Exhumed Films and International House present
The Best of Asian Action!
Exhumed Films ends
summer with a bang with a double feature of amazing Hong Kong action films!
Dir. John Woo / Hong Kong / 1989 / 35mm /111 min / Subtitled
Perhaps the most iconic of Hong Kong’s “New Wave” of action movies that rose in popularity during the late 1980s, THE KILLER was an international sensation that set both director John Woo and leading man Chow Yun-Fat along the road to superstardom. Full of the pyrotechnics, stylish camera work and hyper-choreographed gunplay that became Woo’s trademark, THE KILLER is also an artistic and intelligent deconstruction of the traditional gangster stereotype. Chow Yun-Fat stars as Ah Jong, a hitman with a conscience—when an innocent bystander is accidentally blinded during a shootout, the repentant assassin decides to give up his criminal lifestyle and make amends to the injured young woman. But after his “one last job” spirals out of control, Ah Jong must face off against the entire mob—with only his greatest adversary by his side!
FIST OF THE WHITE LOTUS
Dir. Lo Lieh / Hong Kong / 1980 / 35mm / 95 min / Subtitled
This fantastic Shaw Brothers martial arts favorite reunites two of the greatest stars of 1970s Kung Fu filmdom, Gordon Liu (36TH CHAMBER OF SHAOLIN) and Lo Lieh (FIVE FINGERS OF DEATH). Lo Lieh directs and stars in this sequel to EXECUTIONERS OF SHAOLIN as the brother of Pai Mei, the legendary priest of the White Lotus clan (also played by Lieh in the previous film). The new character, “White Eyebrows,” is seeking vengeance against his brother’s killers, which brings him face-to-face with the talented Shaolin monk Hung Wen Ting (Gordon Liu). Which warrior will reign supreme in this ultimate battle of master killers? Fun fact: Quentin Tarantino resurrected the Pai Mei/White Eyebrows character for his film KILL BILL: VOLUME II, and cast original Pai Mei opponent Gordon Liu in the role!