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May 2012

Hello Faculty,


This will be the last newsletter I send out until August, I hope that you found it useful and informative. If there is anything that you feel would improve the newsletter please let me know. I enjoyed working with all of you this past year and I look forward to doing so again in the fall. I will be around all summer so if you think of any films that you would like to use in a future class, feel free to contact me so I can have it added to the collection before the fall semester.


Have a good summer and I will see you in August,



Contact Us:
   Amy Trepal
Amy Trepal
Manager - Educational Films
Room 317
Thomas Cooper Library 803-777-2858 
Featured Film:
Chop Socky

 Chop Socky 


Offers an in-depth look at martial arts films, particularly Hong Kong's wu xia film legacy and its influence on global cinema. From its roots in Beijing Opera to Quentin Tarantino's tribute Kill Bill, Vol. 2, this film presents the development of the genre, insight into the techniques, weaponry and well-known stars of Hong Kong martial arts action. The Hong Kong technique of editing-in-camera is demonstrated in a multi-screen sequence, and there are numerous clips from the genre's classic films.

Film Suggestion?

If you know of a new film that you would like us to add to the collection please send me an e-mail  including the title, director, year, and any other information that will help in finding the film.

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  New films acquired during April 2012.
The 36th Chamber of Shaolin 

A young man learns martial arts and how to use his body as well as other weapons to seek revenge on the group that killed his masters. Chinese Language


A Life Apart 


A life apart relates the story of the creation of the Hasidic post-Holocaust communities in the United States. Seven years in the making, this documentary explores Hasidic homes, schools, and ceremonies. 

The Actors Journey 


Acting instructor Larry Silverberg instructs students in his class on the Meisner approach to acting. 

Adler vs Strasberg 


This program explores the contributions and distinctions between Stella Adler and Lee Strasberg through interviews with professionals who worked directly with them. 

American Pastime 


Faced with a country that doubted their loyalty following Pearl Harbor, uprooted and sent to relocation camps, Japanese-American families turned to baseball as a way to stand up for themselves.

Better Luck Tomorrow 


Better Luck Tomorrow - A group of seemingly "perfect" high-school buddies lead double lives. They fly high in a world of petty crime and material excess - a free-wheeling lifestyle that soon takes a downward spiral, leading to an unexpected, violent end.     

Black Theatre 


Recaptures the birth of a new theatre from the Civil Rights activism of the 1950's, '60s, and '70s. Presents an encyclopedia of the leading figures, institutions and events. Clips from historic productions include the first all-black production of Genet's The Blacks, along with A Raisin in the sun, ...

Bomb the System 


Talented and notorious New York City graffiti artist Anthony "Blest" and other members of his crew do their best to avoid run-ins with cops and rival crews. But Blest's insatiable addiction leads him to declare a war on the city and intensify bombing excursions with his crew, resulting in tragedy. 

The Bride with White Hair 


The story of doomed lovers on either side of warring clans. Chinese Language



The autistic daughter of a Japanese Yakuza and a Thai mafia hit woman learn to fight from watching TV and the fighters from the boxing school next door. When she finds a list of debtors in her ailing mother's diary, she decides to go on a violent quest to collect payment for the medical expenses .... Chinese Language  

Chop SockyChop Socky 


Offers an in-depth look at martial arts films, particularly Hong Kong's wu xia film legacy and its influence on global cinema. From its roots in Beijing Opera to Quentin Tarantino's tribute Kill Bill, Vol. 2, this film presents the development of the genre, insight into the techniques, weaponry and well-known stars of Hong Kong martial arts action. ...

Come Drink with Me 


A female agent attacked and left for dead, trains with a kung fu master and uses her new skills to complete some unfinished and deadly business. Chinese Language  

The Descendants 


Matt King is an indifferent husband and father of two girls, who is forced to re-examine his past and embrace his future when his wife suffers a boating accident off of Waikiki. 

Design: Understanding the Principles 


Featuring a professor and students from Parsons School of Design, this program describes how elements of design are combined to achieve design principles such as unity, dominance, contrast, and rhythm. Examples from fields such as architecture, fashion, interior design, theater, product design, and printed publications are included. 



In the Wo Shing Triad, the oldest gang in Hong Kong, the senior members elect a younger boss as their chairman every two years. This time, lines are divided and war starts when the voting doesn't go how it should. Chinese Language 

Finishing the Game 


Studio executives start a search for someone to finish the last 12 minutes of Bruce Lee's final film, after his untimely death. Bonus features include behind the scenes featurette; deleted scenes; a music video; and commentary. 

