Wuxia Fantasy Night (DVD meetup - no reading required!)

  • September 14, 2013 · 5:30 PM
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Please join us for a film night celebrating wuxia (Chinese martial arts heroic adventures)! Whether you're a die-hard fan or have never really explored the subgenre, this evening promises to be a lot of fun. If you're not familiar with the genre, CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON and HERO are two examples that gained a lot of attention in the West. While not all wuxia is necessarily fantasy, the movies we've chosen have fantasy or supernatural elements. We like to explore non-Western approaches to speculative fiction, and we're very excited about the 2 films we've selected to view. Even if you've already seen one or both, we'd still love to have you join us to share the experience with others.

Please arrive on time, so that we can start watching the show without interruptions or delays. Space is limited, so we will be using a waiting list. RSVPs will be locked in 2 days prior (Thursday at 5:30 PM). If you RSVP yes, please make sure you and your guest (if applicable) attend!*

We've been lucky enough to find another venue to host movie nights. We are asking that each attendee pay a small cost to help us defray the rental cost of the room and the cost of dinner (pizza, dessert, and soda). You may pay at the event with either a credit card ($10.52) or cash ($10 exact change, bills only).

Alcohol is permitted, but it will be BYO and as always, please drink responsibly and be careful about driving. Also, we are responsible for cleaning the room ourselves, so we ask for your help and cooperation in avoiding any messes, and quickly alerting us to any spills that occur. Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions of which we should be aware.

The venue has parking restrictions, and you cannot park in the main condo parking lot (even the handicapped spaces). Not only will this probably get you towed, it will jeopardize our relationship with the venue and the likelihood of being able to hold future events.

There is however, plenty of street parking available (here's a map): I'd suggest you first try on N Sycamore St and N Tuckahoe St (parallel and west of Roosevelt Blvd) or along 11th Rd N and 12th St N (perpendicular) or on N Rockingham St or N Rochester St (parallel and east). All are very close and easy walks to the venue. The building is access-controlled, so from 5:00-6:00 we'll have someone waiting at the door to let you in and send you upstairs.

Also, just to clarify on the accessibility of the venue, in addition to handicapped parking being unavailable for our use, reaching the party room will requier climbing a single flight of stairs. These are factors beyond our control, but please factor them into your decision to attend.

DETECTIVE DEE AND THE MYSTERY OF THE PHANTOM FLAME

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A period epic from genre master Tsui Hark, DETECTIVE DEE is an action-packed, visually breathtaking Sherlock Holmes-style mystery starring some of China's top acting talent. Stunningly choreographed by master Sammo Hung, this intricately plotted whodunit is set in an exquisitely realized steampunk version of ancient China. On the eve of her coronation as Empress (Carina Lau), China's most powerful woman is haunted by a chilling murder mystery: seven men under her command have burst into flames, leaving behind only black ash and skeletal bones. Recognizing this threat to her power, she turns to the infamous Dee Renjie (Andy Lau): a man whose unparalleled wisdom is matched only by his martial arts skills. As he battles a series of bizarre dangers, he unveils a chilling truth that places his life, and the future of an entire dynasty, in peril. - RottenTomatoes

THE SORCERER AND THE WHITE SNAKE

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Action director Ching Siu-Tung helms this fantasy film based on an old Chinese legend about an herbalist who falls in love with a thousand-year-old White Snake disguised as a woman. Jet Li stars as a sorcerer who discovers her true identity and battles to save the man's soul. - RottenTomatoes

 

 

We ask that you please do not talk while the movies are playing (we can discuss after each movie, or you can call out "Pause" as necessary). Your consideration is appreciated.

 


*Since missing one of these meetups is taking a spot away from someone else who wants to attend, we'll need to have a stricter attendance policy than normal. For DVD/TV nights, a no-show will prohibit you from attending any other space-limited DVD/TV night for 3 months after your no-show. In order to avoid a no-show, please update your RSVP no later than 48 hours before an event. Thanks for your understanding and cooperation!

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  • Kovit K.

    So if we do another Wuxia Night might I humbly suggest Drunken Master and Legend of Drunken Master? Both are fantastic films featuring a little known Kung Fu clown Jackie Chan.

