Wow what a night! Fists and feet were seen flying both on and in front of the screen at The Bloor Cinema as the Gala night arrived for Reel Asian 2010.
Wearing blue non-suede shoes in honor of Asian Elvis I made my way to the theater where the street was smarter than usual wearing a red carpet. After collecting my ticket from the festival tent by the coffee shop nearby I headed back to join the already bustling line.
I knew I was in store for a treat with a live martial arts display but couldn’t quite work out where it would take place as the sidewalk was only slight and wondered how passers by would react to round house kicks blocking their path.
Several people stopped to ask what the queue was for to which I answered solving their curiosity and spreading the word about the festival. Not everyone seems to be able to grasp the cinematic pun of Reel Asian. If I hear a joke about Fake Asian I might need to learn a few moves from Gallants.
Overhearing a countdown on a member of staff’s head set we were released in to the venue where seating was free range, first come first served save for the front few rows for special guests. I took my seat and realized Team 2X were populating the row in front. I wished them good luck and finally worked out they were going to be dazzling the packed crowd with their skills on stage.
While paying a visit to the concessions I heard the clatter of cameras snapping behind me and was just in time to see the stars of the festival trailer arrive. I was lucky enough to be serenaded before the festivities started.
After various addresses and celebrating of the sponsors Team 2X leapt in to action.
Gallants stormed the auditorium with laughter and awe at the moves performed by seasoned silver screen seniors. The story hit every note perfectly with great humor and action. The story follows a young guy named Cheung who’s spell of bad luck unites him with the elderly Tiger and Dragon the proprietors of a tea house with an interesting history that is reawakened after three decades with Master Law emerging from a coma and a call to participate in a Kung Fu contest.
Director Clement Cheng took to the stage for a question and answer session after where he touched on issues of funding and the jaw dropping fact that the actors did their own stunts!
In an inclusive twist the audience were all invited to the after party at the Century Room on King West, not so far from the new Bell Lightbox, where the start of the festival was toasted to a strange juxtapostion of sweet chilli dips on the buffet and the wall hanging of Victorian Monarchs.
Next time I spot an old person I’ll be sad if they aren’t spry and able to smash bottles on their forehead.