Films at the Gate Blog

Films at the Gate 2016

Don’t miss Films at the Gate this year! Back for an eleventh year on Friday – Sunday, August 26 – 28. Schedule available at ACDC. Or take a look back at years past here.

Films at the Gate 10th Anniversary

Films at the Gate returns for the tenth time! More details over at ACDC. Come out and watch films under the stars.

Films at the Gate: 9th year!

Time again for Films at the Gate! What began nine years ago as an effort to transform a vacant lot in Boston’s Chinatown has become an enduring tradition: a free, outdoor series of Chinese-language films under the stars. Learn about the project here. Friday-Sunday, Sept. 12-14, 2014. Schedule here. See you by the Gate!

Films at the Gate 2013: schedule is here!

It’s time again for Films at the Gate! What began in 2006 as an effort to transform a vacant lot in Boston’s Chinatown has become an enduring tradition: a free, outdoor series of Chinese-language films under the stars. Learn about the project here. Friday-Sunday, Sept. 13-15. Curator Jean Lukitsh has provided the film choices for 2013, […]

Films at the Gate: on to the weekend

The first two nights of Films at the Gate have been wonderful—not an empty seat in the “house.” If you are coming down this weekend, feel free to bring your own seating so we can offer more chairs to seniors and kids. For the first time in seven years, Leslie and I will have to […]

Films at the Gate 2012: starts Thursday!

What began on a vacant lot continues on the Greenway: Films at the Gate returns, starting tomorrow, Thursday 8/23. Join us as we create a free, outdoor theater, showing Kung-Fu and classic Chinese-language films under the stars, next to the Chinatown Gate. Film schedule and details here. Movies roll at 8PM, and there are walking tours and […]

Films at the Gate: Red Fists, the Man Behind SHAOLIN TEMPLE

Films at the Gate starts is almost here! Check out the 2012 schedule chosen by curator Jean Lukitsh. Here’s another terrific post from Jean about one of her picks SHAOLIN TEMPLE. Thanks Jean! To say that Cheung Sing-yim (1935- ), the director of Jet Li’s debut film THE SHAOLIN TEMPLE, is relatively unknown is putting […]

Films at the Gate: Jimmy Wang Yu, One-Armed Boxer

Films at the Gate is only a few weeks away, and our curator Jean Lukitsh has been hard at work. The 2012 schedule is available here. Here’s a post from Jean about one of her selections: ONE ARMED BOXER VS. THE FLYING GUILLOTINE. Thanks Jean! Wang Yu is one of the first modern kung fu stars. […]

Films at the Gate: 2012 film schedule is up.

It’s time again for Films at the Gate! Every summer, Street Lab works with Jean Lukitsh, the Asian Community Development Corporation, and local volunteers to transform a vacant lot near Boston’s Chinatown Gate into a free, outdoor theater, showing Kung-Fu and classic Chinese-language films under the stars. Learn about the project here. Join us outside […]

Films at the Gate: See you next summer!

Films at the Gate comes to an end early this year. We will not be on the Greenway this weekend in Chinatown Park due to the approaching storm. Thank you to everyone who transformed a vacant lot into a cinema on Thursday and Friday. Keep dry. Stay safe. See you next year.

Films at the Gate: 2011 photos & video

Here are some images from the past few days on the lot. Thanks to photographers Jeremy Osborn, Malcolm Davol, and Biying Zhang. Got some Films at the Gate photos to share? Send them over and we’ll do our best to post them here.

Films at the Gate: Friday night’s Film: Gallants

Friday’s film GALLANTS is an affectionate indie comedy about finding the soul of old Hong Kong in the modern day. It was a surprise hit in Hong Kong last year, and, in the following post, our curator Jean Lukitsh takes you behind the scenes to meet the talent: The young filmmakers behind GALLANTS, the surprise kung […]

Films at the Gate: Films are on!

