QUAD, Derby’s gallery is currently housing a series of works by the artist Susan Pui San Lok under the title of RoCH Fans And Legends.  In these artworks she explores adaptations of the famous Condor Trilogy of wuxia (swordsplay) novels by Chinese writer Louis Cha.

To tie in with this exhibition, on November 7th, Satori Screen will be presenting a day of screenings of works on the theme of Chinese literature and legends. Here’s a quick run down on the exciting things we have in store for you.


2006 China Dir: Zhang Yimou 112m
Chow Yun Fat gives excellent slap.

Chow Yun Fat gives excellent slap.

Chow Yun-Fat (Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon) plays the Tang dynasty emperor who returns unexpectedly to his imperial palace to celebrate a holiday with the empress, played by Gong Li (2046). But relations between the couple are strained as she has been having an affair with her stepson (Lie Yu).

Director Zhang Yimou (Hero, House Of Flying Daggers) had the highest budget to date for a Chinese film for this operatic and visually sumptuous adaptation of Cao Yu’s classic Chinese play Thunderbolt, where power struggles, secret agendas and betrayals abound.

Tickets can be booked here.


2000 Taiwan/China/Hong Kong/USA Dir Ang Lee 120m
Michelle Yeoh and Zhang Ziyi fail to reach an understanding.

Michelle Yeoh and Zhang Ziyi fail to reach an understanding.

Master Li Mu Bai (Chow Yun-Fat) asks his friend Yu Shu Lien (Michelle Yeoh) to ensure a valuable and ancient sword is delivered to its new owner safely.  But the sword is soon stolen by a mysterious and talented martial artist and the pair must use both their wits and fighting skills to retrieve it.

Wuxia cinema hit the big time with this worldwide hit from director Lee (The Life Of Pi), which won Academy Awards for Best Foreign Film, Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction and Best Score. A chance to re-acquaint yourself with a classic of world cinema before a belated sequel arrives in cinemas next year.

Tickets can be booked here.


Monkey demonstrates one his bee-rilliant powers.

Monkey demonstrates one of his bee-rilliant powers.

Japan 1978 45m & 45m

Join Monkey, Pigsy and Sandy on their first two adventures! In the first, Monkey is summoned to heaven but when he squabbles with some officials all three are exiled to earth. In episode two the trio meet up with the young priest Tripitaka and begin a journey to India together to retrieve some holy scriptures.

This Japanese television adaptation of Wu Cheng’En’s much loveled novel Journey To The West was a big hit when it hit UK screens in the late ‘70s and remains an irresistible concoction made up of memorable characters, exciting martial arts, and charmingly lo-fi special effects. Monkey magic!

The complete series of Monkey is available to buy in all good retailers. 

Tickets can be booked here.

9:00pm: IP MAN (15)

Hong Kong 2008 Dir: Wilson Yip 108m
Sweep the leg Donnie!

Sweep the leg Donnie!

Ip Man was a hugely influential martial arts grandmaster who specialised in the discipline Wing Chun and counted Bruce Lee amongst his students. This film focuses on his early life during the 1930s in the city of Foshan. Despite his great talent Ip Man (Donnie Yen) tries to keep a low profile and focus on his training, but when the second Sino-Japanese war breaks out and throws the city into chaos Ip Man finds himself compelled to act.

Ip Man was a huge hit on release in Hong Kong and is a trendsetting movie. Many other films featuring the character have followed in its wake but Ip Man remains the original and best.

Tickets can be booked here.

Tickets are available for individual screenings for QUAD’s standard ticket prices. Alternatively, you can buy a pass enabling entry to all four screenings for just £20, saving you over ten pounds. This offer is available in person from QUAD’s box office or by calling 01332 290606.

Susan Pui San Lok’s RoCH Fans And Legends exhibition remains on display in QUAD’s gallery until November 15th. Entry is free.

Satori Screen returns on December 11th with a showing of the nutso Indonesian trash classic Lady Terminator. More on that soon!


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