We’ve got another rare Grindhouse screening tomorrow, Tuesday, April 12 at 7:30! As always, since I know next to nothing about Kung Fu, I’ve got to steal the press release info from the Grindhouse Film Fest site:
Kid with the Golden Arm (1979) After the popularity of their films Five Deadly Venoms and Crippled Avengers, The Venom Mob returned in this adrenaline fueled, funk filled Shaw Brothers production! A group of swordsman and axe-wielding martial artists are hired to protect a shipment of gold from the vicious Chi Sah gang (consisting of Golden Arms, Silver Spear, Iron Robe and Brass Head). Before long, they’re hit with a relentless onslaught of kung fu battles, including drunken boxing fights and surprise attacks by the mysterious Iron Feet. This movie is the equivalent to dropping acid in an 18th century Chinese disco with a gang of coked-up homoerotic kung fu masters.
Click here for advance tickets.
On Tuesday, March 22, Grindhouse Film Fest presents the blaxploitation classic Dolemite (not to be confused with dolomite). Comedian/actor/singer Rudy Ray Moore (title of one of his comedy albums: Eat Out More Often. Read that any way you desire) stars as the slightly doughy titular character.
Two credit notes:
- Yes, cinematographer Nicholas Josef von Sternberg is the son of celebrated film director Josef von Sternberg.
- As if starring, conceiving the story, and producing Dolemite wasn’t enough, Rudy Ray Moore also gets a set decoration credit.
Taken from the Grindhouse site:
Foul-mouthed nightclub entertainer Rudy Ray Moore stars as Dolemite, a mythical pimp/spoken word artist/street avenger who’s been doing time for a crime he didn’t commit. When he’s released from jail, he’s out to find Willie Green, the low down pimp who framed him and took over his nightclub. Between rappin on the street corner and breaking bones with his (awful) karate, Dolemite learns that Willie Green is involved with crooked city officials. Backed by an all-female karate assassin squad, Dolemite sets his sights on Willie Green and his no-good comrades, and pimp slaps every racist honky cop that tries to get in his way.
Dolemite starts at 7:30 and tickets can be purchased here.
Because there really isn’t anything I can add to this (aside from trailers), I’m just going to let the press release do the talking.
This Saturday March 5th at the Hollywood Theatre, The Grindhouse Film Festival presents an incredible kung fu double feature: the martial arts masterpiece INVINCIBLE POLE FIGHTER (at 7pm) and the Wu-Tang classic THE BASTARD SWORDSMAN (at 9pm). Extremely rare 35mm prints of two of the greatest crowd-pleasing martial arts films ever made! If you’ve never seen two kung fu masters fight it out inside a large flying cocoon, or witnessed an entire army having their teeth ripped out, here’s your chance! These movies both use all of the same Shaw Brothers sets, so seeing them back to back will be an interesting experience. Also, the Hollywood Theatre now has beer (and is still all-ages).
INVINCIBLE POLE FIGHTER (aka Eight Diagram Pole Fighter) (1984) A family of fighters is ambushed by invaders in a fierce battle that leaves the family’s father and four of six brothers dead. One of the remaining brothers (the Master Killer himself, Gordon Liu) swears revenge, and forces his way into the Shaolin Temple to master his pole fighting skills. When his younger sister is kidnapped by the invaders, it’s payback time. After numerous jaw-dropping fight scenes, there is a massive climactic battle that ranks among the greatest action scenes in movie history. This film is directed by martial arts master Lau Kar Leung and stars Gordon Liu (36th CHAMBER OF SHAOLIN, KILL BILL). If you ask me, this is the greatest kung fu film ever made.
THE BASTARD SWORDSMAN (1983) Every ten years, the Wu Tang Clan has a duel with their rival clan. The chief of the Wu Tang has devoted his life to learning “The Silkworm Technique” of sword fighting, but has failed to master it. At the same time, an orphan in the clan is refused in his requests to learn martial arts until a masked stranger begins training him. Before long, all roads will converge in high-flying sword fighting excitement and surreal special effects. Prepare for your mind to melt out of your skull when the Bastard unleashes his Silkworm Style! If you’ve never seen two kung fu masters fight it out inside a large flying cocoon, here’s your chance!
Weird kung fu trailers before each movie.
Advance tickets can be purchased here.
Just going to reprint the press release for you all, but add some trailers.
Starting this Saturday at the Northwest Film Center, I’m proud to present SHAOLIN CINEMA: HONG KONG FILMS OF THE LATE 70’s AND EARLY 80’s. By the late 1970’s, fight choreographers-turned-
directors such as Lau Kar Leung, Tang Chia, and Yuen Woo Ping were bringing martial arts cinema to it’s apex, delivering bone-crushing films about martial arts masters blending Buddhist teachings with deadly fighting styles. I’m programming this series from extremely rare 35mm prints that I’ve unearthed over the past few years. All screenings take place at the Northwest Film Center’s Whitsell Auditorium, located at 1219 SW Park Ave. Film descriptions and all information on the website: www.grindhousefilmfest.com
Saturday January 22nd at 9pm
36TH CHAMBER OF SHAOLIN (1978) Gordon Liu enters the 36 chambers. This is one of the greatest movies ever made, hands down. Don’t miss it!
