Legendary Weapons of China (十八般武藝)
Friday Oct 26 01:00 PM
Doris Duke Theatre
Museum members: $10.00
General Admission: $12.00
About the Film:
Part of 邵氏兄弟 Shaw Brothers Retrospective
Directed by Lau Kar-Leung. 1982. Hong Kong. 109 min. Cantonese with English subtitles.
In the premiere, groundbreaking book on the genre, Martial Arts Movies, author Ric Meyers called Legendary Weapons of China “the quintessential martial arts movie” and perhaps the greatest kung fu movie ever made. Showing prescience customary with this visionary, the plot revolved around early 20th century pugilists vainly attempting to find a kung fu that could defeat the bullet … years before the same theme would be used in Once Upon A Time In China. It also features the rarely dramatized magician-spies of China, who would ultimately inspire the Japanese ninja. But most importantly, it is a beautifully made action comedy featuring international fan favorite Alexander Fu Sheng and supremely brilliant kung fu.
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