Sunday, October 6, 2013

The Eight Diagram Pole Fighter (1984)

WHO: Directed and co-written by Lau Kar-leung (a.k.a. Liu Chia-liang), who died of leukemia at age 76 this past summer.

WHAT: My favorite kung fu film of all time, which Zach Campbell has noted has "quasi-Brechtian sets and acting"; the fact that it contains particularly exciting action scenes goes without saying.

WHERE/WHEN: Today only at 1:15 PM at the Vogue, presented by the San Francisco Film Society.

WHY: It's the final day of Hong Kong Cinema, the SFFS's first mini-festival of its Fall Season. Other screenings today include Wong Jing's The Last Tycoon, Kiwi Chow's A Complicated Story (executive produced by Johnnie To) and Oxide Pang's Conspirators.

Future Fall Season mini-fests include Zurich/SF October 18-20 and Taiwan Film Days November 1-3. The most recent announcement is the line-up of French Cinema Now, a November 7-10 showcase of Francophone cinema including the local premieres of acclaimed new films by directors such as Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Alain Guiraudie, Nicolas Philibert, Denis Côté, and Claire Denis.

HOW: Blu-Ray presentation.

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