[PAST EVENT] Dragon (Wu Xia, 2011), A Martial Arts Majesty - Chinese House Movie Screening

March 20, 2013
8pm - 10pm
Preston Hall (Randolph Complex), 1st Floor: Chinese House
500A Ukrop Way
Williamsburg, VA 23185Map this location
When a mild-mannered peasant unsheathes the powers he has long kept hidden, the results can be spectacular. The same can be said for Peter Chan Ho-sun's Dragon, a martial-arts morality play as lithe as it is forceful. Shown under its original title, Wu Xia, when it was premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2011, Dragon provides a lesson in how to make an internationally appealing action film with depth, feeling and explosive finesse.

In a village in Yunnan province in 1917, Liu Jinxi (Donnie Yen) is a modest man with a loving wife, Ayu (Tang Wei, the female lead in Ang Lee's Lust, Caution), and two young sons. His peaceful world is ripped apart when two bandits burst into town and rob a local store. As the aged owner and his wife cower in a corner, Jinxi takes reluctant action and ultimately kills the two tough guys, one of whom dies from an expert maneuver known only to a few members of the "72 Demons" clan from a neighboring province. These deaths arouse the interest of the investigating detective, Xu Baijiu (Takeshi Kaneshiro). An advanced student of the body's internal workings, Baijiu becomes convinced that Jinxi is the notorious murderer Tang Dong, son of the 72 Demons' Master (Jimmy Wang Yu). But if he is Tang Dong, why is he toiling as a paper-maker in this obscure hamlet? And with what fury might the killer react when he suspects the detective knows the truth?

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