Sunday, December 12, 2021, 1:00 p.m.
Museum of the Moving Image - Bartos Screening Room
Dir. Joseph Kuo. 1977, 89 mins. Newly restored 2K DCP. In Mandarin with English subtitles. With Li Yi-min, Jack Long, Corey Yuen. With action choreography by Corey Yuen and Yuen Cheung-yan, 7 Grandmasters is a nonstop series of freaky fight scenes, with martial artists kicking up dirt and dishing out hurt as Master Sang Kuan-chun (Jack Long) receives an anonymous challenge on the eve of his retirement that sends him on a road trip to prove he’s still the best by taking on every master of the martial arts he can find. No one dies because these fights are about respect and tradition, but somewhere along the way Master Sang gets framed for murder. The film features a psychedelic progression of increasingly insane kung fu stances that sound like someone’s making them up as they go along: Eagle Catches Chicken, Cicada Shedding Its Skin, Buddha Standing on His Hands, the mystical Downstream Current, and our personal favorite, Falling on the Ground.