Museum of the Moving Image: A Black History Moment in Hong Kong Action Films

Above, Final Weapon. Right, Stephan Berwick.

Screening & Live Event
A Black History Moment in Hong Kong Action Films: Screening and Discussion With Martial Arts Pioneers Stephan Berwick and Mike Woods

Part of Fist and Sword
Sunday, February 6, 3:00 p.m.

Stephan Berwick, a mainland-China trained martial artist, is one of America’s foremost practitioners of Chinese martial arts and an early Western performer in Hong Kong action films with Hong Kong film legend Mike Woods. Berwick and Woods were the first Western members of the famous “Wo Yuen Ping Clan,” one of the top martial art film families. Wo Yeun Ping is the action director of The Matrix, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Charlie’s Angels, and other seminal action films.

Berwick and Woods will screen and discuss clips of their film performances with Fist and Sword film series curator and Moving Image trustee Warrington Hudlin. In addition to sharing their on-camera and behind-the-scenes experiences in the Hong Kong film industry, Berwick will show the short film he directed, Final Weapon (2010, 15 mins.), which stars Ren Guangyi and Mike Woods, and features an appearance by Lou Reed.

Free with museum admission.

About BFC/A

The Black Film Center/Archive at Indiana University was established in 1981 as the first archival repository dedicated to collecting, preserving, and making available historically and culturally significant films by and about black people. The BFC/A's primary objectives are to promote scholarship on black film and to serve as an open resource for scholars, researchers, students, and the general public; to encourage creative film activity by independent black filmmakers; and to undertake and support research on the history, impact, theory, and aesthetics of black film traditions. View all posts by BFC/A

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