Return of 18 Bronzemen
Saturday, December 11, 2021, 4:00 p.m.
Museum of the Moving Image - Bartos Screening Room
Dir. Joseph Kuo. 1976, 92 mins. Newly restored 2K DCP. In Mandarin with English subtitles. Inexplicably released before 18 Bronzemen everywhere except its native Taiwan, the sequel takes us to the dark side, with Carter Huang as an evil Qing prince who stages a coup, murders his dad, and poisons his brother. In flashback, we meet Huang as a young, fun-loving punch-a-holic who discovers that he can’t beat Shaolin kung fu, so he disguises himself and enrolls in the monastery, determined to pack their 20-year training program into a single year. Ultimately, he learns he can be a Shaolin monk or a Qing prince, but not both. Kuo’s 18 Bronzemen films would become so popular they remain a staple of the Shaolin legend to this day.