Monday, 21 July 2008

Heroes of the East Screening with Gordon Liu

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Heroes of the East / 中華丈夫

Seen: Saturday July 19, 2008 at Innis Town Hall, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Gordon Liu was in attendance for a Q&A after this film as well as an autograph session. The presentation of this classic kung fu film directed by Lau Kar-Leung was by Reel Asian, Kung Fu Fridays and Alliance Films/Dragon Dynasty.

What a fantastic event this screening was! Not only was the film great but the audience was lively and it was a treat to have Gordon Liu (36th Chamber of Shaolin, Kill Bill Vol 1 & 2) not only there for a Q&A but also in the audience during the film.

The film diplomatically shows the differences in style and intent between Chinese kung fu and Japanese martial arts initially through the persepective of a newlywed couple. This sets the stage to not only demonstrate multiple techniques but also to explore gender roles & dynamics, appropriate social behavious and cultural identity. As the film progresses the action sequences come to the forefront showcasing numerous styles and weaponry. The physicality of the actors is magnificent and entertaining. What brings the film to a higher level is that it always keeps to heart themes of fairness and cultural exchange. Inspiring and action-packed, this is one film not to be missed.

Shannon's Overall View:
I loved it
I'll buy it
I recommend it, especially to kung fu film fans

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© Shannon Ridler, 2008

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Gordon Liu (centre), Colin Geddes (right)

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3 comments:

Sacred Suzie said...

Shannon, is this a new movie? Or is a re-release of the 1978 one? Very cool regardless!

Shannon the Movie Moxie said...

It was a special screening of the 1978 film. It's available now on DVD - and I bet you and R would love it!

Sacred Suzie said...

That is so cool Shannon! I wonder if he's seen it, I'll have to ask him. Thanks for letting me know.

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