(Not Just) Hong Kong Action Film Series

Posted by sfindie June 20, 2016 1817 views


For the month of July SF IndieFest re-opens the 91 year old Great Star Theater as a (mostly) full tme movie theater! With films from Thailand, Japan, Finland (!), USA, South Korea, China and Hong Kong, the (NOT JUST) HONG KONG ACTION FILM SERIES will present current and classic action films in the style of the regular offerings of the Great Star from 15-20 years ago.


Built in 1925 for Chinese Opera, The Great Star Theater began showing films in 1940. Bruce Lee’s parent’s starred in productions at the theater in the 40s and 50s and young Bruce would sleep back stage. Later he would go on to star in films that would play on the screen.  In the early 70s Run Run Shaw purchased the Great Star so he could run original language Mandarin and Cantonese films for the primarily expat community here in Chinatown. For nearly thirty years The Great Star Theater was San Francisco’s home to the Hong Kong Action films that Shaw released at a rate of nearly one per week. Bruce Lee, Jet Li, Jackie Chan and Chow Yun Fat flipped, fought, and saved the day every week.  When Run Run retired in 1999 the building was shuttered and sat empty for fifteen years. In October of 2015 The Great Star Trust formed a non profit organization with the mission to revitalize the venue as a home for life theater and cinema. Since the re-opening there have been films, cabarets, Broadway musicals, and now this Film Festival honoring our past. Please pardon our wrinkles as we are beginning of our facelift. The Great Star is a magical place where good triumphs over evil, villains are vanquished, and the hero always gets the girl.



Black Mask (Hak hap)

Cradle 2 the Grave

Death Machines

Dynamite Warrior (Khon fai bin)

Enter The Dragon

The Forbidden Kingdom

Hero (Ying xiong)

Iron Monkey (Siu nin Wong Fei Hung chi: Tit ma Lau)

Ip Man (Yip Man)

Police Story 4: First Strike (Ging chat goo si 4)

Jade Warrior (Jadesoturi)

Fearless (Huo Yuanjia)

The Legend of Drunken Master (Jui kuen II)

The Medallion

The One

Killing Two Birds with One Stone (Yi shi er niao)

Return of the Street Fighter (Satsujin ken 2)

Romeo Must Die

Shanghai Noon

The Warrior (Musa)

Zu Warriors (Shu shan zheng zhuan)