(Cheng Chang-ho, 1972, Hong Kong, 97 minutes)
Released by Warner Bros. in the U.S. in 1973 as Five Fingers of Death, King Boxer was one of the first kung fu films to play in mainstream American movie houses and was thereby the introduction to the genre for many. At a time when American studios were in financial decline, King Boxer showed U.S. studios the merit of low-cost martial arts productions and built a ravenous audience for the genre along the lines of what horror films enjoy. As such, we have King Boxer to thank for the kung fu invasion that followed.
Screening from a 35mm print courtesy of the American Genre Film Archive.
Thursday, May 16 at 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Winifred Moore Auditorium
470 E. Lockwood Ave., St. Louis, MO 63119
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