Fantastic Fest is Honoring Martial Arts Legend Yuen Woo-Ping
Another great announcement regarding Fantastic Fest next month. Fantastic Fest will honor director and master fight choreographer Yuen Woo-Ping with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the world premiere of his new martial arts fantasy True Legend (seen above), starring Vincent Zhao (Dragon Gets Angry), Zhou Xun (The Emperor and the Assassin) with Michelle Yeoh (Babylon A.D.) and the late David Carradine (Kill Bill). We actually featured a trailer for True Legend late last year, which you can still watch right here. That movie will play as part of a double feature with Snake in the Eagle's Shadow, Woo-Ping's directorial debut.
Besides the numerous films he's directed, Yuen Woo-Ping is also known as one of the greatest martial arts choreographers of all-time who has choreographed many of the unforgettable fights in films like The Matrix trilogy, Kill Bill Vol. 1 & 2, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Iron Monkey, Drunken Master, Once Upon a Time in China, Fist of Legend and Kung Fu Hustle. This is an incredible opportunity for fans of Woo-Ping to not only see him in person at his first ever US festival appearance, but also see his newest film and his first film (from 1978 starring Jackie Chan!) on the big screen at the Paramount Theatre down in Austin, Texas.
If you're interested in attending, you can buy tickets for this event specifically starting September 7th on the Fantastic Fest website. "We are thrilled to have a filmmaker of Mr. Yuen's incredible talent and filmography attend our festival to accept the Lifetime Achievement Award," stated Fantastic Fest's Tim League. "A large part of our programming at Fantastic Fest is devoted to a genre of which Mr. Yuen represents the pinnacle of quality." I'm very excited to attend this event and will definitely be there on Saturday, September 25th for the double feature. I have never seen Snake in the Eagle's Shadow and True Legend looks awesome, too.