RZA Will Live-Score a Screening of 'The 36th Chamber of Shaolin'
The film largely inspired Wu-Tang Clan's aesthetic.
Those attending this year's Beyond Fest in Los Angeles -- a genre film festival -- are in for a special treat. It has been announced that RZA, founder of the Wu-Tang Clan, will live-score the 1978 dramatic action film The 36th Chamber of Shaolin.
The official page for the screening starts off with a simple question: "What happens when one of the most influential hip-hop artists descends on one of the most influential martial arts movies? There’s only one way to find out."
RZA first saw the film when he was 12 years old, according to the site, and says he "was an obsessive encyclopedia of martial arts cinema" from a young age. His early interest in the genre largely shaped the Wu-Tang Clan, as the theme of fighting against oppression became a guiding force behind the group's underlying motivation and inspiration.
“Beyond the kung-fu, it was the reality of the situation that hit me," RZA says on the site. "Growing up as a black kid in America, I didn’t know that that kind of story had existed anywhere else,” in reference to the ongoing struggle between oppressed Chinese villagers and the oppressive Manchu authority.
As for what RZA has planned in terms of music, he will score the film from opening sequence to closing credits. "Every frame of the original film has been revisited and will be re-scored by RZA, utilizing a Wu-Tang catalog over two decades deep," according to the site. The score will feature more than 40 instrumental tracks, beats and vocals -- resulting in "a redefining assault on the senses."
The screening will take place Oct. 7, tickets can be purchased here. Revisit the film's trailer below.