*Martial Club*. 1981. Hong Kong. Directed by Lau Kar-Leung. © Licensed by Celestial Pictures Limited. All rights reserved

Martial Club. 1981. Hong Kong. Directed by Lau Kar-leung. With Gordon Liu Chia-hui, Kara Wai, Wang Lung-wei, Lau Kar-leung. DCP. In Cantonese; English subtitles. 102 min.

Gordon Liu Chia-hui plays a young Wong Fei-hung, the legendary kung fu master. When his friend is brutally injured by members of a rival martial arts club, he must rise to demand justice. Liu displays his remarkable combat skills in an ingeniously choreographed duel in a narrow alleyway that remains one of the best action sequences ever filmed. Lau Kar-leung uses this film as a vehicle to illustrate the age-old code of ethics observed by martial arts practitioners; speaking directly to the camera, he makes a special appearance in the opening credit sequence to demonstrate the kung fu world’s rules of engagement.

  1. Saturday, July 14,
    4:00 p.m.

    The Museum of Modern Art, Floor T2, Theater 2
  2. Sunday, July 8,
    5:00 p.m.

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