Mystery of Chessboxing

Mystery of Chessboxing: Livestream w/ Commentary from RZA

Directed by Joseph Kuo | 1979 | 90 minutes | Not Rated | Taiwan and Hong Kong | Mandarin/Cantonese with English Subtitles

Join us Friday, June 12 at 6:15pm PT/9:15pm ET for a special screening of Mystery of Chessboxing! RZA — acclaimed rapper, producer, director and co-founder of 36 Chambers — and Dan Halsted — head programmer at the Hollywood Theatre—will provide live commentary during this special presentation.

Mystery Of Chessboxing is an instrumental piece of Wu-Tang lore. The old school Kung Fu movie follows Ah Pao on his journey to learn Kung Fu so he can avenge his father’s death. The film is directed by Taiwanese film director Joseph Kuo, who also helmed 7 Grandmasters, 36 Deadly Styles, and 18 Bronzemen.

Wu-Tang Clan fans will immediately recognize that the track “Da Mystery of Chessboxin’” pays homage to the movie. Ghostface Killah also derived his name from the antagonist of the film.

Tickets to Mystery of Chessboxing are $10! Click the ‘TICKETS’ button to purchase! Doors open at 5:15pm PT/8:15pm ET with the movie starting at 6:15pm PT/9:15pm ET. Customers will receive a link to the live stream 1 hour prior to showtime. 

Viewers will also be able to ask the moderators questions during the screening. Mustafa Shaikh—co-founder of 36 Chambers—will be moderating the screening.

Thanks to 36 Chambers — a lifestyle company founded by RZA and Mustafa Shaikh to house projects at the intersection of music, film, and fashion — 25% of all tickets sold will be donated to The Frida Cinema!

Visit 36 Chamber’s FAQ page for any questions about accessing the stream! Remember — you must purchase your ticket at to ensure your purchase benefits The Frida!