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Kung Fu Fest in New York to honor Lau Kar-leung's legacy

The special exhibition "My Way, Lau Kar-leung" highlights Mr. Lau's life and career.

The Old School Kung Fu Fest 2014, organized by Subway Cinema and the Anthology Film Archives, will feature a "Lau Kar-leung Tribute" sponsored by the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in New York. The three-day festival (April 18-20) will also feature a New York premiere of an exhibition about Mr. Lau's life and career.

The April 18 screening will feature guest speaker, Sifu Alex Richter, the chief instructor and president of the City Wing Tsun martial arts school, who will talk about how Mr. Lau impacted the kung fu world.

Mr. Lau (1934-2013) was the first director to treat kung fu realistically, pitting style against style (Northern Fist vs. Southern Leg; Monkey Boxing vs. Drunken Boxing). Mr. Lau made movies where martial arts were a philosophy, training elevated the soul, virtue was more important than survival, and invincible enemies were stabbed in the eardrums.

The five films to be screened as part of the tribute are “The 36th Chamber of Shaolin,” “Challenge of the Masters,” “Heroes of the East” (aka “Challenge of the Ninja” and “Shaolin Challenges Ninja”), “Dirty Ho” and “Legendary Weapons of China.”

Screenings will be held at the Anthology Film Archives (32 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10003). Tickets are available for purchase at Anthology’s box office on the day of the show. The box office opens 30 minutes before the first show of the day.


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