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Watch martial-arts films with RZA at one of the city’s best movie theaters

Joshua Rothkopf

Hip-hop's Wu-Tang Clan was, in large part, a cinematic vision: Tracks were laced with samples from martial-arts classics, sword clangs and wise bits of wisdom. Unsurprisingly, the group's central architect, RZA (a.k.a Robert Driggs), is a huge cinephile. Not only has he done original soundtracks for great movies (i.e., Jim Jarmusch's Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai and Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill), he's also directed two features himself. (Read our recent joint Q&A with RZA and Interpol's Paul Banks right here.)

Call it a delicious combo, then, that RZA will be coming to our favorite new theater, the LES's Metrograph (now hosting their killer Brian De Palma series). On Saturday June 25, RZA will personally introduce two of his favorite martial-arts movies, both presented in glorious 35mm prints. At 7:15pm is the incredibly brutal Five Element Ninjas (1982), a Holy Grail for action fans. Then take a break, have dinner, and come back at 10:30pm for House of Traps (1982), also from the legendary Shaw Brothers Studio. Go for the double feature, but only if your sword style is strong.


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