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If poorly-dubbed, violent martial arts films are your cup of tea, then you need to be at Ragtag Cinema this week. Ragtag is hosting Kung Fu Nights on Thursday and Friday, with two double-feature screenings filled with ninjas, villains, sword fighting and even chess boxing.
The Grindhouse Trailer Spectactular: 9:15 p.m.
Everyone knows the 1970s was a strange time. But watch some of these trailers, and you’re going to wonder how anyone made it out of the era alive. A selection of bizarre and outrageous film trailers, shown on 35mm, will kick off the night’s features. They’re trailers about strange films that were purposely made even stranger so audiences simply had to see the real deal. There’s no way this can’t be good.
The Mystery of Chess Boxing: 10:15 p.m.
The activities of chess and kung fu aren’t normally linked together, but in this 1979 film, a young kung fu student learns the key to defeating the wretched Ghostface Killer comes from mastering the art of this combined sport. Fun fact: This movie is the inspiration for the Wu-Tang Clan’s “Da Mystery of Chessboxin’”.
Eight Diagram Pole Fighter: 8:45 p.m.
Forget the ho-hum karate chop. This film has martial arts masters fighting with poles. Seeking to avenge the death of his family members, martial arts master Gordon Liu battles his enemies…with poles.
The Bastard Swordsman: 10:30 p.m.
This 1983 film follows the story of an orphan who finds himself the target of bullying at the kung-fu school he attends. However, once he uncovers his clan’s “silkworm technique”, the young boy transforms into a powerful fighter.
Each double feature costs $8, and they are free for Ragtag members.
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