CHICAGO, IL (January 10, 2014) – From January 7 through March 11, University of Chicago’s Doc Films, in conjunction with the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in New York (HKETONY) (香港駐紐約經濟貿易辦事處) and UChicago Arts’ Envisioning China: A Festival of Arts and Culture, presents Hong Kong Master: The Innovative Kung Fu of Lau Kar-leung (劉家良), a 10-film series highlighting the important contributions of late master Lau (1934-2013) to the martial arts genre. With boundless ingenuity, Lau (aka Liu Chia-liang) elevated the presentation of kung fu onscreen, treating it as a highly specialized art form and not just a tool for exacting revenge.
With the full support of HKETONY, this series pays tribute to Lau’s illustrious 50-year career and Hong Kong’s vital cinematic tradition. On January 21, there will be a special screening of the classic The Legend of Drunken Master (醉拳)starring Jackie Chan (成龍) with an introduction by Anita Chan, Director of HKETONY (香港駐紐約經濟貿易辦事處處長陳淑華).
In coordination with the series, Doc Films is hosting the exhibition “My Way, Lau Kar-leung”(「我自行我路 劉家良」展覽)in the Max Palevsky Cinema lobby. Curated by the Hong Kong Film Archive (香港電影資料館), the exhibit takes a closer look at Lau’s background and career, featuring memorable stills from his films.
Doc Films is proud to screen this program as part of Envisioning China. The five-month festival presents a diverse selection of art, film, music, conversations and performances connected to the arts and cultural history of China. This represents a rare opportunity to place Hong Kong film within a larger cultural context.
For more information, visit http://docfilms.uchicago.edu/
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