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Kung Fu Theater: 7 Grandmasters (Joseph Kuo, Taiwan, 1978)

  • Dec 13, 2012 · 8:45 PM
  • This location is shown only to members

Note: Showtime is 9:15 p.m. Running time is 84 minutes. Admission is $12, available at the Roxie Web site, and is good for both "7 Grandmasters" and "Snake in the Eagle's Shadow" (7:30 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.

Joseph Kuo's "7 Grandmasters" brought together brothers-in-arms Jack Long, Mark Long (no relation) and Li Yi-Min (the leads in Kuo's 1979 classic "The Mystery of Chessboxing") for one of the most underappreciated of all independent kung fu fight fests. Kung Fu Theater presents the film in its only known 35mm print.

Synopsis: An aging grandmaster (Jack Long), all but ready to hang up his ass-kicking shoes, hits the road with an entourage when he learns that others lay claim to the title of China's Best.  Enter a martial arts newbie (Li), who begs his way into the band -- and who inadvertently sets the stage for a winner-take-all, revenge-fueled beatdown.

Trailer here (although the trailer is dubbed in Cantonese, the film will be presented in Mandarin with English subtitles):

We'll meet and greet after the movie.  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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  • Alby

    I haven't laughed myself this giddy in a long time. "7 Grandmasters" is, as Pauline Kael said of "Star Wars," a Cracker Jack box full of prizes. With only the barest attempt at a setup, it marches, almost "Wizard of Oz" style, from kung fu throwdown to kung fu throwdown, peaking with an everything-and-the-kitchen-sink weapons showcase that's the spiritual sire of Michelle Yeoh and Zhang Ziyi's in "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon." Li Yi-min may play the hero in this story, but Jack Long is the real star, deserving of enshrinement along with the greatest of the great movie martial artists.

    December 14, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Excellent kung-fu, but lousy production, terrible cinematography, terrible editing, lousy script. The 7 Grandmasters could have been more than it was.

    December 14, 2012

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  • Alby
    Organizer Emeritus,
    Event Host
  • Judy
    Miss Hong Kong (200 Meetups!)
  • John
    Iron John (100 Meetups!)
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