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Once Upon a Time in Shanghai

This is part of Filmfest DC. Looks interesting to me! There will be pre-movie food/beer plans to evolve later if people are interested.

CHING-PO WONG
Hong Kong, 2014, 95 minutes, digital, Color, official site

Link with ticket buying option: http://www.filmfestdc.org/filmView.cfm?passID=60

Set in 1930, against the growing conflict that ultimately led to the Sino-Japanese War, Once Upon a Time in Shanghai is an action-packed, jazz-age, noir martial arts tour de force. Featuring highly skilled martial artists Philip Ng and Andy On as well as the legendary Sammo Hung, the fight scenes are almost balletic in their fluid energy. That's not surprising; they were orchestrated by Yuen Woo-Ping, famous here for such films as Kill Bill 2. Country bumpkin Ma Yongzhen (Ng) arrives in the big city looking for work, wearing his mother's bracelet on his right wrist to remind him of her warning that his fist is too strong and will one day get him into trouble. Mother certainly knows best, because soon enough Ma is fighting Long Ki (On), who is becoming Shanghai's biggest gangster. The pair eventually unite to take on the Japanese spies secretly running the city.—Dave Nuttycombe

In Mandarin with English subtitles

North American Premiere

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  • aaron

    I liked it! Giving it 4.5 stars. Would have been 4, but the fight scene at the end knocked it up a bit.

    April 20, 2014

  • aaron

    Tracy and I are here. Heading to outside the theater downstairs in E street.

    April 20, 2014

    • aaron

      In the back right of the theater.

      April 20, 2014

  • aaron

    Got a table in the bar area. I'll post a photo.

    April 20, 2014

    • Tracy

      I just parked - will be there shortly

      April 20, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I can't make the the dinner, but I'll be there for show time

    April 20, 2014

    • aaron

      Cool. We'll probably leave the restaurant about 6:45 or so. I will send my cell number if you want to try and hook up.

      April 20, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Okay, thanks

      April 20, 2014

  • aaron

    OK, the pre-movie dinner and drinks plan is Asia Nine at 915 E Street NW. I figure that's a good match for this movie. Showtime is 7:15. I will plan to get to Asia Nine a little before 5:30. Please let me know if you will show up for dinner. I will send my cell phone number out to those that RSVP'd. If you RSVP late, just shout out on here and I wil let in touch, or e-mail me your cell through meet-up.

    April 18, 2014

    • Tracy

      I'll make it to Asia Nine around 5:30. Looking forward to finally meeting some of you!

      April 20, 2014

    • aaron

      Cool! I'll be metroing in so may be a little late or a little earlier.

      April 20, 2014

  • aaron

    Hi all! Any suggestions on a place to meet beforehand near the theater? I haven't had much luck finding cheap quality places. My default would be Elephant and Castle, but I'm open to other options.

    April 15, 2014

    • Tracy

      I think it's called Harry's - on e street, just a couple blocks down - Oz usually chose that place. Isn't Asia Nine there too? Haven't been there before.

      April 15, 2014

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