Dec 13, 2012 · 7:00 PM
This location is shown only to members
Note: Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Running time is 98 minutes. Admission is $12, available at the Roxie Web site, and is good for both "Snake in the Eagle's Shadow" and "7 Grandmasters" (9:15 p.m.). We'll meet in front of the theater beforehand, and anyone who has trouble finding the venue or the group can call Alby at[masked]-5971.
Portland-based Kung Fu Theater returns to the Roxie to present another one-night-only double feature of martial arts classics in vintage 35mm prints.
"Snake in the Eagle's Shadow" was a landmark work of Hong Kong action cinema, being the directorial debut of Yuen Woo-ping (who would go on to choreograph the "Matrix" trilogy, "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" and "Kill Bill Vols. 1 and 2") and featuring the breakthrough performance of a young Jackie Chan.
Synopsis: An orphan (Chan) who's adopted by a kung fu school and later abused by its students comes to befriend an elderly vagrant who agrees to teach him Snake style. But little does the orphan know, the beggar harbors a secret identity that may thrust the young man into life-and-death battle.
Trailer here (although the trailer is dubbed in English, the film will be presented in Cantonese with English subtitles): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OlPS1h_LZZI
We'll hold a short meet-and-greet after the movie, then we'll settle in for "7 Grandmasters"! See you there.
About the film series: Kung Fu Theater is the brainchild of film programmer and archivist Dan Halsted, who unearthed a trove of rare 35mm kung fu film reels -- many of them one-of-a-kind and in astonishing condition -- in 2009 and has since dedicated himself to restoring and playing these films for new audiences across the country. For more information, read Oregon Public Broadcasting's write-up on Halsted.