Kung-Fu Nights Double Feature
Friday February 8th at 7:00pm
The Big Boss
If ever there were proof positive of Bruce Lee’s charisma and the power that emanated from him as if it were pure sunlight, “The Big Boss” is that proof. Were it not for him, “The Big Boss” would most likely have slipped through the cracks of history, but it was precisely because of his face on the poster that it would become the historical classic that it is.
Bruce Lee’s character goes to Thailand to work for an ice company, when he realizes the owners are drug smugglers and also murderers of whoever figures out that they are drug smugglers. Only Lee promised his mother he wouldn’t fight. A promise he ultimately breaks, first with one of the quickest one-two kick of all time, disarming a foe of his knife then catching him in the face. Then he kicks a whole mountain of ass during the ultimate showdown, slicing people open, then, at one point, kicking a guy through a wall. In his film debut, Bruce Lee proves nobody looked stronger or handsomer while doing high-kicks on-screen.
Meals on Wheels
Jackie Chan, Yuen Biao and Sammo Hung were longtime best friends that all attended the Peking Opera School together. They made Wheels on Mealsduring a mini golden age of Hong Kong cinema where they, three of the country’s biggest stars, starred in various pictures together. They play three brothers that deliver fast food when two of them fall for a beautiful woman (Lola Forner, a former Ms. Spain), who robs them of their meager money. But, she’s also the heiress to a massive fortune that a criminal gang kidnaps her in order to get their hands on. So the three brothers decide to rescue her. Chan and Hung do their usual physical gags and feats of astonishing, inventive athleticism, but the scene that really makes the film memorable is Chan’s showdown with American kickboxer, Benny “the Jet” Urquidez, who at one point whips a roundhouse kick that blows out the candles on a table. They spare gamely, with Chan mugging throughout with the casual prowess of Steph Curry yo-yoing the ball through his legs, before he knocks Urquidez out the window with a flying knee. The solid fight scenes and dynamic between the brothers makes this a great piece of Kung-Fu Cinema