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Celestial Pictures & Alamo Drafthouse Present “RZA: LIVE FROM THE 36th CHAMBER”

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-Wu-Tang Clan founder RZA performs an epic live score accompanying the Shaw Brothers martial arts masterpiece THE 36TH CHAMBER OF SHAOLIN.
SINGAPORE /PRNewswire/ — Celestial Pictures and Alamo Drafthouse are proud to announce an event bringing together hip hop and martial arts courtesy of rapper, music producer and filmmaker, RZA — RZA: LIVE FROM THE 36TH CHAMBER, featuring a live re-scoring of the seminal Shaw Brothers film, THE 36th CHAMBER OF SHAOLIN.

Equal part Shaw Brothers disciple and music authority, RZA will lean on his massive musical repertoire to give THE 36th CHAMBER OF SHAOLIN a score unlike anything that has been heard before. RZA’s performance will be re-scored utilizing a Wu-Tang catalog over two decades and will coexist with the film’s existing audio track to create a fully realized, real-time audio and visual experience.

“The influence of Shaw Brothers films on my work has been profound,” said RZA. “From the first time I saw their movies as a kid in New York’s Times Square, I knew that this was something I had to do. For decades, I’ve been dreaming of stepping into the 36th Chamber.”

Masterfully directed by Liu Chia-liang and starring the indomitable Gordon Liu, THE 36th CHAMBER OF SHAOLIN was originally released in 1978 and quickly became a defining statement in the film industry in Asia while establishing a new standard in martial arts cinema. It is because of this exceptional standard that RZA personally selected this film to re-score.

“Celestial Pictures, as custodian of the Shaw Brothers library, is very excited to bring THE 36TH CHAMBER OF SHAOLIN to the U.S. in this unique format and with such an exceptional talent,” said Kristen Tong, Chief Operating Officer at Celestial Pictures. “This collaboration with RZA will further bring existing fans and new audiences to these classic films in fresh ways.”

“This really is a clash of the titans – two icons, masters of their craft, coming together to create something very special and wholly unique,” said Tim League, CEO and founder of Alamo Drafthouse. “We’re incredibly excited to be a part of this and help RZA realize his dream whilst sharing it with fans across the country.”

Tickets are available at and at the Town Hall Box Office.

Date: November 10th 2016
Venue: The Town Hall (123 W 43rd St, New York, NY 10036)

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About Celestial Pictures:

Celestial Pictures Limited (Celestial Pictures) is a diversified entertainment company bringing the best in Asian entertainment to the world. The company focuses on film and television content origination, aggregation and worldwide distribution.

Celestial Pictures owns the Shaw Brothers library, one of the world’s largest Chinese film collections, with over 760 feature films originally released over a fifty-year period. The library has inspired countless filmmakers with its vast pool of classics including THE FIVE VENOMS, HEX, THE 36TH CHAMBER OF SHAOLIN, ONE-ARMED SWORDSMAN, KING BOXER, THE FLYING GUILLOTINE and LET’S MAKE LAUGH. These award-winning films have been digitally restored frame-by-frame for global distribution. The company has also been active in producing new film content, both originals and remakes based on the Shaw Brothers library films. Recent releases include PERHAPS LOVE, MY KINGDOM and CONTROL.

Celestial Pictures has a substantial investment in Celestial Tiger Entertainment (CTE), a venture with Saban Capital Group and Lionsgate. It operates branded pay television channels and produces and distributes content for Asian audiences. CTE’s channel bouquet includes CELESTIAL MOVIES, CELESTIAL CLASSIC MOVIES, CELESTIAL MOVIES PINOY, cHK, KIX, MIAO MI and THRILL, with a footprint that spans Asia and Australia.

Headquartered in Hong Kong, Celestial Pictures is owned by Astro Overseas Limited.

