Friday, September 28, 2012
Kung Fu Fridays in October 2012
Destroy All Monsters - Godzilla, Mothra, King Ghidorah, Rodan, even Anguirus are in this daikaiju-studded spectacular, and more besides. What better way to start Halloween month than this tribute to rubber suits and wrestling moves? Plus, I've been wanting to feature Mothra on a poster for years.
A Chinese Ghost Story - The 1987 Hong Kong romantic comedy horror film starring Leslie Cheung, Joey Wong, and Wu Ma, not the 2011 remake, this film spawned a number of sequels, a tv show, an animated film, and a trend in the Hong Kong cinema of the time. The original Chinese title translates as the far less generic, but I suppose less marketable "The Ethereal Spirit of a Beauty".
Mr. Vampire - Another start to a hugely popular franchise, Ricky Lau's comedy horror hit would spawn 3 sequels and a host of Chinese vampire film, television and even theatrical projects. Look for this movie's trailer online to see just why we're excited about Chinese vampires.
Sector 7 - Last year's Korean 3D hit (in glorious 2D, of course), I expect this to be a bog-standard, generic monster flick, so bring some munchies and get ready to hoot at the screen. There's a reason I do this with a group of people, y'know.
As usual, readers well outside my area can look forward to capsule reviews of each film on the succeeding Sunday. But tonight, Johnnie To's Sparrow!