachi trilogy again, and this theme is the perfect excuse. It's a special KFF special event on a Saturday: Back to back presentations of El Mariachi, Desperado and Once Upon a Time in Mexico.

Black Dynamite (U.S.A.) - The plan was always this: Show a couple of Black Belt Jones pictures to set the table, then serve up Black Dynamite, Scott Sanders' tribute/pastiche of every Blaxploitation hit. Never seen it either.

Three Outlaw Samurai (Japan) - I've represented Japan with a black and white Hideo Gosha samurai picture, courtesy of the Criterion Collection. Been a good while since we've had a chambara film too.

Shaolin Hand Lock (Hong Kong) - "A Kung Fu technique so lethal they named the movie after it!" Flying Guillotine's director Ho Meng-Hua promises some crazy martial arts and motorcycle stunts (it says here).

Fighting Game-a-thon (U.S.A.) - A couple weeks ago, the boys suggested we spend an entire month on movies based on fighting games, I thought HELLS NO! First, I'm not spending that long a time away from Asia, which is the main focus of these little movie nights. Second, they're almost universally bad! BUT! Let it ever be said I am not a merciful and attentive host. We end the month with a day of fighting game movies AND the games that inspired them! That's right. Not only will we watch 4 such films - Mortal Kombat, Tekken, D.O.A. and Streetfighter: The Legend of Chun-Li - but we'll also be playing a tournament consisting of each of those games. We already know who wins. I'll be in the kitchen baking cookies with the girls after the first round.

It's a big month, and if you're not in the club, you can look forward to capsule reviews on each following This Week in Geek column.


Toby'c said...

Which Tekken are you talking about? Because I love what I've seen of the anime Motion Picture - "Why are you so upset? Is it because your father threw you off that cliff?"

Siskoid said...

I'm (thankfully) not in charge of actually providing any of those gaming movies, but I believe it's all live action. KFF doesn't do anime.