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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

NYAFF 2010: Calloused Fists of the Beast

Right to Left: Bruce Leung and MC Jin

NEW YORK, July 8 -- On the closing day of the 2010 New York Asian Film Festival (NYAFF), they featured a retro-kung-fu flick named Gallants. It was a return to the original Hong Kong Kung-fu feature with tonue-in-cheek references to the old school classics.

Executive produced by Andy Lau (劉德華), the film features several old school kung-fu stars such as Bruce Leung Siu-Lung (梁小龍) and Chen Kuan-tai (陳觀泰). They are joined by some younger cast members such as Wong Yue-nam(黄又南) and MC Jin (歐陽靖).

The plot is a simple revenge story with an interest twist. The film begins with a wimpy office worker named Cheung (Wong Yue-nam) who gets beat up by local thugs. Tiger (Bruce Leung) saves him from a brutal beat down, and the young Cheung begs the old man to teacher him kung-fu.

It’s a fun throwback to the kung-fu flicks of the 70s and 80s including numerous references to classic martial films like Enter the Dragon.

After the screening, the NYAFF hosted a quick Q&A with both Bruce Leung and MC Jin. The pair mostly talked about the impact of early martial arts films on the Hong Kong cinema.

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