Kung Fu Fridays in October 2013

Tonight, our little Asian cinema viewing club will enjoy the 2012 Noir Fu release, Dragon (with club favorite Donnie Yen!), but then we hit October and October is HALLOWEEN MONTH! Here are the horrors and terrors on the schedule...

Painted Skin - This 2008 supernatural fantasy film stars, among others, Donnie Yen (again, yay), Zhao Wei (the "Mulan" type in Red Cliff), and this month's poster girl, Zhou Xun (whose name is hilarious in French Canada). I think she's the one who plays a vampire-like fox spirit who eats the skins and hearts of her lovers. Halloween Month!

Painted Skin: The Resurrection - The first film was enough of a hit to spawn a sequel in 2012, with much of the same cast, though Donnie Yen did not return. Foxy Zhou Xun is back for a second spirited engagement though, to eat more skins and more hearts. Nums!

Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart to Hades - I vowed we would watch one chapter of the Lone Wolf and Cub saga a month, and the reference to Hades is Halloween enough for me. Besides, everyone's really taken with the Cub and each episode, while not "supernatural" per se, really is like a descent into a Japanese hell, intense, disquieting and gory.

Gojira - I propose to end the month on a true classic, the original, 1954, black and white Godzilla - and with all respect to Raymond Burr, no, not the Americanized version. This was back when Godzilla was the atomic bomb made flesh, long before he was a wrestler in a rubber suit.

Hope that suitably scares, and I'll see you behind the couch!



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