Saturday, Dec 11, 2021 at 1:00 pm
Location: Bartos Screening Room
Dir. Joseph Kuo. 1976, 95 mins. Newly restored 2K DCP. In Mandarin with English subtitles. With Carter Huang (aka Carter Wong), Polly Shang-kuan, Tien Peng. When the Manchu invaders stormed China and deposed the 300-year-old Ming Dynasty, loyalists promptly went into hiding. They led an underground resistance for the next 400 years centered on the cradle of Southern Chinese martial arts, the Shaolin Temple. In the first of two films telling this story with essentially the same cast, Kuo takes the point of view of the good guys. 18 Bronzemen stars Carter Huang as the son of heroic Ming rebels, spirited away from a Qing-led massacre of his family and hidden in Shaolin Temple, where he spends 20 years learning Shaolin kung fu before graduating by entering the labyrinth of death to face the 18 gold-skinned fighting robots of the title.