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Fighting Spirit Film Festival 2023 is returning to Stratford East Picturehouse so go and get your tickets for a Martial Arts Filled Weekend! September 9th and 10th 2023

Fighting Spirit presents the only UK screening of Sakra. Action legend Donnie Yen returns to directing and also stars in this latest fantasy adventure, where vengeance and martial arts collide to spectacular effect.

This screening is also supported by the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office.

For the first time ever, Fighting Spirit will present an action feature film from Malaysia. From the same team behind 2019’s Deed of Death, WALID delivers a similar brand of bone breaking action that will leave fans in awe.

After the screening there will be a Q&A with director Areel Abu Bakar.

This year’s classic film is one of the most historic films in Hong Kong cinema, Yes Madam, notably marked by the debuts of action legend Cynthia Rothrock, and international superstar Michelle Yeoh. Featuring a now legendary final action sequence, Yes, Madam is one of the bookmarks of Hong Kong cinema, and Fighting Spirit are proud to collaborate with Eureka Entertainment to bring this restoration to the big screen.

Fighting Sprit presents the first feature film we have selected by a female director (Froukje Tan) – the UK Premiere of Kung Fu Lion, a Dutch production led by former Dutch karate champion Tyrell Williams, and with action sequences designed by Pau Han Kho and Shu Ming Tong, who became known to our audiences for their kung fu steampunk short Steam, which we screened in 2018. The film also stars HK legend Lau Kar Yung, nephew to the late Lau Kar Leung.

After the screening there will be a Q&A with director Froujke Tan and action choreographer Pau Han Kho.

For the team at Fighting Spirit it is always an exciting time to see short film makers making the transition into shooting feature films. ‘Layer of Lies’ is the debut feature from Ramin Sohrab, a stuntman and actor who produced the short ‘Reload’ that was part of FSFF2022. ‘Layer of Lies’ is the first ever Finnish-Iranian action film, and is a feature film that combines classic action drama with the power of low-budget filmmaking as per Sohrab’s vision.

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