【New Book Launch Event】I KNOW KUNG FU by Rex KOO
I KNOW KUNG FU Exhibition ▪ Exhibition Opening ▪ Book Signing Session ▪ Martial Club Screening and Artist’s Sharing ▪ Prize Game
I KNOW KUNG FU, a new book by Hong Kong visual artist Rex Koo, recreates a selection of extraordinary martial arts skills from the Chinese kung fu cinema. In the book, Rex illustrated iconic kung fu stunts like ‘Shandong Iron Vest’, ‘The Magic Power of Toad’, ‘Mighty Steel Leg’, ‘Wing Chun’ and more, together with their background references and artist’s semi-fictional side stories, plotting an extensive and captivating kung fu fantasy landscape by Rex Koo.
As his fourth publication inspired by cinema, Rex themed the book around internationally acclaimed Hong Kong kung fu films. Protagonists in kung fu films are inspired and empowered when watching veteran’s showdown, hence are obsessed with pursuing all kinds of martial arts skills and sets; while in real life, Rex who is fascinated with kung fu films since he was young, has been practised his drawing skills for long so he can reproduce battles between kung fu masters with pen and paper. In his works, characters and actions are sharply and lively portrayed with his bold colour schemes. Rex wishes readers will never forget these action classics, no matter where and when.
I KNOW KUNG FU Films X Illustrations X Creative Writing — A Mix of Hong Kong Popular Cultures
I KNOW KUNG FU Exhibition features a variety of works – aside from illustrations of scenes from classic action films and portraits of martial arts stars, there are also a series of drawings of close combat and striking. In the originals and prints, visitors will see Rex portraying the posture and movement in a single frame, as well as detailed motion sequences of martial arts stunts. The exhibition also features the kung fu flip book making-of by Rex which shows the way how he ingeniously tells a story with correlated paintings, driving the narrative by flipping through consecutive frames. By hand-animating the illustrations, it creates motion and visual excitement as in those kung fu films.
Special highlights Rex’s specifically created large-scale wood painting, exclusive unpublished painting originals, and playful kung fu animated shorts.
To completely introduce the world of kung fu cinema of Rex Koo, Hong Kong Arts Centre (Comix Home Base) is organising a series of book launch events, including I KNOW KUNG FU Exhibition, screening of Hong Kong kung fu classic Martial Club and Artist Talk, prize game ‘Make Your Own Flip!’ – presenting an intriguing clash between martial art stars and Hong Kong comics and animations.
I KNOW KUNG FU by Rex Koo will be available exclusively at HKAC from 17 December 2022.
Limited only for the day: First 100 copies of the new book come with a limited edition holographic card.
I KNOW KUNG FU Limited Merchandise
*Silkscreen print on FSC™ 100% recycled, acid free 300g art paper, 290 x 420mm, artist signed and numbered on each print.
I KNOW KUNG FU ExhibitionDate: 17.12.2022 – 29.01.2023
Exhibition Opening ReceptionDate: 16.12. 2022 (Fri)
Book Signing SessionDate: 17.12. 2022 (Sat)
I KNOW KUNG FU by Rex Koo book sale opens on 17 December at HKAC Art Shop and online store (hkacartshop.store). Artist Rex Koo is also attending the book signing session on the same day. First 100 copies come with a limited edition holographic card on the first day of sale.
How to join:
- Book sale and queuing for book signing will be started 30 minutes before the session;
- Participants are required to participate in the book signing session with the book I KNOW KUNG FU;
- During the book signing period, the sale of book I KNOW KUNG FU would only be available at the booth on 3/F, Hong Kong Arts Centre;
- The limited edition holographic card would only come with the book selling at the booth on 3/F, Hong Kong Arts Centre;
- Other than the book I KNOW KUNG FU and its merchandise, participants could maximum get ONE signature signed on the previous publication or products;
- To reduce the risk of the spread of COVID-19, all participants should follow the precautionary measures implemented in the venue by Hong Kong Arts Centre.
- The presenter reserves the rights of final decision on the arrangement.
Martial Club Screening and Artist TalkDate: 31.12. 2022 (Sat)
Martial Club (1981) is known for its realistic martial art sequences and is one of the most representative and influential films in Chinese kung fu cinema.
Martial Club Trailer
Director: Chia-liang LIU (a.k.a. Kar-leung LAU) | Martial Arts | 1981 | 102'52" | Hong Kong | Colour | In Cantonese without subtitles
Arguably, the greatest kung-fu film director of all time is Chia-liang Liu. Unarguably the greatest kung-fu film character of all time is Fei-hung Huang. So what do you think would happen when you put these two titanic talents together? You get one of the finest “pure” kung-fu films ever made, with nary a character getting killed, but the thrills coming a mile a minute as two pugilism schools tests each other for a full hundred minutes. Following the director’s only other Fei-hung Huang film, Challenge Of The Masters, Lau returns his dynamic adoptive brother, Gordon Chia-hui Liu, to the leading role, then gives the king of screen villains, Lung-wei Wang, one of his few anti-heroic roles… just in time for a stunning climax unparalleled in its adeptness and invention.
