||[Jun. 22nd, 2006|07:40 pm]
NO-LONGER-INFINITE KUNG FU!!! (or: "Bulletproof Funk")
After over a decade of just-under-the-radar hipsterism in the thriving Toronto indie film scene, KUNG FU FRIDAYS will roll its final reel with this Friday June 23rd's screening of THE CRIPPLED AVENGERS. Cripples may have been responsible for closing Toronto's historic Uptown Theatre three years ago, but now should provide a great final sendoff to the even-older Revue theatre on Roncesvalles as we laugh and laugh and laugh at their various degrees of deformity and cripplosity.
Programmer Colin Geddes had this to say on the KFF website:
Disciples, I bear sad, sad news...
It looks like Kung Fu Fridays has come to an end. Not due to a jinx palm blast delivered to my vital solar stance power point, but due to the closing of a cinema. As many of you might have noticed, there has been a "For Sale" sign posted at our former temple, The Royal. Sad news there, but it gets worse. The Revue Cinema is going to close its doors on June 30th as will the Royal, The Kingsway and The Paradise. Afraid I don't have the answers for you and I am a little baffled at the decision, but I do know it means that the Kung Fu Fridays series now has no home. Not to sure what will happen with the series, but in the mean time I will have to go on a trek to a mountain top and ask for advice from my sifu on the future of KFF. Maybe a new temple will be found or built? Maybe the series will change, grow and become a new ferocious cinema experience. Who knows. At this point I certianly hold the golden answer. But the thing is not to be sad. Hold your head high if you have ever attended a screening. We will not be defeated and we will not go without a roar! Scroll down to read about THE VERY LAST KUNG FU FRIDAYS SHOW. So tell your friends about the last screenings. Thank you all for your loyal patronage over the years.
In this week's Sunday Star, there was a very respectful story on the passing of Kung Fu Fridays. Read it here.
And if you are upset by the closing of The Revue, make your voice heard by signing the online petition and learn out to get active in saving The Revue here.
aka MORTAL COMBAT aka RETURN OF THE 5 VENOMS
Director: Chang Cheh
Cast: Chen Kuan-tai, Lu Feng, Phillip Kwok, Johnny Wang Lung Wei,
Lo Meng, Chiang Sheng, Sun Chien, Dick Wei, Jamie Luk Kim Ming, Cheng Miu, Poon Bing Seung, Chui Tai Ping
Hong Kong / Dubbed in English / 1978 / 90 minutes / 14A
June 23 – 9:45pm
The Revue theatre - 400 Roncesvalles Ave.
(3 blocks south of Dundas West subway station)
ISLANDS IN THE SUN (or: "I do believe in ferries; I do; I do.")
An afternoon of CHEAP social-fun on the Toronto Islands, playing frisbee, riding the Log Flume, and such, while basking for free in the not-paid-for sounds of the easily hearable Olympic Island music fest happening nearby.
Afterwards: RAGING KEGGER that same night at a currently-undisclosable location of which anyone coming along will be privy.
Anyone who wants to come along: meet my group in that little outdoors path between both Union Stations (the bit where you go outside for a second to get from the TTC station to the GO station or vice versa) at 1pm Saturday afternoon before we walk to the ferry dock!