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Shaw Brothers

The legendary studio of brothers Run Run and Runme Shaw debuted in Singapore in the 1920s with silent film productions that they distributed themselves throughout all of Southeast Asia. In 1957, they definitively established themselves in the outskirts of Hong Kong where they built the largest independent studio in the world. Influenced by Japanese Samurai films, they deepened their interest in wu-xia pian, the traditional Kung Fu movie. They were so successful at developing their studio that they rapidly became the biggest producers of independent cinema. By the mid-1960s, they were shooting a new film every 9 days! This year, Offscreen will pay special attention to the most glorious period in Shaw history, including essential classics like "The 36th Chamber Of Shaolin" and "Eight Diagram Pole Fighter" as well as the sensual "Intimate Confessions of A Chinese Courtesan" and the very kitsch "Five Element Ninjas". And let’s not forget the authentic cult classics "Human Lanterns" and "The Boxer’s Omen". All in all the crème de la crème of kung-fu to please everyone’s taste. All movies will be screened in 35mm and ’Shaw-scope’, and many of them will be introduced by the expert in Hong Kong film, Tony Rayns.

The 36th Chamber Of Shaolin

Shao Lin san shi liu fang

Lau Kar Leung, 1978, HK, 35mm, ov st cn & ang, 115'

Gordon Liu (most recently seen in "Kill Bill") plays San De, a young student full of idealism who’s against the Mandchou occupation. When his master, his father and the other disciples are assassinated by the terrible General Tien Wa, San De swears vengeance and leaves for the Shaolin temple in order to learn the sacred martial art. There he must survive the intense training across the 35 chambers of Shaolin.
This film is a classic for a good reason: director Lau Kar Leung was himself a martial arts master. His fluid and dynamic fight choreography, impressively captured on film, remain some of the greatest action scenes in cinema today. Even at 75, Leung continues to remain active and is currently busy choreographing for the film "The Grandmaster", a kind of ode to the genre by Wong Kar Wai.

Presented by Tony Rayns

17.02 > 20:00
5€ / 3,5€ Combi 2 films > 7,5€ / 6€

Eight Diagram Pole Fighter

Wu Lang ba gua gun

Lau Kar Leung, 1983, HK, 35mm, ov st cn & ang, 98'

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.

Presented by Tony Rayns

17.02 > 22:00
5€ / 3,5€ Combi 2 films > 7,5€ / 6€

The Avenging Eagle

Long xie shi san ying

Sun Chung, 1978, HK, 35mm, ov st cn & ang, 90'

Be prepared to mix some Bolognese sauce with your Chinese noodles for this one. Deserted villages, vast empty plains and a journey on horseback towards revenge and redemption. You’s almost think you’re in a spaghetti western! Ti Lung is an orphan raised by a gang of kidnappers. After turning into an indiscriminate killer, his conscience takes a hold of him and he abandons the group. He leaves to discover the world. But his former buddies aren’t pleased and hunt him down. His only solution is to battle it out with the clan’s leader. He meets a swordsmaster who shares his intentions and the two form an unlikely duo, bonded by their common goal. Yet they also have a lot to hide from one another.... An engrossing movie with spectacular action and drama that, unlike any other, manages to breathe some life into the unrealistic Shaw sets. Don’t miss the outrageous end-fight!

Presented by Tony Rayns

18.02 > 20:00
5€ / 3,5€ Combi 2 films > 7,5€ / 6€

Human Lanterns

Ren pi deng long

Sun Chung, 1982, HK, 35mm, ov st cn & ang, 95'

Mister Lung and Mister Tan are two rich men who have nothing better to do than to ruin each other’s lives. Their biggest hobby is to humiliate one another in public, but Mister Tan goes too far when he invites Mister Lung’s prostitute-lover to a garden party. Lung is furious and nervously fidgets with his fan until he finally decides to just leave. For revenge, he decides to steal the price for ’best lantern’ from under Tan’s nose in the upcoming lantern festival. A diabolical plan! He visits a mysterious hermit who makes the most beautiful lanterns and asks for this help. The eccentric character employs an unusual technique: his most precious lanterns, it seems, must be made with fresh human skin. A macabre mix of kung fu and grotesque horror, with flamboyant sets doused in color straight out of a Mario Bava film.

18.02 > 22:00
5€ / 3,5€ Combi 2 films > 7,5€ / 6€

Chor Yuen, 1972, HK, 35mm, ov st cn & ang, 90'

Ainu is kidnapped and sold to Madame Chan’s brothel. Her attempts to fight and claw her way out are in vain and she’s thrown into the dungeon. Beautiful Madame Chan auctions off Ainu’s virginity to four men. Drooling at the site of her, they take turns, the first offering the most money. Afterwards, Ainu can only think of one thing: revenge. She easily seduces Madame Chan, but that’s only the first step in her ingenious plan. Heavily influenced by Japanese productions like "Lady Snowblood", this film is a magnificent testament to female revenge, with abundant, eye-popping colorful sets. The original soundtrack is special: a sensual bass line paired with traditional Chinese music that creates a completely psychedelic result. In the end, violence erupts, swords are drawn, limbs are severed and the blood flows.

Presented By Tony Rayns

19.02 > 20:00
5€ / 3,5€ Combi > 10€ / 7,5€

Five Element Ninjas

Ren zhe wu di

Chang Cheh, 1982, HK, 35mm, ov st cn & ang, 107'

Two kung fu clans are constantly scratching out each other’s eyes. Their ridiculous hair and snow white uniforms make them look like an 80s German synth-pop group. But their rivalry continues and they fight to the death, or at least until the loser calls in the Japanese ninjas. Ninjas! Red ninjas, gold ninjas, ninjas disguised as trees. Or underground ninjas whose sharp poles poke through the ground. Ninjas! A lost fight. But despite their wounds, the synthetic disco-dancers continue to fight until they keel over their own intestines with one final breath. One of them survives and begins to train a new army of ninja killers. Exit the ninja! Chang Cheh creates an unparalleled universe of kung fu bizarreness, populated by, um... German disco-pop dancers, full of fight sequences that almost look like circus acrobatics amidst some serious pig blood and intestines. A crowd favorite, and did we mention the ninjas!?

19.02 > 22:00
5€ / 3,5€ Combi > 10€ / 7,5€

Kuei Chih-hung, 1983, HK, 35mm, ov st cn & ang, 104'

The Shaws weren’t only fond of kung fu movies. They also made wild supernatural horror films, and here is the most notorious title of the genre. A revenge story that starts off a like so many others until an ejaculating monk appears and the main character hangs over the toilet to vomit an eel. Reality begins to crumble into a thousand pieces, submerging the spectator in an incessant wave of gross images. Half-eaten heads fly through the air, wizards munch on chicken anuses, and naked women non-chalantly rub their watery eyes as they emerge from disemboweled crocodiles. And it keeps going! Your first reaction will be to drop your jaw in amazement, but then hysterical laughter will take over, and that’s a good thing: it’s the sole remedy against the film’s non-stop insanity!

19.02 > 24:00
5€ / 3,5€ Combi > 10€ / 7,5€

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