We've been here before, of course. The first Heroic Grace season started out as a collection of Hong Kong martial arts films presented at UCLA: it then went on a tour of the US and Europe, pausing for a month-long run at London's own National Film Theatre. The follow-up season has taken a similar route, premiering at UCLA in Autumn 2005 before eventually making it over to the newly renamed BFI Southbank in April 2007. The focus is a little tighter this time round, restricted (with one exception) to films from the 70s and 80s, rather than the wider historical range of the first season.
But the basic framework is still the same: mainly classics from the archives of the Shaw Brothers studio, with works from a few other sources thrown in for added flavour. Of the seventeen films presented in the London run, we only managed to catch ten: sorry about that, but we were travelling across Europe for half of April, you know. Anyway, you'll just have to make do with what you get below.