Fist of Legend 


When Chen discovers that his beloved teacher and mentor have been murdered, he is determined to avenge his death and restore honor to the school. Chinese Language 

Hard Boiled


Tequila, a die-hard cop, stops at nothing to see that justice is done. To avenge his partner's murder, Tequila joins forces with a rebel cop, and then the body count soars. Chinese Language     



Tells the tale of an orphan boy living a secret life in the walls of a Paris train station. When Hugo encounters a broken machine, an eccentric girl, and the cold, reserved man who runs the toy shop, he is caught up in a magical, mysterious adventure that could put all of his secrets in jeopardy. 

The Legend of Fong Sai-Yuk

A young martial arts expert fights to save his father's life. Chinese Language 

The Merchants of Cool 


The world of advertising has become inundated with marketing for teenagers. This episode of Frontline explores the pop culture manipulated and created by corporate America for the American youth.

Michael Chekhov 


One of the most significant theatrical personalities of the twentieth century, Michael Chekhov (Mikhail Alexandrovich Chekhov) was trained at the Moscow Arts Theatre under Constantin Stanislavsky and was the nephew of the playwright Anton Chekhov. After he fled Russia in 1928 he worked ...

Once Upon a Time in China  


China has been infected with a plague known as the Western world, and martial artist Wong Fei-hung refuses to stand by and watch as his country is decimated by the foreign forces. Chinese Language   

Once Upon a Time in China II   


Huang Fei-hung, the legendary Cantonese martial arts master and folk hero, gets involved with the White Lotus Sect, who believe their magic makes them invulnerable to weapons. Chinese Language



When the head of a statue sacred to a village is stolen, a young martial artist goes to the big city and finds himself taking on the underworld to retrieve it. Chinese Language 

Ong-Bak 2 


Set in the regal times of King Naresuan. When Tien was 10, he witnessed his parent's murder. This forced Tien to live on the streets where he is eventually captured by a group of thieves who take him in and teach him how to steal and fight. A competition is being held to find the best knights ... Chinese Language      

Police Story


A cop on the run from a false murder charge in this career-defining showcase of electrifying full-contact fight scenes and death defying stunts. Chinese Language  

Police Story 2 


After waging a one man war against a gang, Jackie gets demoted from a detective to a traffic cop. But when he takes a long needed vacation, he ends up in the middle of the action when bombs threats keep happening in the city. Chinese Language 

Project A 


Frustrated with the Marines' inability to protect civilians from pirates, Dragon Ma teams up with an old friend and a former rival to take on the pirates themselves. Chinese Language 

Project A pt. 2 


Chinese Language 

The Protector 


Kham grew up with elephants in Thailand. To him elephants are majestic creatures, bred for peace, but prepared for war. When an evil Asian gang kidnaps a bull and baby elephant during a festival, they are smuggled into Sydney, Australia. Kham must travel to a foreign land, ... Chinese Language

PTU: Police Tactical Unit 


When an obnoxious detective loses his gun to four young thugs, it's up to the Police Tactical Unit and their iron-willed leader to recover the weapon and clean up the mess before daybreak. Their mission intersects with a gangland assassination that threatens to ignite an all-out war. Chinese Language 

The Return of Martin Guerre 


The plot revolves around the unraveling of the identity of a 16th century peasant who disappeared as a young husband, and the man who returns to resume his marriage nine years later. French Language 

In the Land of the War Canoes 


Presents a reenactment of a tribal story of love and revenge among the Kwakiutl Indians on the northwest coast of America as filmed in the summer of 1914 at Kwakiutl villages on Vancouver Island, Canada, by Edward S. Curtis who spent three years with the Kwakiutl to meticulously recreate ...

Slavery by Another Name    


Challenges one of America's most cherished assumptions, the belief that slavery in the U.S. ended with Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation, by telling the harrowing story of how, in the South, a new system of involuntary servitude took its place with shocking force.   



Chia Chu is a Hong Kong police officer who is sent undercover to mainland China to break up a drug smuggling ring. After breaking the brother of the drug lord out of prison, he and an Interpol agent are taken to Hong Kong to work for the syndicate. The wife of the crime boss ... Chinese Language  

Uta Hagen's Acting Class  Uta Hagen's Acting Class


Uta Hagen, a revered actress and teacher, explains and personally demonstrates her approach to acting. The viewer is put in a front-row seat for carefully edited teaching examples selected from almost two hundred hours of recorded classes. Scenes as well as all ten of her famous 'object exercises' are performed by her students, critiqued and then reworked.

When We Were Kings 


A documentary on Mohammad Ali at the time of the famous 1974 "Rumble in the Jungle" match with George Forman in Zaire. Includes a music festival featuring America's top African American performers, James Brown and B.B. King. 

Wing Chun 


Martial arts expert Wing Chun battles bandits in this magical film that provides as many laughs as it does wallops. But horse thieves are not Wing Chun's only problem. She must deal with men around her who simply cannot handle a strong, independent woman. Ultimately, she must confront the leader ... Chinese Language