Stream/Society--Mystery HK Theater 2K20: Kung Fu Legends--Rethinking Nationalism & Tradition


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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: 80s Kung Fu Classics (Reworking Legends, Traditions, Nationalisms)

One of the great Hong Kong martial arts film directors comes up with a thought-provoking new cinematic take on a national legend (or two?)... 

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A kung fu fighter and a karate master face off in a dojo


Sponsor: Cinematic Arts at Duke University