Kung Fu Theater: Snake in the Eagle's Shadow (Yuen Woo-ping, Hong Kong, 1978)

  • December 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.

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  • Eleanor F

    Always fun to see these old flicks (even when the English dubs are worse than those awful '70s era subtitles)!

    December 14, 2012

    • Alby

      Apologies for what fault is mine -- didn't know it'd be a dub. Dubbing has a way of taking a viewer out of a picture. The subtitled "7 Grandmasters" seemed so much fresher, in comparison.

      December 14, 2012

    • Eleanor F

      Oh, not a problem! Dubbed prints are often the only ones available for these oldies!

      December 14, 2012

  • Alby

    Tale of the tape: two geniuses, saddled with a screenplay that meanders when it's not slavishly trotting out genre conventions. (Take a drink every time someone double-crosses someone else.) Both went on to make better movies; you should watch one of those instead.

    December 14, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Excellent! Jackie Chan 's breakout movie which made him a star! Great Acting, great Kung-Fu, a great sense of humor, some great unusual touches (a cat fighting a cobra). This is the first time I have seen this movie, it was very imaginative.

    December 14, 2012

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