Welcome to Chinatown! Thank you curator Jean Lukitsh, Iris Tan of ACDC, and all the volunteers who have been working on the sixth annual Films at the Gate. We are ready to go, and it’s always a pleasure to work with such great people to bring Chinese-language films to the community. Iris went the extra […]

Films at the Gate: Before the films, we have action

Films at the Gate is proud to present some of the best kung fu talent from Boston’s Chinatown! Each evening, we will have free live performances from local masters and schools before screening a classic kung fu movie. Don’t miss a single night! Live performances start around 7:30PM, Films at 8:00PM. Detailed schedule here. Below, […]

Films at the Gate: All in the Family – Fung Fung, Fung Hak-on, and Fung Bo Bo

Films at the Gate’s Jean Lukitsh introduces us to the Fung family, many of whom have played a role in films we’ve shown over the years and this season as well. Thanks Jean! From Hong Kong to Hollywood, show business tends to be a family affair. Once an actor or director finds success, doors open […]

Street Lab seeks volunteers for Films at the Gate 2011

Films at the Gate 2011 is just around the corner, and Street Lab is looking for production volunteers! Here’s a post that just went up at www.filmsatthegate.org seeking volunteers to work alongside Volunteer Producer Sam Davol and other community members on the lot: Street Lab, Inc, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is seeking voluntees to help us transform […]

Films at the Gate: The Little Dragon

You’ll see Bruce Lee when we show WAY OF THE DRAGON and THE KID on the lot. In the post below, Film at the Gate curator Jean Lukitsh, introduces us to the young Bruce Lee and the work he put in before becoming an international star. Thanks Jean! Bruce Lee is undeniably one of the most recognizable […]

Films at the Gate: 2011 film schedule is here!

This is our sixth year on the lot, and Films at the Gate curator Jean Lukitsh has put together our best series yet.  Join us Thursday 8/25/11 through Sunday 8/28/11. We’ll be showing: WAY OF THE DRAGON, the first (and only) film directed by Bruce Lee, GALLANTS, an indie film shot in 18 days with a […]

Live from Chinatown Park: Films at the Gate 2010 comes to an end

We’re sitting in the middle of Chinatown park, wrapping up our final film CHILDREN OF INVENTION. More photos here. (This entry was uploaded live from the park using free public WIFI provided by the Greenway.) Thanks to everyone for joining us at Films at the Gate 2010. See you next year.

Films at the Gate 2010, final night, CHILDREN OF INVENTION (2009)

Join us at 8:00PM tonight in Chinatown Park on the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway as we close out Films at the Gate 2010. Tonight’s film CHILDREN OF INVENTION was filmed, in part, in Boston’s Chinatown. It tells the story of two young children living illegally in a model apartment outside Boston are left to fend […]

Saturday night in Chinatown Park, now to the homestretch

Saturday’s animated film HAVOC IN HEAVEN (1961) lit up Chinatown Park tonight. Thanks to Bow Sim Mark Tai Chi Arts Association for kicking things off with a beautiful demonstration class. Tomorrow is our final night. Join us for CHILDREN OF INVENTION (2009), the first English-language film ever shown at Films at the Gate. The independent film […]

Before the film tonight, Tai Chi

During Films at the Gate 2010, you’ve seen martial arts demonstration classes on the vacant lot just before the space is transformed into an outdoor, neighborhood cinema each night. That’s because we asked several local groups, who normally conduct their classes behind closed doors, to come down and do their work on the lot, so […]

Friday night closes out the lot; tomorrow to the Greenway

Thanks to our Films at the Gate volunteers for a professional-grade set up and strike. Thanks to Wah Lum Kung Fu Athletic Association for opening the show. Thanks to our audience for bringing extra folding chairs so more could find a seat. Thanks to Gilbert Ho for translating on the fly. Thanks to curator Jean Lukitsh […]

Tonight’s film: DRUNKEN MASTER (1978)

