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New Book Launch Event-I KNOW KUNG FU by Rex KOO

Hong Kong Arts CentreNew Book Launch Event 


I KNOW KUNG FU Exhibition

17 December 2022 – 29 January 2023Jockey Club Atrium, G/F to 4/F, HKACFree Admission

Exhibition Opening Reception on 16 December 2022

Artist Book Signing and Book Sale Opens Exclusively at HKAC on 17 December 2022

Everyone can become a master as long as they are Kung Fu Fighting! – Rex KOO

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Special highlights Rex’s specifically created large-scale wood painting, exclusive unpublished painting originals, and playful kung fu animated shorts.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’s sharing, 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 Art Shop and online store (hkacartshop.store) from 17 December 2022. Limited only for the day: First 100 copies of the new book come with a limited edition holographic card.

More Kung Fu Fighting Merchandise

 I KNOW KUNG FU x Lee Kung Man Special Edition Tee

 I KNOW KUNG FU Limited Edition Crew Neck Tee

 I KNOW KUNG FU Limited Silkscreen Art Prints in Two edition (Drunken Fist version + Matrix version)

New Book Launch Event

I KNOW KUNG FU Exhibition | Exhibition Opening | Book Signing Session | Martial Club Screening and Artist’s Sharing | Prize Game

Presenter: Hong Kong Arts Centre (Comix Home Base) 

Publisher: Viction:ary

I KNOW KUNG FU Exhibition 

Date: 17.12.2022 – 29.01.2023

Time: 09:00 - 23:00

Venue: Jockey Club Atrium, G/F to 4/F, HKAC

Free Admission 

Exhibition Opening Reception

Date: 16.12. 2022 (Fri)

Time: 18:30-21:00

Venue: Atrium, 3/F, HKAC

By invitation only

Book Signing Session

Date: 17.12. 2022 (Sat)

Time: 15:00-16:30

Venue: Atrium, 3/F, HKAC

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.

Registration for the event will be announced later.

Martial Club Screening and Artist Talk

Date: 31.12. 2022 (Sat)

Time: 14:00 - 18:00

Venue: Louis Koo Cinema, UB/F, HKAC

Speaker: Rex KOO, Honkaz FUNG

Free of charge, online registration required

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.

In the dialogue between film lovers and comics and illustration artists Rex Koo and Honkaz Fung, it 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.

Registration for the event will be announced later.

Prize Game – Make Your Own Flip!

Date: 17.12. 2022 – 29.01.2023

Time: 09:00 - 23:00

Venue: Jockey Club Atrium, 3/F, HKAC

Free of charge

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 and give a souvenir from his new book.

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Artist: Rex KOO

Website: www.rexkoo.com  | Facebook: rexkoofeelblue  | Instagram:  @rexkoo   @wearesimplepeople

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

This year marks the 45th Anniversary of the Hong Kong Arts Centre.

Since 1977, the 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 more than four decades ago, the HKAC bring art to the people of Hong Kong – by presenting programmes for visual arts, performing arts, moving images and media arts, comics and animation. Other areas also cover arts education, conferences, festivals, public art and community projects, all done with the vision and mission of engaging and inspiring creativity in the Hong Kong community.

In 2000, HKAC founded its educational arm, Hong Kong Art School (HKAS). The HKAS provides award-bearing programmes to nurture artists and art practitioners, as well as short enrichment courses for the general public. The HKAC aspires to engage everyone in the community to become an active participant in the arts – as an enthusiast, an artist or a patron.

Let’s continue to embrace ‘Art for Passion, Art for Life, Art for All’, and share the inspiration.

Official website: hkac.org.hk | Facebook: Hong Kong Arts Centre | Instagram: @hongkongartscentre

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.

Official website: www.comixhomebase.com.hk | Facebook: hkacchb | Instagram: @comixhomebase

Publisher: Viction:ary

Headquartered in the heart of Asia, viction:ary connects creative talents and enthusiasts from all over the world through strong original concepts, intriguing graphic approaches, and innovative printing techniques.

Founded by Victor Cheung in 2001, viction workshop ltd. began as a passion project that focused on producing design publications and has since expanded its portfolio to include a broader array of themed collections, art prints, travel guides, children’s books and games under two additional brands, VICTION-VICTION and CITIx60.

Today, we are all about providing fresh perspectives, timeless inspiration, and pure visual delight for the creative and the curious through the mighty power of print.

Official website:  victionary.com | Facebook: victionworkshop | Instagram: @victionworkshop

Media Enquiry:

 Charis Chau (Marketing and Communications Officer)

Tel: 2582 0290 | Email: cchau@hkac.org.hk