Shaolin monks. Animal fighting styles. Flying guillotines. Old school sound effects. White-haired villains with maniacal laughter. This is Kung Fu Theater. Rare 35mm prints of Hong Kong action films from the 1970’s and 80’s, presented by Hollywood Theatre programmer Dan Halsted. We’ve dedicated ourselves to saving these films and presenting them to modern audiences.
On Tuesday, August 9th at 7:30pm, Kung Fu Theater presents an extremely rare 35mm print of the martial arts masterpiece EIGHT DIAGRAM POLE FIGHTER. Around here, we consider this to be the greatest kung fu movie ever made. Advance tickets are strongly recommended, and are available here.
EIGHT DIAGRAM POLE FIGHTER (aka INVINCIBLE POLE FIGHTER) (1984) A family of fighters is ambushed by invaders in a fierce battle that leaves the family’s father and four of six brothers dead. One of the remaining brothers (Gordon Liu) swears revenge, and forces his way into the Shaolin Temple to master his pole fighting skills. When his younger sister is kidnapped by the invaders, it’s payback time. After numerous jaw-dropping fight scenes, there is a massive climactic battle that ranks among the greatest action scenes in movie history. This film is directed by martial arts master Lau Kar Leung (36TH CHAMBER OF SHAOLIN), stars Gordon Liu (36TH CHAMBER, FIST OF THE WHITE LOTUS), and is an all-out kung fu masterpiece.