Screen/Society--Kung Fu 'Sifu' Lau Kar-leung--"Martial Club AKA Instructors of Death" (1981) 35mm Print
Instructors of Death AKA Martial Club
(Lau Kar-leung, 1981, 102 min, Hong Kong, dubbed in English, 35mm)
Gordon Liu Chia-hui plays a young Wong Fei-hung, the legendary kung fu master. When his friend is brutally injured by members of a rival martial arts club, he must rise to demand justice. Liu displays his remarkable combat skills in an ingeniously choreographed duel in a narrow alleyway that remains one of the best action sequences ever filmed. Lau Kar-leung uses this film as a vehicle to illustrate the age-old code of ethics observed by martial arts practitioners; speaking directly to the camera, he makes a special appearance in the opening credit sequence to demonstrate the kung fu world's rules of engagement. (MOMA)
Courtesy of Celestial Pictures Limited. 35mm film prints provided by University of North Carolina School of the Arts Moving image Archives.