They're undead. They're hungry. And they can only achieve locomotion via goofy little hopscotch jumps. They're called jiangshi, accursed demons feeding on qi the same way Dracula feeds on blood, and they made the Hong Kong film industry a weirder and wilder place as their popularity peaked during the '80s. In this lecture, film critic Charles Bramesco leads a tour through the compact yet colorful canon of jiangshi cinema, those gonzo pastiches of horror, slapstick comedy, and martial arts featuring the Chinese vampires of legend. From early rumblings in the '30s to a blockbusting heyday pre-Handover to the mashup featuring a cheap RoboCop knockoff, this mini-genre varied in quality, but was never boring. Ghoul-repelling paper talisman not included with ticket price.
Presented by Charles Bramesco