The Shaw Brothers’ The 36th Chamber of Shaolin is widely known as one of the biggest influences of Wu-Tang Clan‘s Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) so it’s only right that the crew’s own RZA takes the helm to live score the classic kung-fu film that inspired the group’s debut album.
“Beyond the kung-fu, it was the reality of the situation that hit me,” said RZA of the movie. “Growing up as a black kid in America, I didn’t know that that kind of story had existed anywhere else.”
For the screening, RZA will re-score the film with the group’s own discography including instrumentals— (in the trailer for the live experience, Wu’s “Bring Da Ruckus” serves as the background music).
The special live screening is set to show twice in Austin, Texas on Sept. 29. The first is set to take place at 10:45 a.m. at the Fantastic Fest at Alamo Drafthouse S. Lamar and later at 7 p.m. at the Stateside Theatre at Paramount. Later, it’ll show in Los Angeles on Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. at the Egyptian Theatre.
No word yet on whether the screening dates will expand to other cities but as dope as this sounds, we have a good feeling that it will.
In the meantime, RZA will no doubt be contributing to Wu-Tang’s upcoming album that’s reportedly being produced by Ghostface Killah.
Check out the trailer for the RZA-scored The 36th Chamber of Shaolin above and get details, including ticket information, on the screenings here.