This evening, Films at the Gate will feature a classic and one of the best: Jackie Chan’s DRUNKEN MASTER (1978). Check out the full schedule of films here, or read on as Films at the Gate Curator Jean Lukitsh introduces the real drunken master behind tonight’s film: Jackie Chan’s DRUNKEN MASTER (1978) is one of […]

Thanks for coming downtown

Sometimes there are a few empty chairs on the first night. Not tonight. You sat, stood, and kneeled on the lot to catch the opening of the fifth year of Films of the Gate. Thanks for coming down and transforming a vacant lot into a movie theater.  Friday is Jackie Chan in Drunken Master. Let’s […]

Watch Boston’s biggest star on Thursday night

Films at the Gate launches on Thursday night 8/26 with BODYGUARDS AND ASSASSINS – 2009. (Full schedule here.) Curator Jean Lukitsh reminds us that BODYGUARDS star Donnie Yen may just be Boston’s biggest movie star: Forget about Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. In Asia, the biggest star to come out of Boston is Donnie Yen. […]

Films at the Gate starts Thursday

Final preparations are underway for Films at the Gate 2010. The Boston Globe interviewed curator Jean Lukitsh about this year’s films in an article running tomorrow. Get all the event details and schedule here. See you soon on the lot.

Films at the Gate this week

Films at the Gate began as a simple idea five years ago. It’s still simple: join us this week to watch films together, outdoors, for free, in a vacant lot in downtown Boston. Help us make the most of urban space. The Boston Globe interviewed curator Jean Lukitsh about this year’s films in an article […]

Walking Tours, Kung Fu, and Tai Chi before the films

The sun goes down and the films roll at 8PM, but here are some things to experience before you take a seat at Films at the Gate 2010: Walking Tours depart every night from the Chinatown Gate at 6:00PM (45 min, THU-SUN 8/26-29) . Led by youth from the Asian Community Development Corporation, you’ll get an […]

Films at the Gate to visit the Greenway

In 2006, when Films at the Gate first transformed a vacant lot into an outdoor cinema, next door was a sandy construction site where a park was taking shape. With permission, we drew power from a contractor’s trailer, which sat in the middle of what is now, officially, Chinatown Park and the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy […]

Boston Street Lab advises Fenway CDC

Inspired by Films at the Gate, the Fenway Community Development Corporation held their own free, outdoor, movie screenings for the Fenway community, borrowing a vacant parking lot from The Abbey Group for the occasion. “Starlight Movie Nights” were held Aug 6 and 7, and each evening included performances of spoken word. Boston Street Lab provided […]

Films at the Gate 2010 schedule is here

Films at the Gate is back. It’s simple: watch great films, outside, together, for free. Here’s the 2010 schedule and directions.

Wan Laiming: Founding Father of Film Animation in China

On Saturday, August 28, Films at the Gate will present the full-length animated feature HAVOC IN HEAVEN (1961). Thanks to our curator Jean Lukitsh for the following introduction to the film’s pioneering creators, the Wan Brothers: Animation got its start in China in 1922, with the Wan brothers’ SHUZHENDONG CHINESE TYPEWRITER, a short advertisement produced […]

Films at the Gate 2010

Planning is underway for Films at the Gate 2010. Films will be shown Thursday, August 26 through Sunday, August 29, 2010. Please check back soon for more updates. See you soon on the lot! Update: Schedule of films is now up.

Live from Chinatown Park: Films at the Gate

We’re all sitting in the middle of Chinatown park, half way through our last film, and there isn’t an empty chair in the house. Thanks to everyone for joining us at Films at the Gate 2009. See you next year.