In the dialogue between film lovers and comics and illustration artists Rex Koo and Honkaz Fung, the artist talk begins with the kung fu cast’s actions, appearances and martial arts styles, to discuss how films, comics and illustrations convey motion and power to their audience respectively, and remark on the preservation and development of Hong Kong culture.
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Prize Game 1 – Make Your Own Flip!
The artist, Rex Koo, creates actions by flipping sequenced drawings, hence expressing the exciting moment in a kung fu fight.
It’s actually not difficult to create a flip book, it all starts with slow motions. Stretch time with your imagination, draw the slow-down sequence on the game paper and submit. After the exhibition, Rex will select one favourite submission for giving away an artist-signed I KNOW KUNG FU flip book hidden version original.
Prize Game 2 – Do Your Po(se)
After checking in at the photo booth, post your posed photo to Facebook/ Instagram with the hashtag #RexKooIKNOWKUNGFU and #ComixHomeBase (If it's a private account, please send your photos via direct message to Comix Home Base hkacchb comixhomebase). After the exhibition, Rex will select three favourite submission for giving away an artist-signed limited holographic card (not for sale) each.
Artist: Rex KOO
Rex Koo, a Hong Kong born visual artist, is enthusiastic about pop culture, particularly Hong Kong movies, since he was a child. His style is deeply influenced by pop art and the cultures in the 1980s. He has been devoting himself to graphic design and illustration works since the Millennium. In 2013, starting his career as an independent designer. In 2015, he released his first publication, Only You Can Take Me to Get Scriptures in The West, themed on Hong Kong movie. In 2016, he followed the same theme and released Once Upon a Time– Memory of Hong Kong Cinema. In 2017, he released his third publication Bleeding and Death are Two Different Things, a book themed with blood and death scene of Hong Kong movies.
Rex began to create comics in his spare time since 2018. After the attack from Typhoon Mangkhut, he began to conceive a fantasy story which using Hong Kong as a stage. It took about a year to complete the first episode of Strange Tales of Walled City. The book has won the Bronze Award at the 14th Japan International Manga Awards.
Presenter: Hong Kong Arts Centre
Art for Passion, Art for Life, Art for All
Since 1977, Hong Kong Arts Centre (HKAC) has been a platform for nurturing and supporting artists, and infusing art into everyday life. Its unique arts and educational programmes aim to make the arts accessible for all. The HKAC believes in the transformational power of art for people from all walks of life. Established over four decades ago, HKAC endeavours to bring arts to the people of Hong Kong – by presenting programmes for visual arts, performing arts, moving images and media arts, comics and animation. Other areas cover arts education, conferences, festivals, public art and community projects, all with the vision and mission of engaging and inspiring creativity in the Hong Kong community.
In 2000, HKAC founded its education arm, Hong Kong Art School (HKAS). HKAS provides award-bearing programmes to nurture artists and art practitioners, as well as short enrichment courses for the general public.
HKAC aspires to engage everyone in the community to become an active participant in the arts - as an enthusiast, an artist or a patron.
HKAC will continue its 45th anniversary celebrations into 2023. Let’s continue to embrace ‘Arts for Passion, Arts for Life, Arts for All’, and share the inspiration.
Comix Home Base
Hong Kong Arts Centre (HKAC) believes that comics and animation are important local pop culture and artistic creations. HKAC has been dedicated to planning and organising diverse and unique activities to promote the arts and culture of comics and animation to the local community and abroad.
Since 2006, HKAC curated Comix Home Base project (CHB), hosted over 700 ani-com-related events, such as exhibitions, talks, workshops, performances, publications, screenings, public arts, etc. Outside Hong Kong, the footprints of Hong Kong comics can be found overseas in France, Belgium, Britain, Germany, Finland, Sweden, Japan, Singapore, Mainland China, Taiwan, South Korea, etc. Through the uniquely planned programmes, several Hong Kong comics artists have got chances to initiate international collaborations in publishing their comics in foreign languages in Europe. These all made an impact on the international comics scene and help to raise the profile of Hong Kong comics internationally.
HKAC (CHB) continues to proactively look for opportunities to promote Hong Kong's diverse comics and animation arts, with the aim of increasing international recognition and awareness of Hong Kong’s comics artists and their unique works.
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To reduce the risk of the spread of COVID-19, the presenter has implemented the following precautionary measures:-
- Self-taking body temperature checks are implemented at the main entrance of the venue, visitors are required to check their body temperature before entering. Presenter reserves the right to refuse entry to any persons who refuse to check their body temperature, or whose body temperature is higher than 37.5 degrees Celsius (as indicated by the temperature detector used by the presenter) or to those who have significant respiratory infections into the venue;
- Visitors are required to clean their hands with hand sanitiser prepared by themselves or provided by the presenter before admission;
- Visitors are required to wear their own mask inside the venue;
- Visitors are required to follow the venue instructions during the exhibition, maintain 1.5m social distance and avoid gathering more than 12 people.
The presenter will review the situation and adjust the measures if necessary. We appreciate your understanding.
The presenter reserves the rights of final decision on the arrangement.