Films at the Gate 2016

2016 Schedule

Friday August 26th
7:00pm Performance: Wah Lum Kung Fu
Two short films: TBD
8:00pm Film: Pui Chan Documentary – Step into the extraordinary life of a Chinese immigrant who overcame challenges in early childhood… and eventually made a life for himself.… One that would touch the lives of many others around the world. It all started with a simple dream… and today, the dream lives on. This family-authorized biography follows the path of a young boy who learns the value of hard work and perseverance through kung fu training, escapes the harshness of political oppression, bravely ventures out on his own, and embraces opportunity in a new land. Watch the beginning of an eager martial arts instructor in 1960s Boston, Massachusetts, open his own Kung Fu school, and start to spread the tradition, always maintaining the original fundamentals and values he learned as a boy.


Saturday August 27th
7:00pm Performance: Daoist Gate Wudang Arts
Two short Films: TBD
8:00pm Film: Woman Knight of Mirror Lake – In late-19th century China, Qui Jin was many things: a defiant rebel armed with both blades and guns; a paramilitary leader dedicated to overthrowing an unjust government; a non-conformist who boldly donned men’s attire in spite of tradition; a radical poet whose words inspired the oppressed; a heroic martyr whose views on equality altered history. Her steadfast resolve to improve the plight of women and her bravery in the face of tyranny led her to the executioner – but her determination to topple the status-quo changed a nation forever.


Sunday August 28th
7:00pm Performance: Bow Sim Mark Tai Chi Arts Association
Two short films: TBD
8:00pm Film: The Kid with a Tattoo – This film finds the Shaw Brothers production company doing a variation on the type of kung-fu comedy that Jackie Chan was having success with around the same time. In The Kid With A Tattoo, Wong Yue plays the Jackie Chan-style role as Li Bao-Tong, the son of a cotton mill owner. He’s simple-minded and indifferent to his father’s desire for him to learn the family business but is an excellent martial artist, thanks mainly to lessons he gets from a beggar living secretly in his town.