Kung Fu Film Nights: 'Once Upon a Time in China'VIEW EVENT DETAILS
Friday, May 27, 2022
8:30 p.m. Film Screening
We’re celebrating the greatest hits (pun intended!) of Hong Kong martial arts films from the 1970s until today with a series of outdoor movie nights!
Featuring groundbreaking performances by superstars Bruce Lee, Jet Li, and Jackie Chan; iconic fight scenes by choreographers including Yuen Woo-Ping; and direction by Hong Kong masters Tsui Hark and Wong Kar-Wai, these are crowd-pleasing blockbusters of the highest caliber.
Each ticket includes:
- A complimentary beer from sponsor Asahi Beer (with proof of ID)
- A complimentary themed cocktail from Desert Door Distillery (with proof of ID)
- A complimentary non-alcoholic beverage
- Plus, the first 20 people to arrive will receive free popcorn and use of an Asia Society lawn mat
- Plus, access to additional food and snacks for sale!
You can also bring your own lawn chairs, blankets, and snacks to enjoy the show!
Friday, May 27, 2022: Once Upon a Time in China
1991, 134 minutes
Director: Tsui Hark | Starring: Jet Li, Yuen Biao, Jacky Cheung Hok Yau, Rosamund Kwan | Language: In Cantonese with English subtitles
4K Digital Restoration
Writer-producer-director Tsui Hark’s sprawling vision of a changing nineteenth-century China begins with this riotously entertaining epic, a blockbuster hit that cemented Jet Li’s status as the greatest martial-arts superstar of his generation. Li displays his stunning, fast-and-fluid fighting style as the legendary martial-arts teacher and doctor Wong Fei-hung, who, with a band of disciples, battles a host of nefarious forces—foreign and local—who are threatening Chinese sovereignty as British and American imperialists encroach upon the Mainland. Once Upon a Time in China’s breathtaking blend of kung fu, comedy, romance, and melodrama climaxes in a whirlwind guns-versus-fists finale that is also a thrilling affirmation of Chinese cultural identity.
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Enter the Dragon
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Friday, May 27, 2022, 8:30 p.m.
Once Upon a Time in China
Friday, June 17, 2022, 8:30 p.m.
Performing Arts and Culture programs at Asia Society Texas are presented by Syamal and Susmita Poddar. Major support comes from Nancy C. Allen, Chinhui Juhn and Eddie Allen, the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance, Houston Endowment, and The Brown Foundation Inc. Generous funding also provided by AARP, The Anchorage Foundation of Texas, The Clayton Fund, and Miller Theatre Advisory Board. Additional support provided by the Wortham Foundation, Texas Commission on the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, United Airlines, and through contributions from the Friends of Asia Society, a dedicated group of individuals and organizations committed to bringing exceptional programming and exhibitions to Asia Society Texas Center.
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Syamal and Susmita Poddar
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About Asia Society Texas
Asia Society Texas believes in the strength and beauty of diverse perspectives and people. As an educational institution, we advance cultural exchange by celebrating the vibrant diversity of Asia, inspiring empathy, and fostering a better understanding of our interconnected world. Spanning the fields of arts, business, culture, education, and policy, our programming is rooted in the educational and cultural development of our community — trusting in the power of art, dialogue, and ideas to combat bias and build a more inclusive society.