November 18th, 7:00PM in Garland 104 (2441 E. Hartford)
Before this film, the Hong Kong martial arts action genre did not truly exist in a recognizable framework to what it would later become. They were fantastical swordplay films, and opera adaptations that were more often then not owing more to their stage roots then cinematic sensibilities. But with the start of the now legendary Wong Fei Hung series starring Kwan Tak Hing, everything would begin to change. These films began to include real martial arts forms and a style of fight choreography that had a realist sensibility. The philological traditions of Chinese martial arts became a central theme of the story, these and other innovations stem from a range of martial artists who worked upon the film.