American Genre Film Archive, the largest non-profit genre film archive in the world, is excited to announce a theatrical partnership with Hong Kong’s Shaw Brothers Studio. AGFA will distribute thirty new restorations from the Shaw vaults to theaters in 2018. This is AGFA’s latest collaboration following their distribution partnerships with genre home video labels Arrow Films (DONNIE DARKO), Severin Films (SANTA SANGRE), and Vinegar Syndrome (DOLEMITE).
Founded in 1958, Shaw Brothers produced the most significant and popular Chinese-language genre films of all time. From kung-fu battle-epics like THE 36TH CHAMBER OF SHAOLIN to psychedelic monster-mashes like THE MIGHTY PEKING MAN, the studio is responsible for setting off a worldwide cultural explosion of martial arts mania and influencing multiple generations of filmmakers. Quentin Tarantino once told the Los Angeles Times, “For a year, I’d watch one old Shaw Brothers movie a day — if not three.”
AGFA has curated thirty sparkling restorations from the Shaw Brothers vaults to reissue in theaters throughout the year. This includes fan favorites such as THE SUPER INFRAMAN, as well as deep cut horror-blasts like THE BOXER’S OMEN.
“It’s a dream come true to help a new generation of film lovers discover the Shaw Brothers catalog,” said AGFA director Joe Ziemba. “These movies deserve a new life on the big screen, where they can fulfill their destiny of melting as many minds as possible.”
Shaw Brothers movies are available on DCP — and in some cases, 35mm — for theatrical bookings from AGFA starting immediately.
The full list of Shaw Brothers titles distributed by AGFA:
THE 36TH CHAMBER OF SHAOLIN
THE AVENGING EAGLE
BLACK MAGIC 2
THE BOXER’S OMEN
THE BRAVE ARCHER
COME DRINK WITH ME
THE EIGHT DIAGRAM POLE FIGHTER
THE FIVE VENOMS
THE HEROIC ONES
HOLY FLAME OF THE MARTIAL WORLD
INTIMATE CONFESSIONS OF A CHINESE COURTESAN
LEGENDARY WEAPONS OF CHINA
MAD MONKEY KUNG FU
MARTIAL ARTS OF SHAOLIN
THE MIGHTY PEKING MAN
THE SUPER INFRAMAN
THE WATER MARGIN
To book a Shaw Brothers title at your theater, contact us here.