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Free Kung Fu Double Bill!
A TRIBUTE TO LAU KAR-LEUNG
Friday September 20
Innis Town Hall 2 Sussex Ave
(at St. George, south of Bloor)
Lau Kar Leung, Hong Kong filmmaker, actor, choreographer and martial artist, is one of the true pioneers of Hong Kong martial arts cinema, developing an idiosyncratic action style in the late seventies and early eighties that combined authentic traditional martial arts with an impeccable slapstick comic sensibility. In tribute to his passing, The Asian Institute and Cinema Studies Student Union (CINSSU) will honour the late “Grandmaster”of martial arts cinema with a panel discussion and screening of two of his classic films, 8 DIAGRAM POLE FIGHTER (1983) and DIRTY HO (1979)
6:00 - 7:30 PM - Panel
Join us before the films for a panel discussion on the works of Lau Kar Leung. Snackboxes will be provided to panel attendees.
Noah Cowan - Artistic Director, TIFF Bell Lightbox
Colin Geddes - International Programmer, Toronto International Film Festival
Bart Testa - Professor of Cinema Studies, University of Toronto
To attend, please register: http://www.munk.utoronto.ca/EventDetails.aspx?EventId=14
EIGHT DIAGRAM POLE FIGHTER
Directed by Lau Kar Leung I 1983
With Gordon Liu, Alexander Fu Sheng, Lily Li, Kara Hui, Ko Fei, Lau Kar-leung, Hsiao Ho
In Cantonese with English subtitles
In a jaw-dropping and nightmarish opening scene, seven brothers are ambushed. Only two manage to escape. The young Alexander Fu Sheng loses his mind and runs in a fury through the empty rooms of his family home. It is up to Gordon Liu to bear the responsibility... Tragically, the situation is not far from reality. The popular and renowned actor Alexander Fu Sheng was cast for the lead role, but died from a car accident on his way home from the shoot one day. He was only 28 years old. The script was then rewritten with small allusions to the sad event and reworked to be an homage to the charismatic superstar. Gordon Liu had to take the lead, and the respect for their late colleague pushed the entire cast and crew to give their best for this obscure masterpiece that deals with loyalty, fraternity and blood-thirsty revenge.
FREE! To attend, please register: http://www.munk.utoronto.ca/EventDetails.aspx?eventId=14661