Friday January 28th at 9pm
AVENGING EAGLE (1978) Ti Lung and Fu Sheng combat a wide array of savage martial arts weaponry! This is the only known 35mm print of this film.
Saturday January 29th at 7pm
OPIUM AND THE KUNG FU MASTER (1984) A martial arts master becomes a drug addict, and must first learn to defeat his inner demons before he can crush the skulls of his enemies.
Friday February 4th at 9pm
BASTARD SWORDSMAN (1983) Wu-Tang forever.
Saturday February 5th at 7pm
SNAKE IN THE EAGLES SHADOW (1978) Jackie Chan’s breakthrough role, an evil high-kicking eagle claw master, a kung fu Jesus, and a death-match between a cat and a cobra. This is one of the greatest kung fu movies of all time.
It’s that time of year again! Grindhouse Film Fest presents Silent Night, Deadly Night for all of your seasonal needs.
Wednesday night at 9:30 at the Hollywood Theatre, The Grindhouse Film Festival presents the annual screening of SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT! A 35mm print of the 1984 Christmas classic about an axe-wielding psychopath dressed as Santa Claus. This movie was originally released at Christmas time, then quickly pulled from theaters due to public outrage.
SILENT NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHT (1984) When a young boy’s parents are murdered on Christmas Eve by a man dressed as Santa Claus, he develops a lifelong hatred of Old Saint Nick. He then spends the rest of his childhood in an orphanage run by a mean overbearing nun. As a grown man, he is finally pushed over the edge when he’s forced to be a department store Santa. Now as an axe wielding maniac in a Santa suit, he sets out to punish all who are naughty this Christmas Eve! Classic scenes include the sledding beheading, the toy store montage, and crazy Grandpa terrifying little Billy with his tales of a rampaging killer Santa Claus.
Beer will be provided by Bridgeport Brewery. Advance tickets are on the website: www.grindhousefilmfest.com
Also, check the website for information on the New Year’s Day Grindhouse Movie Marathon.
Here’s the trailer and, as a special bonus, Siskel and Ebert’s review on At the Movies:
In a last minute addition to the Grindhouse presentation of Boxer’s Omen, Dan will also be showing Shogun Assassin fresh off of his screening it at the Northwest Film Center! Just like at recent Grindhouse events, beer will be sold, so that means 21+.
Tuesday night at 7:30 at the Hollywood Theatre, The Grindhouse Film Festival presents the only known 35mm print of the mind-boiling Chinese psychedelic horror film BOXER’S OMEN. Plus, just added at 9:30, the ultra-violent samurai vengeance masterpiece SHOGUN ASSASSIN! If you ask me, this is the greatest double bill in the history of double bills. Don’t miss it! $7 for one movie, or $10 for both (if you’ve already bought a Boxer’s Omen ticket, you can pick up $3 Shogun Assassin tickets at the door). Advance tickets are on the website: www.grindhousefilmfest.com
BOXER’S OMEN (1983) A man sets out on a surreal adventure to find the man who crippled his brother. He hooks up with a group of monks fighting an evil wizard who killed their leader, and finds he’s supernaturally linked to the dead man. The wizard is a master of black magic, and indulges in vomit inducing practices to hold his power. Buckle up, because good and evil will have to throw down in monstrously epic WIZARD BATTLES! Laser beams, crocodile carcasses, and a levitating alien head that hatches from a psychedelic egg are only the beginning of this wild ride. Prepare for your jaw to hit the floor and your brain to bleed out of your ears. This is some of the weirdest nightmarish imagery ever burned into celluloid! This is the cinematic event of the year, and in proper preparation for this movie, we’ll be handing out barf bags.
SHOGUN ASSASSIN (1980) The ultra-violent story of Lone Wolf and Cub! Tomisaburo Wakayama stars as Lone Wolf, “the greatest samurai in the empire”. When he is betrayed and his wife murdered by the shogun’s ninjas, he takes his young son on “the road to hell” and seeks out blood soaked vengeance. Roaming the countryside, they face off with countless ninjas and assassins, and are ultimately led to a confrontation with the Masters of Death, three of the fiercest killers in the history of cinema. This movie is action packed and relentlessly violent with blood geyser arterial showers at every turn. “Meet the greatest team in the history of mass slaughter!”
Beer will be provided by Bridgeport Brewery. 35mm exploitation trailers before each movie.
No trailer for Boxer’s Omen, but here’s a brief clip: