Few kung fu movies are as rightfully revered as The 36th Chamber of Shaolin, the 1978 Shaw Brothers classic starring Gordon Liu. Even if you haven't seen it, you've seen and heard the movie's repercussions, in everything from the Wu-Tang Clan's Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) to Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill. And on Sat April 27, Wu-Tang founder RZA will visit Portland's Hollywood Theatre to perform a live, original score for the action classic.
"The award-winning musician, film composer, and director will draw from a Wu-Tang catalog more than two decades deep, as he drops beats from opening scene to closing credits to amplify the action of Lau Kar Leung's martial arts classic," the Hollywood promises. RZA's well-documented love for 36th Chamber—and his history with and knowledge of martial arts movies in general, from appearing in Jim Jarmusch's Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai to writing, directing, scoring, and starring in The Man with the Iron Fists—should make for a remarkable screening.
Also remarkable: A ticket price of $75 for the event. But considering the passion of those who live in that Venn-diagram space where hip-hop and kung fu overlap, they could probably charge $750 a seat for this thing and still sell it out. Tickets go on sale via the Hollywood Theatre on Tues April 2 at noon for Hollywood Theatre members, and at noon on Wed April 3 for everybody else.