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    Subway Cinema & the Return of Old School Kung Fu Flicks on the Big Screen in New York

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     ByHandMedia attended Subway Cinema's second annual "Old School Kung Fu Fest," which highlighted classic Kung Fu films. He says a highlight of the event was the comic art tribute exhibition. For those interested in watching a classic film in this genre, he recommends 1983's "Shaolin vs. Lama."
    - Jareen, CNN iReport producer

    Last weekend I attended some screenings of Subway Cinema's 2nd annual “Old School Kung Fu Fest,” a 3-day celebration of classic Asian martial arts and action films at the Anthology Film Archives on Second Avenue in Downtown New York.

    This year, in conjunction with the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office New York, the screening series also celebrated the life and work of martial arts film legend Lau Kar-leung, who appeared in such films as Mad Monkey Kung Fu, Heroes of the East, and Legendary Weapons of China. Lau Kar-leung passed away last year at 78 years old, so five of his greatest movies, including Lau's masterpiece Dirty Ho and the 36th Chamber of Shaolin, both screened in 35mm!

    This year’s tribute to Lau Kar-leung also included a special New York City premiere of a visual exhibition acentered on his life and career, entitled “My Way, Lau Kar-leung,” which was previously on display in Hong Kong and Chicago.

    In addition to all this martial arts film goodness, Subway Cinema teamed up with artist Jerry Ma of Epic Proportions, who assembled a team of top local comic book artists and illustrators to create original artwork inspired by the films in this year's lineup. Participating artists included Larry Hama (G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero), Bernard Chang (Green Lantern Corps), Ken Knudtsen (My Monkey's Name is Jennifer), Soo J Lee & Jef Castro (Point-and-Question), Glenn Urieta (Secret Identities & Shattered, The Asian-American Superhero Graphic Novels), John Jennings (The Hole: Consumer Culture, Black Comix: African American Independent Comics), and Ma himself (Secret Identities & Shattered, The Asian-American Superhero Graphic Novels). The artwork was displayed at the Anthology Film Archives for the duration of the Old School Kung Fu Fest.

    For those of you who missed the fun last weekend, you’ll have an opportunity to take part this Sunday, April 27th, when Subway Cinema takes the show on the road to Warrington Hudlin’s Fist & Sword Series at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, Queens. At 7PM author and Asian film historian Ric Meyers will introduce a screening of the Cult Cinema Icon from the Shaw Brothers - Eight Diagram Pole Fighter.

    Then in June, Subway Cinema will present another edition of their New York Asian Film Festival (NYAFF), which runs from June 27th through July 14th at the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Asia Society.

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