Sunday night: join us on the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway

Due to rain last night, we were unable to bring Films at the Gate to the Greenway as planned. Tonight, we’re going to give it another shot. Join us for our final night as we show Shaolin Soccer at Chinatown Park. The park is just on the other side of the Chinatown Gate from our […]

Tonight is our final night! SHAOLIN SOCCER (2001)

Sunday, Aug. 30, 2009, 8:00 PM Starring Stephen Chow, Zhao Wei, Ng Man-tat, Patrick Tse. Directed by Stephen Chow. Action direction by Ching Siu-tung. Over-the-top physical comedy and a heart-warming story about underdogs who triumph over evil made this film an international hit. Learn more about Action Director Ching Siu-tung from Films at the Gate […]

Films at the Gate: time-lapse videos

Here’s a different angle on Films at the Gate: a series of time-lapse videos showing the vacant lot transformed into a movie theater (and then back again):

Saturday night cancelled due to weather

Tonight’s film and performances have been called off due to heavy rain and wind. Check this site for the latest announcements about tomorrow’s schedule. We’ll aim to close out the series tomorrow night (Sunday) with SHAOLIN SOCCER. Thanks to performers, volunteers, and crew for being on stand-by today. See you tomorrow night.

Saturday: watching the weather

Check this site for announcements about possible cancellation of tonight’s event due to rain. Tonight’s film, Drunken Master, is scheduled to be shown at the Chinatown Park, just on the other side of the Chinatown Gate from our usual location. In case of heavy rain heading into the evening, tonight will be cancelled—there will not […]

Friday night: updates from the lot

6:00pm: Our plan is to go on with the show tonight. We’re watching the weather. Check this page for the latest news on Friday’s performances and films. 7:00pm: Light rain is tapering off. Wah Lum Kung Fu Athletic Association martial arts demonstration is underway. 8:30pm: Films are running and no rain. Come on down and […]

Friday’s film: Fist of Legend

Friday, Aug. 28, 2009, 8:00 PM Starring Jet Li, Yasuaki Kurata, Billy Chow, Chin Siu-ho. Directed by Gordon Chan. Action direction by Yuen Woo-ping. In this 1994 film, Jet Li plays Chen Zhen, the hero made famous by Bruce Lee in FIST OF FURY, who avenges the death of his teacher despite the opposition of […]

Films at the Gate T-shirts, locally produced.

Thursday and Friday afternoons, stop by the lot and watch a live silk screening session. Before the films begin, volunteers will be printing original Films at the Gate T-shirts, which will be for sale to help raise money for this community event. Thanks to Catherine Lim and Scott Ferebee for working on designs and pulling […]

Local filmmaker to be featured at Films at the Gate

A special feature of this year’s Films at the Gate is the Boston premiere of two short martial arts films by local filmmaker Nathan A. Quattrini. FIVE MINUTES FLAT, a do-or-die thriller with the hero racing the clock to save his own life, won an award as “Best Action Sequence Martial Arts Short” at the […]

Photos from Thursday Night

Photography by Jeremy Brown and Sam Davol.

Thursday’s film: A Chinese Ghost Story

A CHINESE GHOST STORY (1987) Thursday, Aug. 27, 2009, 8:00 PM Starring Leslie Cheung, Joey Wang, Wu Ma. Directed by Ching Siu-tung. Choreography by Ching Siu-tung. Swords and sorcery save the day in this comedy/horror film about a hapless young scholar who loves a ghost and must learn to fight the demon who has enslaved […]

Films at the Gate starts tonight!

As we enter the home stretch: Download terrific new posters and bookmarks created by Catherine Lim of ACDC and help spread the word. Become a Sponsor—there is still plenty of time to make a difference and see your name up on the screen. Bring your own seating, if possible, so older folks can use our […]

The Real Drunken Master: Yuen Siu-tin (1912-1980)

On Saturday night, Films at the Gate will feature Jackie Chan’s DRUNKEN MASTER. Check out the full schedule of films here, or read on as Films at the Gate Curator Jean Lukitsh introduces the real drunken master behind Saturday’s film: Jackie Chan’s DRUNKEN MASTER (1978) is one of the best-loved kung fu comedies of all […]

Films at the Gate to visit Greenway for a night

In 2006, when Films at the Gate first transformed a vacant lot into an outdoor cinema, next door was a sandy construction site where a park was taking shape. With permission, we drew power from a contractor’s trailer, which sat in the middle of what is now, officially, Chinatown Park and the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy […]

Go behind the scenes in Chinatown.

