Now, this is a film festival I can relate to: "The Old School Kung Fu Fest 2015". It will be held April 16-19 in New York.
Billed as "a four-day celebration of the rarest, wildest, and most incredible martial arts and action cinema from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s" this year's edition of the festival is ninja centered. Featured films include:
SHINOBI parts 1&2
AMERICAN NINJA, parts 1&2
ENTER THE NINJA
REVENGE OF THE NINJA
NINJA III: THE DOMINATION
FIVE ELEMENT NINJAS
DUEL TO THE DEATH
There are some old, corny flicks in this year's fest with outlandish sound effects and of course, extreme wire-fu. Should be a good time, for only a $10 admission. Those lucky to be in NY, the fest will be held on 32nd Street, at Anthology Film Archives.
Those of us who love martial arts films, lived off these movies in an effort to recapture Bruce Lee's works. When Lee burst on the American cinema front, folk couldn't get enough of martial arts films, and some of these films, which never would have made it across the ocean otherwise, hit first run theatres with solid box office success. After Lee's death, Hollywood searched for numerous heirs to his mantle. Chuck Norris, Stephen Segal, Jeff Speakman, Jackie Chan and Jet Li all became action stars because viewers were looking for the next Bruce Lee. This festival should bring back memories for those of us who lived through Lee's emergence as a Hollywood star, and the attempt to discover his replacement.