'The Kid with the Golden Arm'


The Shaw Brothers Kung Fu Style

Every Sun. from Feb. 4-27
3 p.m.
Every Mon. and Tue. from Feb. 5-27
7 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Hugely influential in sparking the martial-arts craze that swept through America in the 1970s, Shaw Brothers Studio was foremost among the Hong Kong production companies that defined the kung fu genre. Overseen by two brothers, Run Run and Runme Shaw, the studio specialized in mythic tales of preternaturally skilled fighters, often seeking revenge against a formidable army of villains. Honoring that legacy, Trylon Cinema is screening rare 35mm prints courtesy of film collector Dan Halsted. The series opens with The 36th Chamber of Shaolin (1978), an epic tale of a young man who dedicates himself to mastering the shaolin arts in order to avenge the oppressed. Vengeance also propels The 8 Diagram Pole Fighter (1984), wherein an aspiring Buddhist must set aside his pacifist vows to oppose the forces that destroyed his family. Essentially an extended series of fight sequences, The Kid with the Golden Arm (1979) uses the treacherous transport of gold as a setup for the evil Chi Sha gang (popularly known as the Deadly Venoms) to battle the equally ferocious heroes. Closing out the series, Bastard Swordsman (1983) centers on an orphan with a mysterious past taking a stand against the Invincible Clan, relying upon his heart, soul, and mastery of the ancient silkworm technique to smite his enemies.