The Chinese Boxer

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Sun, Jul 6

3:30pm

The Chinese Boxer
龍虎鬥 | Jimmy Wong Yu, 1970
Hong Kong | Mandarin with English subtitles | Format: Digibeta | 86 minutes

Note: Due to unforeseen circumstances, actor Jimmy Wong Yu is no longer able to attend.

When you talk about movies that changed the world, The Chinese Boxer unquestionably has to take its place among them. Jimmy Wong Yu was already an established superstar in Hong Kong and Asia, but The Chinese Boxer, his first film as director, wasn’t just the first open-handed martial-arts film from Hong Kong to become a worldwide blockbuster, but its influence on all martial-arts films since, especially Bruce Lee’s, cannot be understated. And like many influential films, it remains a classic because it’s terrific, still incredibly exciting and fun, with fight scenes (including a fantastic climatic battle between Wong Yu and Lo Lieh) that are some of the best in movie history. The story may seem like a like bunch of clichés, filled with scenes you’ve seen in other movies, but keep in mind that this is the movie those films took it from. The Chinese Boxer is one of the true martial-arts classics, as amazing now as it was in 1970. Part of Sir Run Run Shaw Tribute. Presented with the support of Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office New York and Celestial Pictures.

Series: New York Asian Film Festival 2014

Venue: Walter Reade Theater

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