This year, during Films at the Gate 2009, join us for a short series of Tai Chi and martial arts demonstration classes and rehearsals on the vacant lot just before the space is transformed into an outdoor, neighborhood cinema each night. We’ve asked several local groups, who normally conduct their classes behind closed doors, to […]

Meet Films at the Gate Curator Jean Lukitsh and Director Tony Ching Siu-tung.

Films at the Gate will open on August 27 with CHINESE GHOST STORY and will wrap four days later with the popular SHAOLIN SOCCER. Hong Kong action choreographer and director Tony Ching Siu-tung had a hand in both of these films, as director and choreographer, respectively. Check out the full schedule of films coming to […]

Explore Chinatown and Films at the Gate via EveryScape.com

Films at the Gate has teamed up with EveryScape.com to help you get to know Chinatown, even before you set foot downtown. EveryScape is a local company that creates web-based environments where online visitors can “walk” the streets of Boston and explore inside participating businesses. For example, once inside a restaurant, you can roam around […]

Films at the Gate is back—August 2009.

Thursday to Sunday, August 27-30, 2009 For four nights this August, for the fourth year in a row, a vacant lot near Boston’s Chinatown Gate will become a free, outdoor theater, showing Kung-Fu and classic Chinese-language films under the stars. Thanks for helping us bring back a tradition of watching movies together in Chinatown. Film […]

Free Outdoor Movies in Chinatown (Canada)

This spring, we were contacted by the Calgary Chinese Community Service Association (CCCSA) located in Calgary, Alberta. They had heard about Films at the Gate, and they wanted to create a similar community event in their city. Over the past few months, we’ve kept in touch, and offered advice about how to develop, promote, and […]

Looking forward to 2009…

The lot is under snow, but we’re already thinking about free, outdoor movies in the neighborhood. Send us your suggestions for Films at the Gate 2009.

Films at the Gate 2008 Ends

Thanks to everyone who joined us this week for free, outdoor films in Chinatown. See you again next year. Here’s a look at our final evening: a time-lapse video showing the vacant lot transformed into a movie theater (and then back again).

Sunday’s film (final night): Iron Monkey (1993)

Films at the Gate closes tonight with Iron Monkey, a kung fu comedy about the childhood of one of China’s most famous martial arts heroes. The citizens of a small Chinese town suffer from failed crops and corrupt officials. Their salvation comes in the form of a Robin Hood figure, the Iron Monkey, who steals from […]

Saturday’s film: The 36th Chamber of Shaolin

Films at the Gate enters the home stretch tonight with THE 36TH CHAMBER OF SHAOLIN. When people talk about old school kung fu movies—they mean this one. Also known as MASTER KILLER, from its dubbed-in-English 1980s video release. Gordon Liu (KILL BILL) plays San Te, a Shaolin monk who masters the 35 training chambers of […]

Something’s blooming next door. . .

Learn more about small things 2, an art installation next to Films at the Gate. Visit the department of micro-urbanism and click on “small things project_2”.

