Last year Fantastic Fest further canonized its commitment to the legacy of cinema by instituting the Lifetime Achievement Award. True to form, the filmmakers recognized not only contributed to the scope of film as a whole, but whose careers are fraught with the kind of total genre experiences that reinforce the core values of this festival. The first recipient was the master of undeniably artistic sleaze: Jess Franco ('Venus in Furs'). This year saw awards bestowed to true living legends: Roger & Julie Corman and Yuen Woo-ping.
For those of you unfamiliar with this demigod of the martial arts world, Yuen Woo-ping's most universally recognized work would be the fight choreography on 'The Matrix'. But though arguably his most career-defining film, Woo-ping has been turning heads, and shattering bones, for nearly 40 years. In honor of his award, and in acknowledgment of the breadth of his film catalog, Fantastic Fest programmed both a brand new Woo-ping film ('True Legend') as well as his directorial debut ('Snake in the Eagle's Shadow') as a repertory screening.