9th Old School Kung Fu Fest: Shaolin Kids (1975)

The Old School Kung Fu Fest is back and the Museum of the Moving Image and Subway Cinema will co-present eight newly restored films and one fan favorite classic by Kuo on glorious 35mm. Four titles will be available exclusively online, December 6–13, and another five films for in-person big-screen viewing at MoMI, December 10–12. 

To see any of these shows, visit the Museum of the Moving Image online or Subway Cinema.

Lui is a powerful ex-minister who opposes the ambitious premier Hu Wei Yen. After Lui is assassinated, his daughter Lui Sin (Polly Shang Kwan) and an assorted group of those loyal to the emperor seek revenge and justice.

Also known as Shaolin Death Squad and Shaolin Posse — none of these titles are correct as there are no kids, a death squad or a posse — this Joseph Kuo-directed film is about revenge. As Lui dies, he demands that Lui Sin find revenge for him. Meanwhile, Hu Wei Yung has started expanding his empire by working with tha Japanese.

But Lui has something special beyond her martial arts skills. She has a series of battle orders and letters that prove that Hu Wei Yung has killed her father and been treasonous to the emperor.

Keep an eye out for Carter Wong — Thunder from Big Trouble in Little China — amongst the wuxia battles. It’s not the best martial arts movie ever, but it does have a combattant so tough that he cuts his own arm off and goes right back into the fight.

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