Well, this is it. Tomorrow night is the final Kung Fu Friday show ever thanks to the closure of the Festival Cinemas, and we here at Torontoist are going to head along to lament it’s passing in grand fashion, with one last show of the classic Shaw Brother’s flick Crippled Avengers on the big screen at the Revue.
Crippled Avengers stars the Five Deadly Venoms, the heroes (and villains) of one of the most famous and popular Kung Fu films of all time (The Five Venoms). Torontoist almost can’t do the plot justice, but let’s just say it’s rip-roaring revenge flick with the Five Venoms each crippled (for some reason or other) before learning ‘differently-abled kung-fu’ to teach their crippler a lesson. A lesson they will learn through being beaten up with kung fu.
What more can you ask for, particularly with the traditionally rambunctious Kung Fu Fridays audience, and a buttload of trailers from Kung Fu Fridays’ curator Colin Geddes? Speaking of which, we should point you in the direction of a lovely article in the Toronto Star about these now homeless Kung Fu reels, likely to be lost to the cinema going audiences forever. We should probably just give you a prod to remind you that there’s a petition that can be signed to try and (at least) save the Revue, while we’re at it.
Anyway, no matter what, there’s still going to be one last night of raucous kung fu action on our screens yet, so come along and give Kung Fu Friday one last full house show. Crippled Avengers is showing at the Revue, 400 Roncesvalles at 9:45 this Friday, June 23rd.
People wishing to give a similarly low-brow goodbye to the Royal (608 College) may want to check out Dion Conflict’s Trailer Trash 2, on Saturday 24th, a collection of strange and bizarre trailers from Dion Conflict’s (also probably soon to be lost) personal archives.