Kung Fu Fridays in July

July has five Fridays and you know what that means... 5 films instead of 4! (Ok, a little obvious.) If you live in my town and believe I wouldn't kick you down the stairs as soon as you opened the door, then here's what you can expect from our weekly Asian cinema showings...

Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen - Ever since we saw the preview, we've been hungry for this one. Get this. It's a remake of Fist of Fury/Fist of Legend starring out favorite, Donnie Yen, and directed by Andy Lau. From the looks of it, Donnie gets to play EVERY BRUCE LEE CHARACTER EVER! Also: Martial arts in WWI era France! This thing looks insane, and I mean that in the best possible way x10!

The Kid with the Golden Arm - KFF wouldn't be the same without a monthly dose of Chang Cheh's Venom films (and one of the few to actually co-star our favorite martial arts douchebag, Snake)! It's about escorting some gold somewhere, but it's a Shaw Brothers, so it's not too important. It's all about the action choreography and the crazy skills of the characters.

Hong Kong Godfather - A latter day Shaw Bros. production that eschews the usual "Star Trek alien planet sets" and martial chivalry for gritty contemporary gangster action. I've heard good things about its finale, let's hope the stuff leading up to it is decent.

Daytime Drinking - An independent film from Korea that seems similar in content to Sideways, Daytime Drinking has a large number of festival awards and has even come recommended by readers like you. Perfect for while I'll be on vacation.

The Master - Known in the video market as 3 Evil Masters, this Shaw Bros. pic features Chen Kuan Tai, the subject of this month's poster. He's a guy who can always be counted on to wear an anachronistic(?) 'tache in these films. It's a training/revenge film, what else?

KFF Year 3 is well under way. Join us, won't you?



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