In a rare reversal of typecasting, Shaw Brothers' perennial bad guy Lo Lieh breaks tradition to play the honorable and noble swordsman in The Swift Knight. Similar to Danny Kaye's The Court Jester without the jest, it's tale of brave knights, chivalry and fair maidens where the Swift Knight (Lo Lieh) finds himself involved in romance, court intrigue and deadly jousts while trying to protect a baby who is the Emperor's secret heir apparent.
Lo Lieh, Margaret Hsing Hui, Huang Tsung-hsing, Chin Han
Story about the Han Dynasty, Taishi Dong Zhuo (Lo Wei) autocratic disaster States, princes attacked with one voice. Loyalists Wang Yun (Yang Chi-ching) the use of Diao Chan (Lin Dai) and beauty, drive a wedge between Dong Zhuo and his adopted son Lu Bu (Chao Lei), a father and son eventually make enemies, Lu Bu to kill Dong Zhuo, Lu Bu and Diao Chan to become dependents.
The swordsman genre well under way, even directors like the es¬tablished Yueh Feng, who had directed romance stories since 1938, gave it a spin. THE BELLS OF DEATH, a whirlwind story about a man who embarks on a life long journey to learn the sword then find and eliminate the three men who killed his family and abducted his sister, features an appearance of relatively new Shaw Brothers' faces hoping to make the grade and become the next Jimmy Wang Yu, David Chiang or Ti Lung. Amidst fountains of blood and guts, actor Wu Ma rang true as his bells of glory eventually tolled. He went on to star in 180 movies (including several with Jackie Chan and Jet Li) and become one of Hong Kong's premiere, new wave, ghost story film directors.
No team of "Martial Arts World" sword-and sorcery epic-makers ever matched that of exceptional director Chu Yuan and best-selling author Ku Lung. This is one of their most powerful and interesting, giving screen idol Derek Yee one of his most challenging roles. Here, he is the ambitious, proud master of the "Meteor" style of swordsmanship, who is brought to the edge of suicide by betrayal. A good woman saves him and brings him to, literally, the Valley of Happiness. But even that's not enough for the obsessed swordsman, who takes the title weapon (his father-in-law's wedding gift, yet!) and goes on a selfish rampage of violence and sex. Master kung-fu choreographer Tang Chia guides a first rate cast (including king screen villain Wang Lung-wei as the "immortal God of Eagle") in one of their most memorable productions.
Ling Yun plays a young musician hired by the manager of a popular band when the group's former drummer/leader Charlie, a guy with an ego bigger than his drums, quits to join a rival group. As the new drummer, Ling becomes an immediate hit. But there's trouble brewing. The former drummer is now very jealous of his replacement while the young drummer's mother is dead set against him having a music career.
Pao Hseuh-li started his film career as a cinematographer, beautifully lensing such important films as Golden Swallow. This was one of his films as director. Lo Lieh, soon to be Shaw Brothers' first international star, stars as Sung Dynasty patriot Chin Liang, who runs afoul of a corrupt and ambitious ex-friend. To avenge the villains' treachery, he must make an oath of death, purposely maiming himself to accomplish his ultimate triumph.
Acclaimed director Ho Meng-hua tackles fantasy in The Human Goddess, a genre bending film that features a love story between an alluring female fairy, played by the real life sexy goddess Li Ching, who seeks love in the world of mortal men and finds it in a man who takes care of an orphanage. Ho was one of the first directors to give Jackie Chan and Sammo Hung their first breaks as extras in his early martial arts films.
The U.S. TV documentary The Art Of Action declared this film as the foundation for a new era in Hong Kong martial arts drama. It created a sensation throughout Southeast Asia due to its unique combination of exciting action scenes and a stellar cast of established stars and new favorites. It also broke box office records and inspired two equally important sequels: The Twin Swords and The Sword And The Lute.
It is love beyond the grave, as a young scholar and his beautiful lover are torn apart forever by his dastardly uncle and his friend, who drive the girl to commit suicide... but with death comes revenge for the enchanting ghost. A spooky yet heart-wrenching tale...
Chang Mei-yao , Yang Li-hua , Lei Ming , Tsui Fu-sheng
There is an old grudge between families among the Ching and Ming supporters in Kwang Tung. Tsai (Ku Feng) is concealed by pawnbroker Li Jen-chao (Ti Lung), a "Yun Chun" boxer, whose anti-Ching society Tsai later joins. Tsai narrowly escapes being caught in a brothel by Liang (Wang Lung-wei) and the Ching troops. He manages with the help of fellow revolutionaries to kill Liang and the other pursuers. Some years later, Liang's son Hsiao-hu (Chen Shu-chi) returns to avenge his father's death...
Wang Li, Lung Tien-chang, Chin Siu-ho, Ti Lung, Fu Sheng
Taiwan’s most glamorous screen couple, Ko Chun-hsiung and Chang Mei-yao co-star in this unique World War II romance. He is drafted into the army and she is pregnant and unmarried. When he is presumed dead, she becomes a cabaret singer and gradually descends to the likes of prostitution… Pearl Harbor was never like this!
Royal guard Che Lien-chia (Lo Lieh) is ordered to wipe out the Hung clan. When the Hung base has fallen, Hung Hsi-kuan (Lo Meng) is pursued and he loses his clan's golden medal, which is actually with Fang Shih-yu (Wang Yu). Fang's mother orders her son to return the medal to Hung who is at Shaolin with Hung. The three become troublesome pupils of Shaolin...
A bride named Ling Hsi (Brigitte Lin) and her groom Wei Kai (Adam Cheng) angers the Chief Eunuch, who sentences them to death. But before their execution, they manage to narrowly escape, and with the help of Hsiao Lou (Derek Yee), who is also in love with Ling, they look to take the fight back to the Chief Eunuch.
Adam Cheng, Derek Yee, Patrick Woo, Brigitte Lin, Chen Yu Mei