*Dirty Ho*. 1979. Hong Kong. Directed by Lau Kar-Leung. © Licensed by Celestial Pictures Limited. All rights reserved

Dirty Ho. 1979. Hong Kong. Directed by Lau Kar-leung. With Gordon Liu Chia-hui, Wong Yue, Kara Wai. DCP. In Cantonese; English subtitles. 102 min.

Master Wang (Gordon Liu Chia-hui) poses as a wine and antiques connoisseur to hide his true nobility and kung fu prowess. When he meets Dirty Ho (Wong Yue), a witty con artist, Wang knows he has found the right man to help him untangle a royal succession plot. Injured in an attempt on his life, Wang puts Ho through backbreaking kung fu training in anticipation of his enemies’ treachery. A series of superbly choreographed set pieces, including a humor-infused sequence in which Wang turns a brothel courtesan (Kara Wai) into a lethal weapon, proves Lau Kar-leung a most inventive, sharp-minded action director.

  1. Sunday, July 15,
    2:00 p.m.

    The Museum of Modern Art, Floor T2, Theater 2
  2. Thursday, July 12,
    7:00 p.m.

    The Museum of Modern Art, Floor T2, Theater 2
This film accompanies The Grandmaster: Lau Kar-leung.