KUNG FU + HIP HOP: CAN I KICK IT?
With: Shaolin Jazz
Screening: Raid Redemption
Upstairs, All Ages
DOORS: 6:00 PM // SHOW: 6:00 PM
TUESDAY OCTOBER 25, 2016
Throughout the ’80s and early ’90s in the United States it was common to catch martial arts films from Hong Kong on TV during weekend mornings. The type of TV programming was usually referred to as ‘Kung-Fu Theater’, and the films themselves became more widely known as ‘Kung-Fu Flicks’. Most of them were made in the 1970’s, incorporated stunning and acrobatic choreographed fight scenes, and featured English-language overdubs (voice recordings) that were done so poorly that they seemed somewhat comical. These movies garnered a cult following and became etched into American popular culture; and more particularly, Hip-Hop culture. Several rap artists have made references to characters and major players from films of those era; many B-Boys/B-Girls have patterned some of their power moves from maneuvers originally seen in those films; and some artists such as Wu-Tang Clan, Fu-Schnickens, Jeru da Damaja, and King Just have incorporated elements of East Asian martial arts philosophy [based on what they have seen in those films] into their own respective images and persona.
Since the ’80s and early ’90s, those same types of movies are no longer as present on TV. As a result, they are becoming virtually unknown to younger generations, and nearly forgotten to others who experienced them. CAN I KICK IT? is a new way to re-introduce classic Kung-Fu flicks. It is a revival of Kung-Fu theater, but remixed.