    1 · September 18, 2013

  • Kent

    Had a great time! Fun movies - fun running-commentary! It was one a-MACE-ing event! (Hee-hee-hee!) Oh, and a rousing, "Congrats!" to SF&FBC on 250 engaging meetups! Let's all work to make the NEXT 250 even MORE awesome (if that's even possible!). And, a hearty, "Welcome!" to Wes - our newest Assistant Organizer - who officially relinquished his soul during this event, in order to assume the mantle of AO-ship! (Lord, help him!) = ; )

    4 · September 18, 2013

  • Bill K.

    Everyone had a great time. I love those type of movies but never knew they were called Wuxia. I also liked that someone knew that background tales that these "movies were based on. Even learned some new terminology for handling maces.

    4 · September 16, 2013

  • Octavia

    Great!

    1 · September 16, 2013

  • Octavia

    Awesome fun, as always.

    1 · September 16, 2013

  • Mike

    A whole bunch of fun! Movies were great, fun, exciting, and not too serious, everybody had a great time.

    2 · September 16, 2013

    • Octavia

      "Macesturbation."­

      1 · September 16, 2013

  • Jeremy D. H.

    The whole night was a blast! Much fun and great company as usual.

    1 · September 16, 2013

  • Elisa

    I really enjoyed the movies, including the commentary!

    2 · September 15, 2013

  • Vijay

    Thanks to everyone who attended and made our 250th meetup so amazing!

    5 · September 15, 2013

  • Kovit K.

    Go Go Mystery Theater 3000.

    4 · September 15, 2013

  • Theodore C.

    So, apparently the emails, and my initial viewing, had the times in UTC, because that makes sense. I'm going to be a bit late.

    September 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Pleasr call me? [masked]

    September 14, 2013

    • Vijay

      This number isn't working, Andrea.

      September 14, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      2059

      September 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    My cold says I'm not going. Sorry.

    September 13, 2013

  • Vijay

    Hi everyone! I hope you're as excited as I am for Saturday's wuxia movie night. Just a reminder that RSVPS lock today at 5:30 pm, so please update your RSVP and guestcount if anything's changed!

    We also need our final count to effectively plan dinner. Right now I only have 1 attendee down as vegan, but if there are any other allergies/restrictions we should be aware of, please let me know ASAP. Thanks!

    September 12, 2013

    • Kat

      Vijay,I am not a vegan, but I don't like pizza with meat and onions. I hope you are ordering at least 1 veggie pizza.

      1 · September 12, 2013

  • Vijay

    Hi everyone! I hope you're excited about our movie night coming up. In order for us to be able to accurately plan dinner, please update your RSVP as soon as possible if you're no longer able to attend. Thanks!

    September 9, 2013

  • Cyndi

    Sorry to miss this one! Grrr... Will be at Antietam all day and prob get home too late.

    September 8, 2013

  • NerdyTrekkieGamerGirl

    I'll be at Anime USA

    September 7, 2013

  • Kat

    Heather,

    Thanks for replying, but since parking is not that good at the condo I thought I could park at a shopping center near your home. I guess a shopping center near the condo would also be good. I will see what is near and get back to you.

    September 3, 2013

  • Kat

    I want to go to this event and I need someone to drop me at the condo's entrance because I will be using a cane to walk and get up the stairs. There is no handicap parking I won't be able to use my walker due to the stairs. I can drive to meet at someone's home or a shopping center near their home. If someone is interested, please post on the site and I will give you my contact information.

    August 28, 2013

    • Heather

      I can work something out with you Kat. Did you want to park near the condo and then call me? I could come pick you up at your car. Message me and let me know. :)

      September 3, 2013

  • Prashant

    Really wish I could come to this, but taking Maanav to visit my parents in MI that weekend. :-(

    September 2, 2013

  • Kovit K.

    I grew up on kung fu flicks. If Five Deadly Venoms makes it's way into the roster...nostalgia city.

    3 · August 27, 2013

  • Wes R.

    What are we doing for food for this one, Vijay? Is it potluck or just desserts?

    August 27, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'm still vegan (which means no meat, fish, eggs, dairy [milk products] of any kind). So, I'll be bringing my own food and drinks. It's not a gluten issue (I'm good with gluten) it's a meat and cheese issue. So...will I get a discount? Or will there be a veggie tray for the likes of myself?

      August 27, 2013

    • Vijay

      @Andrea: Actually we can accommodate you. I'll message you next week to sort out details, but we can do a vegan pizza (cheeseless and meatless with vegan crust and sauce), sodas, and dessert option. If any other members are vegan, please let me know.

      1 · August 27, 2013

  • Octavia

    YAY! *paroxysms of joy*

    3 · August 27, 2013

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