Stream/Society--Mystery Hong Kong Theater 2K20: 90s Kung Fu Cop


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Screen/Society delves into the dusty archive of import, out of print, and custom fan-subtitled DVDs, in search of forgotten gems of Hong Kong genre cinema from the 80s and 90s.

Show up to one of our Thursday night live-streams with no preconceptions, not knowing what film you are about to see, and if you are not already a devotee of this particular cinematic universe then it’s very likely that you’ll come away with new memories of spectacles unlike anything you’ve seen before onscreen… Questions and reactions welcome in the live chat!

Unusual genre hybrids of kung fu, comedy, supernatural horror, sci-fi, modern day police and gangster action, warrior women and “girls with guns”, with wild tonal shifts, creative low-budget special effects, and unbelievable stunts, acrobatics, and fight choreography at a level that was the best in the world at the time!

This week's sub-genre is: 90s Modern Day Action/Kung Fu Cop

Jackie Chan's 1985 modern day action classic, Police Story, represented an important transition in Hong Kong cinema from traditional period kung fu films to a new brand of hard-hitting contemporary Hong Kong action films with police officer protagonists. Others would follow in his footsteps, including "Girls with Guns" stars like Michelle Yeoh, Cynthia Rothrock, et al.  Tonight's film is a bit of a twist on the genre, from the 90s and featuring some major stars of the time.

Extra Reading - where do some of these movie performers get their martial arts training?

  • Peking Opera schools
    [Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung, Lam Ching Ying, Yuen Woo Ping, Corey Yuen, Yu Rong-Guang]
  • Wushu competition training (modern sport based on traditional Chinese martial arts)
    [Jet Li, Donnie Yen, Jacky Wu Jing, Cung Le, Vincent Zhao Wenzhuo/Chiu Man-cheuk, Xie Miao/Tse Miu]


Image from a 90s Hong Kong cop film


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