Kung Fu movies are some of the best things out there; they’re cheesy, melodramatic, and full of mind-blowing action! So, when we heard of the upcoming fifth annual Old School Kung Fu Fest at the Anthology Film Archives, we knew we had to share the news with you. The fest takes place April 16th-19th, at the Anthology Film Archives in New York City (find directions here).
If you’re a fan of the rarest, wildest, and most incredible martial arts and action cinema from the ‘60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s, then you need the Old School Kung Fu Fest, which is dedicated to the deadliest fighter of them all — the ninja!
See below for the press release and all the ass-kicking details you need.
Since the dawn of time, man’s natural predator has been the ninja. Hiding in your shower, crouching behind your laptop, clinging to your back — the ninja is everywhere. What killed the dinosaurs? Ninja. What battles great white shark? Ninja. Who is buying flowers for your mom? Probably ninja. But ninja is not vampire! Ninja can be filmed! This year’s Old School Kung Fu Fest examines this crazy natural phenomena of ninja with 14 movies that show you this sneaky fighter in the only place where he cannot shoot throwing stars into your eyes: on the movie screen!
There are serious black-and-white ninjas in the original ninja films Shinobi No Mono Parts 1 & 2 (1962 and 1963), super-noir ninjas in 1965’s Samurai Spy, party-colored crazy ninjas from the go-go 80s like American Ninja 1 & 2 and then be entered, revenged, and dominated by Cannon’s essential ninja trilogy: Enter the Ninja, Revenge of the Ninja, and Ninja III: The Domination. Watch brave Chinese people fight ninjas with their guts in Shaw Brothers movies like Five Element Ninjas! See ninjas fly on kites in Duel to the Death! You must see all the ninjas! Because to fight ninja, first you must understand ninja.
The Old School Kung Fu Fest 2015: Enter the Ninjas! is curated by Subway Cinema’s programming team, consisting of Samuel Jamier, Rufus de Rham, and Goran Topalovic.
We’re deeply grateful for the support of the Kenneth A. Cowin Foundation, the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office New York, Mizu Shochu, and Mass Appeal.
Screening materials provided by the American Genre Film Archive, Animeigo, Celestial Pictures, Fortune Star, Kino Lorber, Park Circus, Shochiku, and Toei.
Raffle prizes provided by Blue Snake Books, IDW Publishing, and Well Go USA Entertainment.
Old School Teaser Poster designed by Jerry Ma (Epic Proportions)
Special thanks to Crystal Decker Orren, Jesse Falowitz , Dan Halstead, Devin Power-Bearden, and Keith Allison(Teleport City).
WARNING: do not be scared. Ninja are only in movie and cannot hurt you. They are not actually giant. Except in Duel to the Death.
Now, let’s get to what’s really important, the movies! See all the awesomeness after the jump…