Malay Chinatown's Yu Yi restaurant was helding Mr. Shek's wedding banquet, Chinese Mr. Lui attended with wealthy merchant Mr. Hung. With the banquet begins, Mr. Lui begins a special religious ceremony, like the gods appeasement ceremonies in ancient China. In the midst of the cereomny, assassin Wa only has three and a half minutes to aim at the groom Mr. Shek. Gunshots ring out, but the person shot is actually Mr. Hung. As Wah is shocked by this occurrence, he notices another assassin leaving nearby, the two begin to go head to head. Later, Wah suddenly becomes the assassin who killed Mr. Hung and a fugitive from the Malay police...
Scientist Li Chung-hua invents a chemical called L333 capable of accelerating the growth of plants. Applied to man, it can create gigantic superman. Not surprisingly, agents of world powers vie to get hold of this revolutionary invention. Li's son Yuan-ming is a student in Japan and engaged to vocalist Ting Tu. His daughter Hsiao-lan stays with him in Hong Kong and she's about to marry nightclub owner Hsiao Chia-wen in Japan. Hsiao Claims he's Ting's brother. Fearing Li might be kidnapped by gangleader Dr. Zero, Interpol agent Chu Tien-wei sends Lo Tien to help Hsiao-lan protect Li. Meanwhile, a Japanese fertilizer firm employs Chang Chih-hsieh to steal the invention when Li refuses to sell it. Dr. Zero, whose underground h.q. is situated in Japan, abducts Yuan-ming before he leaves for Hong Kong. A brain transplant takes place and Yuan-ming is given one of the gangsters' brain. Now completely obedient to Dr. Zero, he is sent on a mission to Hong Kong with Hsiao. Li discovers Yuan-ming trying to seize his invention and in a fit of anger he burns all his research papers. Yuan-ming kills Lo Tien and paralyses Li. He explains to Hsiao-lan that this is to divert Li's pursuers' attentions. Li is shipped to Japan and taken to Dr. Zero's h.q. Hsiao-lan goes to Japan to rescue her father and is herself made prisoner. Li agrees to divulge from memory the formula of L333 rather than see his daughter killed. Chang arrives at the gangsters' h.q. with several Interpol agents. A fierce fight ensues and the criminals are routed. Dr. Zero turns out to be none other than nightclub boss Hsiao Chia Wen.
Toward the end of the Ching Dynasty, the South China Sea was swarming with pirates looking to plunder treasure-rich Portuguese merchant ships. This titanic tale of a daring and heroic "Robin Hood" of the seas took no less than three directors: the "godfather of the kung-fu film," Chang Cheh, his trusted co-director Pao Hsueh-li, and soon-to-be pioneer filmmaker Wu Ma. Adding to its importance is the fact that it is a starring showcase for Ti Lung, who came to prominence just a few years before, teamed with the charismatic David Chiang. Although Chiang guest stars as a suspicious but noble government officer, this is clearly Ti’s show as he swashes and buckles with the best of them - not just to save his pirate pals, but to aid persecuted fisher-folk against a corrupt and evil local ruler. It all adds up to epic entertainment which ranks with the finest seafaring adventures.
Shaw's and TVB's biggest stars join hands in this ensemble cast tale of the woes of falling headfirst into a hunger chase for money and riches. In 1973, the Hong Kong Heng Seng Index hit extraordinary peaks, and people from all walks of life go stock market crazy. Meanwhile, Hong Kong's social problems pile up without anyone paying any attention to what's happening to the crazy lives of this mad city that so many people call home. An ingenious tongue-in-cheek tale from talented director Chu Yuan.
It's back to the Shaolin Monastery for one of the most unusual action-packed tales to invade its hallowed halls. Lo Lieh is the ringleader of the Snake Sect, intent on reviving a particularly deadly faction known as the "Five Poison Web" (which is also THE WEB OF DEATH's Chinese title). To achieve his ends, he has an affair with the sexy ringleader of the Scorpion Sect, Angela Yu Chien. But there is also the Centipede Sect to contend with, as well as other assorted martial artists, among them such top Shaw Brothers talents as Yueh Hua, Ching Li, and Lily Li. Under the fluid direction of Chu Yuan and action choreographers Tang Chia and Yuen Cheung-yan (member of the martial arts world's esteemed Yuen Family and brother of Matrix master Yuen Woo-ping), THE WEB OF DEATH goes places where no other Shaolin kung-fu movie has gone before or since.
A Chinese costume version of the legend of French King Louis XIV, Shin Yung-Kyoon plays the double role of twin sons of the Emperor who are separated as children. One is a brave noble warrior, the other is a debauched ruler whose suspicion is so great he orders his very own sibling's face to be hidden by an iron mask. The ever-talented Li Ching co-stars as the princess, a love interest for both brothers.
Yen Chuan plays the weak emperor, whose obsession with his consort, Yang Kwei Fei (Li Li-hua) makes him ignore the running of the country and leave the reins to his Prime Minister Yang Kuo-chung (Yang Chi-ching), who also happens to be Yang Kwei Fei's brother. Unfortunately, the cruel Prime Minister's selfish decisions leave the empire in shambles. The Magnificent Concubine is one exquisite production not to miss!
Tang Chia is considered one of the greatest kung-fu choreographers ever, but he only directed three movies of his own. The first two were weird and wonderful kung-fu phantasmagoricals, but this, his last, is not only his greatest, but one of the greatest ever. Ti Lung, in one of his finest performances, plays Tieh Chiao-san, head of the Ten Kwangtung Tigers, who falls victim to opium, the title drug which crippled China. The tragedies and drama that ensue are as stunning as the kung-fu, created by a superlative team of six martial artists. It leads to a truly unforgettable climax, as a trembling Tieh, still weak from going cold turkey, must face the gangsters who have ruined his town while he was addicted. A legitimate masterpiece and one of the finest, most effecting martial arts movies Shaw Brothers ever produced.
Linda Lin Dai struggles with The Blue forces of freedom, love, the sea and the sky, and The Black, the bottomless pit of evil. Lin’s poignant performance is memorable, however, it is that of newcomer Angela Yu Chien, who was named Best Supporting Actress. Part I ends with a literal cliffhanger, setting the stage for the equally memorable Part II.
Fu Ping-chung (Ching Miao), a government official, is charged with making a misleading military report and is recalled from his position. He and his servant pack up his books and belongings and head for home. En route, they get into a squabble with a man (Chuan Yuan) at the inn, but the man proves to be such a good fighter that Fu persuades him to join his entourage as a body-guard. Soon they meet two girls, Shih Hsueh-lan (Shu Pei-pei) is s reluctant bride who has just run away from her wedding. They join Fu and his men for protection but then they all fall into an attack by a gang of traitors...