Friday’s film: Red Heroine (1929)

  On Friday, Films at the Gate features the 1929 silent film RED HEROINE with an original score created and performed live by Devil Music Ensemble. This silent film from 1929 is the oldest complete swordplay (wuxia) film in existence. It’s also a good example of the classic “nu xia” or “female knight” plot, where […]

Thursday’s Film: Police Story (1985)

Films at the Gate continues with POLICE STORY at 7:30 PM. Details and directions here. POLICE STORY was Jackie Chan’s first big contemporary hit and it set a new standard for modern action films. Jackie is a heroic cop framed by a mobster and forced to take revenge. Directed by Jackie Chan, and starring Jackie […]

Wednesday’s film: My Young Auntie (1981)

Films at the Gate opens a five night run with MY YOUNG AUNTIE at 7:30 PM. Details and directions here. MY YOUNG AUNTIE is a kung fu smackdown and wacky comedy showcasing Kara Hui as a young woman who enters a marriage of convenience with an elderly benefactor to prevent his estate from being seized. […]

Films at the Gate is back.

Wednesday, Sept. 3 – Sunday, Sept. 7, 2008 For five nights this September, for the third year in a row, a vacant lot near Boston’s Chinatown Gate will become a free, outdoor theater, showing Kung-Fu and classic Chinese-language films under the stars. Thanks for helping us bring back a tradition of watching movies together in Chinatown. Film schedule.  Directions […]

New Hudson Street gallery to open next door to Films at the Gate.

Films at the Gate salutes the grand opening of a new neighbor: the Hudson Street Gallery. The new art space in Boston’s Chinatown will open on Saturday, September 6, from 12:00-5:00 PM. The gallery is located a few doors down from the Films at the Gate lot, so drop in before you catch Saturday night’s film […]

Interview with IRON MONKEY director, Yuen Wo-ping

On Sunday night, Sep. 7, Films at the Gate will wrap up five nights of outdoor films with IRON MONKEY (1993) directed by Yuen Wo-ping. Yuen Wo-ping is one of Hong Kong’s most prolific and successful filmmakers. His father, Yuen Siu-tin, was a popular actor in the early kung fu movies, and Yuen Wo-ping has been acclaimed […]

Films at the Gate 2008 Posters and Cards

Help us spread the word! Download and share Films at the Gate posters and cards. Thanks Catherine Lim of the Asian Community Development Corporation and Diane Chen of Asian Voices of Organized Youth for Community Empowerment for creating these materials.                        

Interview with IRON MONKEY star, Donnie Yen

On Sunday night, Sep. 7, Films at the Gate will wrap up five nights of outdoor films with IRON MONKEY (1993) featuring Boston’s Donnie Yen. IRON MONKEY contains some of the best fighting sequences ever captured on film. Director Yuen Wo-ping and his team of hand-picked martial arts experts packed this movie with nonstop action, making […]

Jean Lukitsh Reflects on Chinatown’s Former Movie Theaters

Thanks to Jean Lukitsh, Films at the Gate curator, for sharing this entry about Chinatown’s old movie houses. More photos and theater memorabila here (via Flickr). When I came to Boston in 1978, there were three Chinese-language movie theaters in Chinatown: the Star, the China, and the Pagoda. The Star, on Essex St. at Harrison […]

Live performance of newly-created score for 1929 silent film to premiere at Films at the Gate.

When Films at the Gate returns this fall (Sept 3 – Sept 7, 2008), the series will feature the 1929 silent film RED HEROINE with an original score created and performed live by Devil Music Ensemble. The group will premiere their work on Friday evening, Sept 5. View the entire 2008 Films at the Gate […]

Sharing Photos + Videos

We’ve gathered photos and video from previous years and uploaded them to sharing sites. See photos from 2006-2007, now on Flickr. See 2007 event video on YouTube or at higher resolution here. See 2006 event video and preview reel. Read about Films at the Gate in the news from Sampan (9/7/07),  WBUR Boston (9/15/06), and the Boston […]

New Films at the Gate web site

As Films at the Gate prepares to return for a third year, we’re rebuilding our web site. During the next week, we’ll be adding features, including photos, video, and program notes from previous years. In the mean time, you can view a mirror of the old site here  [site removed]

This page is a collection of blog posts we’ve written for Films at the Gate. Learn more about the project here.

Or head over to our event web site for this year’s schedule and an archive of more photos and video.