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!