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Kung Fu Movie Nights | Asian society

We’re celebrating the biggest hits (pun intended!) of Hong Kong martial arts films from the 1970s to today with a series of outdoor movie nights!

With breakthrough performances from superstars Bruce Lee, Jet Li and Jackie Chan; iconic fight scenes from choreographers including Yuen Woo-Ping; and directed by Hong Kong masters Tsui Hark and Wong Kar-Wai, these are audience-pleasing blockbusters of the highest caliber.

Bring your own lawn chairs, blankets and snacks to enjoy the show!

Enjoy complimentary refreshments (with ID) from Asahi Beer. Additional food, drinks and snacks will be available for purchase at each screening.

Friday April 8, 2022: Enter the dragon

1973, 102 minutes
Director: Robert Nail | With : Bruce Lee, Jim Kelly, John Saxon, Angela Mao Ying | Language: Cantonese and English with English subtitles

Bruce Lee exploded onto the screen in the film that propelled him to international superstardom. Recruited by an intelligence agency, martial arts student Lee competes in a brutal tournament on a remote island fortress in an effort to gather enough evidence to convict the international drug trafficker responsible for the murder of Lee’s sister (Angela Mao Ying). In the now classic deathmatch, two men enter a mirror maze, but only one will emerge…

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Friday, May 13, 2022: the grand master

2013, 108 minutes
Director: Wong Kar-Wai | With : Tony Leung, Zhang Ziyi, Zhang Jin, Chang Chen | Language: In Mandarin and Cantonese with English subtitles

Director Wong Kar-Wai creates a breathtaking action epic inspired by the life and times of legendary kung fu master, Ip Man (Tony Leung). The story covers the tumultuous republican era that followed the fall of China’s last dynasty: a period of chaos, divided loyalties and war, but also the golden age of Chinese martial arts. Filmed in a range of stunning locations, including the snowy landscapes of northeast China and the country’s subtropical south, the grand master features beautifully directed action by Yuen Woo Ping and virtuoso performances by Leung and a spellbinding Zhang Ziyi as the fictional Gong Er, Ip’s friend and fellow martial artist.

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Friday, May 27, 2022: Once upon a time in China

1991, 134 minutes
Director: Tsui Hark | With : Jet Li, Yuen Biao, Jacky Cheung Hok Yau, Rosamund Kwan | Language: In Cantonese with English subtitles
4K digital restoration

Writer-producer-director by Tsui Hark sprawling vision of a changing 19th century China begins with this entertaining and entertaining epic, a blockbuster hit that cemented Jet Li status as the greatest martial arts superstar of his generation. Li displays his stunning, fast and fluid fighting style as legendary martial arts teacher and physician Wong Fei-hung, who, along with a band of disciples, battles a host of nefarious forces – foreign and local – that threaten sovereignty. China as British and American imperialists encroach on the continent. Once upon a time in ChinaThe jaw-dropping mix of kung fu, comedy, romance and melodrama culminates in a whirling gun-to-gun finale that’s also a thrilling affirmation of Chinese cultural identity.

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Friday, June 17, 2022: Police Story

1985, 100 minutes
Director: Jackie Chan | With : Jackie Chan, Brigitte Lin, Maggie Cheung | Language: In Cantonese with English subtitles
4K digital restoration

Breathtaking backdrops fly fast and furiously in Jackie Chan’s martial arts comedy of jaw-dropping inventiveness, a smash hit that made him a global icon of the daredevil action spectacle. The director/star/solo stunt machine plays Ka-Kui, a Hong Kong police inspector who goes on a rampage to bring down a drug lord and protect the star witness in the case (Chinese movie legend Brigitte Lin) of retaliation. Packed wall-to-wall with charming slapstick goofball and surprisingly acrobatic fight choreography – including an epic melee of flying fists and shattered glass in a mall –Police Story set a new standard for rock-’em-sock-’em mayhem that would influence a generation of filmmakers from Hong Kong to Hollywood.

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The Asia Society Texas performing arts and culture programs are presented by Syamal and Susmita Poddar. Major support comes from Nancy C. Allen, Chinhui Juhn and Eddie Allen, City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance, Houston Endowment and The Brown Foundation Inc. Generous funding also provided by AARP, The Anchorage Foundation of Texas , The Clayton Fund, and the Miller Theater Advisory Board. Additional support provided by the Wortham Foundation, Texas Commission on the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, United Airlines, and through contributions from the Friends of Asia Society, a dedicated group of individuals and organizations committed to providing programming and exceptional exhibitions at Asia Society Center texan.

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About Asia Society Texas

Asia Society Texas believes in the strength and beauty of diversity of perspectives and people. As an educational institution, we advance cultural exchange by celebrating Asia’s vibrant diversity, inspiring empathy, and fostering a deeper understanding of our interconnected world. Covering the fields of arts, business, culture, education and politics, our programming is rooted in the educational and cultural development of our community – trusting in the power of art, dialogue and ideas to fight prejudice and build a more inclusive society.