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Before the Films (6:30pm):
Martial arts demonstrations, music, and popcorn! A block party celebration of our 10th Anniversary.
Thursday, August 27, 7:30pm or dusk
9-MAN (2014) 90 min
9-MAN uncovers an isolated and unique streetball tournament played by Chinese-Americans in the heart of Chinatowns across the USA and Canada. Largely undiscovered by the mainstream, the game is a gritty, athletic, chaotic urban treasure traditionally played in parking lots and back alleys. A 9-Man tournament grew in the 1930’s, at a time when anti-Chinese sentiment and laws forced restaurant workers and laundrymen to socialize exclusively amongst themselves. Today it’s a lasting connection to Chinatown for a dynamic community of men who know a different, more integrated world, but still fight to maintain autonomy and tradition. Directed by Ursula Liang.
Friday, August 28, 7:30pm or dusk
SHAOLIN SOCCER (2001).
Starring Stephen Chow, Zhao Wei, Ng Man-tat, Patrick Tse. Directed by Stephen Chow. Action direction by Ching Siu-tung.
Over-the-top physical comedy and a heart-warming story about underdogs who triumph over evil made this film an international hit. Learn more about Action Director Ching Siu-tung from Films at the Gate Curator, Jean Lukitsh.
Saturday, August 28, 7:30pm or dusk
DRUNKEN MASTER (1978).
Starring Jackie Chan, Yuen Siu-tin, Hwang Jang Lee. Directed by Yuen Woo-ping. Choreography by Yuen Woo-ping.
Jackie plays a trouble-prone teenaged version of the martial hero Wong Fei-hung, but he meets his match in the Drunken Master (played by director Yuen Woo-ping’s father). This is one of the best kung fu movies ever made. Learn more about Drunken Master from Films at the Gate Curator, Jean Lukitsh
Sunday, August 30
Iron Monkey (1993)
A kung fu comedy about the childhood of one of China’s most famous martial arts heroes, this film features Boston’s Donnie Yen. The citizens of a small Chinese town suffer from failed crops and corrupt officials. Their salvation comes in the form of a Robin Hood figure, the Iron Monkey, who steals from the rich to give to poor. When martial arts master Wong Kay-ying arrives, his martial arts skills lead local lawmen to suspect that he may be the masked outlaw. Wong’s son, Wong Fei-hung, is caught in the line of fire as he fights to clear his name. In the end, Wong and the Iron Monkey must join forces to face the real villain of the piece.