*Legendary Weapons of China*. 1982. Hong Kong. © Licensed by Celestial Pictures Limited. All rights reserved

Legendary Weapons of China. 1982. Hong Kong. Directed by Lau Kar-leung. With Lau Kar-leung, Lau Kar-wing, Kara Wai, Gordon Liu Chia-hui, Hsiao Hao. DCP. In Cantonese; English subtitles. 105 min.

The Qing court has solicited a mystical clan of boxers to withstand foreign gunfire. Lau Kar-leung stars as Lei Kung, one of the leading boxers, who dissolves his own fraction in order to preserve life. Seen as a traitor, he is hunted down by various fighters, played by Lau’s all-time favorite kung fu stars Gordon Liu Chia-hui, Kara Wai, and Hsiao Hao. Spectacularly and intricately choreographed combat ensues, but the ultimate battle belongs to Lau and his real-life brother Lau Kar-wing, who plays one of the assassins. Their unforgettable, grueling, 10-minute long fight using a dizzying slew of lethal weapons is Lau’s utmost expression of love for Chinese martial arts.

  1. Friday, July 13,
    7:30 p.m.

    The Museum of Modern Art, Floor T2, Theater 2
  2. Thursday, July 5,
    7:00 p.m.

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