GOMA Delivers Action, Hong Kong Style
By: Craig Villinger on August 20, 2013 | Comments
GOMA Delivers Action, Hong Kong Style

The Gallery of Modern Art's Australian Cinémathèque made horror fanatics across Australia wish they lived in Queensland (well, for a month or so at least) earlier this year during their Monsters film program, and now they've gone and done the same for lovers of Hong Kong action cinema with the announcement of Action, Hong Kong Style.

Beginning on September 6 and concluding on November 8, Action, Hong Kong Style is an exhaustive retrospective featuring a jaw-dropping seventy movies, all chock-full of martial arts, sword fighting, and two-fisted gunplay from the far East. From the earliest adventures of Wong Fei-hung in the 1940's to the Shaw Brothers epics of the 60's and 70's, through to the Heroic Bloodshed of the 80s and the new millennium's crime and martial arts productions, Action, Hong Kong Style is the biggest and bloodiest collection of Eastern action offerings this country has ever seen. Seriously, draw up a list of your favourite Hong Kong action flicks, and there's a good chance several of them are featured on GOMA's program.

So, what's on offer? The full program is far too expansive to cover in great detail here, so we'll just pluck a few of our personal favourites from the list.

For us, the main attraction is a selection of John Woo's bullet riddled classics from the Heroic Bloodshed era, with A Better Tomorrow, A Better Tomorrow 2, The Killer, Bullet in the Head and Hard Boiled all featured. However, if the sight of several hundred people being mowed down by frenetic gunfire isn't your thing the Action, Hong Kong Style program has much, much more to offer.

Hard Boiled Chow

Shaw Brothers fans can expect over a dozen productions from the famed studio, including One-Armed Swordsman, The Chinese Boxer, The Five Venoms, and The 36th Chamber of Shaolin. The daredevil antics of Jackie Chan will be on display in Drunken Master, Drunken Master 2, Police Story, and Police Story 3: Supercop, and devotees of the martial arts can also look forward to Bruce Lee's The Big Boss, Fist of Fury, The Way of the Dragon and Enter the Dragon.

What about Tsui Hark, Jet Li, Sammo Hung, Ringo Lam, Donnie Yen, and Johnnie To? Yep, they'll all be there in some capacity, with the likes of The Blade, the Once Upon a Time in China trilogy, Pedicab Driver, City on Fire, IP Man, A Hero Never Dies and Full Contact appearing on the program. Kung-fu legend Wong Fei-hung will battle a gorilla in Wong Fei-Hung's Battle with the Gorilla, and the retrospective will even contain a hint of Ozploitation with a screening of the Hong Kong/Australian co-production The Man from Hong Kong.

That's just a small sampling of the program. You can check out the full screening schedule at the Gallery of Modern Art website.

Tickets for Action, Hong Kong Style will go on sale in September.

Now then, where's that Brisbane real estate guide...

The Man from Hong Kong

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