Monday, May 7, 2012


Kung Fu Theater hits the Hollywood Theatre once again with a screening of Chang Cheh's (The One-Armed Swordsman) 1978 film Invincible Shaolin.  Hollywood Theatre programming maestro Dan Halsted claims it's "one of the greatest films in the Shaw Brothers canon."   He's got the only existing 35mm print of the film and will be sharing it with the faithful Kung Fu congregants for one-night-only.

Halsted's got a couple of things planned before running the film, too.  Here's what he's got in store for ya:

I'll be showing a slideshow from my adventure unearthing the largest collection of 35mm kung fu films in the Western Hemisphere (including this film). 
I'll also talk about my experience being a victim of excessive force by the Portland Police, my recent lawsuit, and how the city attorney tried to use my kung fu collection against me in the case. The issue with the Portland Police using excessive force has been tolerated for far too long. See the KATU story about my case here.

And here's the Kung Fu Theater synopsis of Invincible Shaolin from their press release:

Kung Fu Theater presents the only known 35mm print of INVINCIBLE SHAOLIN. One of the greatest kung fu films of all time! INVINCIBLE SHAOLIN (1978) The Venom Mob is back! 
The stars of FIVE ELEMENT NINJAS return as a group of fighters who are pitted against each other in a North Shaolin vs. South Shaolin kung fu showdown! Three South Shaolin students start intensive (and extremely strange) training to master various fighting styles and martial arts weaponry. Funky style and huge sideburns reign supreme, colliding with director Chang Cheh's trademark violence and homo-eroticism. Get ready for non-stop kung fu mayhem, and some of the best training sequences in martial arts movie history. A true classic.

Invincible Shaolin plays one-night-only at the Hollywood Theatre on Tuesday, May 8th.  More info available here.

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A last minute heads-up:  the Portland State film department is presenting a one-night-only screening of Michael Mann's Manhunter tonight (5/7) at the Hollywood Theatre.  Professor Dustin Morrow will introduce the film, no doubt offering up some context or lens through which to read the film.

Here's what the Hollywood's press release has to say about the presentation:
Michael Mann writes, produces, directs and edits his own films. He has a hand in the costuming, the art direction, and the cinematography. Mann’s films demonstrate a cinema of control – he obsesses over every single frame. No contemporary filmmaker over the last two decades has more delicately straddled the line between mainstream big-budget blockbusters and personal, art-house films. Mann’s psyche is always front-and-center in his films, questioning masculinity, professionalism, bureaucracies, authority, corruption, and the roles that modern man is expected to play in society. His films are simultaneously authentic and dreamlike, deliberate, surreal and stylized. Mann is a filmmaker of fierce vision, an original and influential voice in contemporary cinema. 

On May 7th, the Hollywood Theater, in partnership with the Portland State University Film Program, will present a screening of the film many consider to be Mann’s masterpiece, Manhunter. An adaptation of Thomas Harris’s bestseller Red Dragon, and the first film to introduce the character of Hannibal Lector, Manhunter follows FBI profiler William Petersen as he attempts to track down a vicious serial killer known as the Tooth Fairy.

Manhunter plays one-night-only at the Hollywood Theatre on Monday, May 7th.  More info available here. 

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