About Alamo Drafthouse:

Tim and Karrie League founded Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in 1997 as a single-screen mom and pop repertory theater in Austin. 19 years later, the now 23-location chain has been named “the best theater in America” by Entertainment Weekly and “the best theater in the world” by The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema has built a reputation as a movie lover’s oasis not only by combining food and drink service with the movie-going experience, but also introducing unique programming and high profile, star-studded special events. Alamo Drafthouse Founder & CEO Tim League created Fantastic Fest, a world-renowned film festival dubbed “The Geek Telluride” by Variety. Fantastic Fest showcases eight days of genre cinema from independents, international filmmakers and major Hollywood studios. The Alamo Drafthouse’s collectible art gallery, Mondo, offers breathtaking, original products featuring designs from world-famous artists based on licenses for popular TV and Movie properties including Star Wars, Star Trek & Universal Monsters. The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is expanding its brand in new and exciting ways, including Drafthouse Films, which has garnered two Academy Award nominations in its short four-year existence, and Birth.Movies.Death., an entertainment news blog curated by veteran journalist Devin Faraci.

About RZA:

The Wu-Tang Clan’s chief producer, the RZA (aka the Abbott, Prince Rakeem, the Rzarector, Bobby Steels, and Bobby Digital) was born Robert Diggs. He first surfaced in the early ’90s as a member of the rap unit All in Together Now, a group that also featured fellow Wu-Tang members the Genius (aka GZA) and Ol’ Dirty Bastard. Following All in Together Now’s dissolution, he signed to Tommy Boy under the name Prince Rakeem, issuing the 1991 EP Ooh I Love You Rakeem before joining the Wu-Tang; the group’s 1993 debut, Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), was one of the most influential hip-hop records of the era, with RZA’s lean, menacing production work much imitated throughout the rap community in the years to follow. In addition to remaining a member of the loose-knit Wu-Tang family and producing many of the group members’ solo efforts, RZA also joined the Gravediggaz, helming their 1995 debut 6 Feet Deep; his first full-length solo LP, RZA as Bobby Digital in Stereo, followed in 1998. In 1999, RZA Hits, a compilation of some of the Wu-Tang family’s best-known tracks, from both group and solo projects, was released under RZA’s name. Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, his soundtrack for the Jim Jarmusch film — in which he made a cameo, beginning a series of small acting roles — was released in 2000. One year later, he released his second Bobby Digital record, Digital Bullet. A mix album, The World According to RZA, followed in 2003, as did his third official solo album, The Birth of a Prince. He continued to field soundtrack work, including Quentin Tarantino’s two-volume Kill Bill films and the Japanese animation series Afro Samurai, as documented on 2007’s Afro Samurai and 2009’s Afro Samurai: The Resurrection. Tarantino then persuaded the producer to finish a full-length movie script he had been working on. With Eli Roth as his co-writer, shooting began in 2011 on the RZA-written and directed film The Man with the Iron Fists. Both the film and its soundtrack landed in 2012 featuring music from the RZA and his Wu-Tang associates Ghostface Killah and Method Man, along with tracks from Kanye West and the Black Keys.

While RZA continued his contributions to Hollywood — starring in films like G.I. Joe: Retaliation and Brick Mansions — he wouldn’t return to the music world until 2014. That year, Wu-Tang released their sixth LP, A Better Tomorrow, which peaked in the Billboard Top 40. RZA also produced an EP titled Only One Place to Get It, a project distributed for free by Dr. Pepper. The four songs featured guests Rockie Fresh, Tinashe, RAC, and Robert DeLonge over RZA’s production.

Another Wu album arrived the next year with much fanfare and controversy. Once Upon a Time in Shaolin was a limited-edition double album, so limited, in fact, that only one copy of the album exists. It was purchased for two million dollars with the stipulation that it cannot be commercially distributed until 2103. After negative fan reaction, RZA announced that part of the proceeds from the sale would go to charity.

Taking a step back from Wu-Tang, RZA joined forces with Interpol front man Paul Banks for their collaborative project, Banks & Steelz. Anything But Words arrived in August 2016 and featured guest appearances by Ghostface Killah, Kool Keith, Method Man, Masta Killa, and Florence Welch.

Source: Celestial Pictures Ltd

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