Film Series

All Hail the King: The Films of King Hu

 
 
Jun 6—Jun 17, 2014
 
 
 
 
 
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Master of the martial arts movie, Chinese cinematic titan King Hu revolutionized the wuxia/swordplay film, introducing a refined sense of aesthetics, attention to mise-en-scène, and sense of mysticism to the genre that was borne out of his lifelong love for Chinese opera. With its unique blend of thrilling action and dazzling stylistic expressiveness, Hu’s style influenced decades of subsequent Asian cinema.

BAMcinématek's full-career retrospective of this "extravagantly talented visual stylist" (Bruce Bennett, The New York Sun) presents his work alongside an international selection of films that either anticipate his inimitable style or bear its influence.

Presented in conjunction with the Taipei Cultural Center of TECO in New York.


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PAST EVENTS
Film
A Touch of Zen
 

Hu’s visually stunning masterpiece chronicles a female warrior battling the Ming dynasty.

Fri, Jun 6, 2014
 
 
Film
The Love Eterne
 

This sumptuously mounted musical romance became an enormous box office phenomenon.

Sat, Jun 7, 2014
 
 
Film
Johnny Guitar
 

A tale of Freudian passion, a camp vehicle for Joan Crawford, and a florid satire.

Sat, Jun 7, 2014
 
 
Film
Come Drink with Me
 

Hu’s seminal first wuxia film marries swordplay with the grandeur of Chinese opera.

Sun, Jun 8, 2014
 
 
Film
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
 

Ang Lee’s exhilarating, mega-hit wuxia epic is rife with references to Hu’s work.

Mon, Jun 9, 2014
 
 
Film
Painted Skin
 

Hu’s atmospheric final film is a beguiling tale of a young scholar and a beautiful ghost.

Tue, Jun 10, 2014
Curator's Choice
 
 
Film
All the King's Men
 

This lavish historical epic is a complex tale of court intrigue and political maneuvering.

Wed, Jun 11, 2014
 
 
Film
The Blade
 

Tsui Hark’s brutal and audacious homage to the macho Hong Kong action films of the 1960s.

Fri, Jun 13, 2014
 
 
Film
The Valiant Ones
 

A band of warriors battle Japanese pirates in Hu’s stylistically inventive wuxia film.

Fri, Jun 13, 2014
 
 
Film
Goodbye, Dragon Inn
 

A crumbling Taipei movie palace is the setting for this poignant tribute to King Hu.

Sat, Jun 14, 2014
 
 
Film
Dragon Inn
 

A trio of warriors battle the forces of a conniving eunuch in this martial arts classic.

Sat, Jun 14, 2014
 
 
Film
Seven Samurai
 

Akira Kurosawa’s masterpiece is one of the greatest movie epics of all time.

Sun, Jun 15, 2014
 
 
Film
The Fate of Lee Khan
 

Martial arts icon Angela “Lady Whirlwind” Mao starts in this rousing comic adventure.

Sun, Jun 15, 2014
 
 
Film
Legend of the Mountain
 

This atmospheric supernatural fable is one of Hu’s most visually ravishing works.

Mon, Jun 16, 2014
 
 
Film
Raining in the Mountain
 

Intrigue abounds in a Buddhist monastery in this pictorially lush period drama.

Tue, Jun 17, 2014