As the names of Chang Cheh and Liu Chia-liang became legendary, all-too-often the name of their equally valued collaborator, Tang Chia, is omitted. That may be, because, unlike the previous pair, the veteran kung-fu choreographer only went on to direct three movies of his own. Of course, that makes this trio all the more special, and this first effort perhaps the most special of all. It may be an eye-filling, mind-bending martial arts tale of two royal princes battling for the rightful recovery of the throne, but it's also a party, where Tang invites two cinematographers, three editors, and no less than five other choreographer friends to almost literally shoot the works. The results are kung-fu configurations not only never seen before, but never even imagined!
Starring the stunning, teenage heartthrob Pat Ting Hung, The Butterfly Chalice marks the important directing debut of the kung-fu film genre's most principle figure Chang Cheh, as he burst the martial arts and swordplay movie doors wide open, announcing the beginning of the end for the Cantonese musicals.
Huangmei Opera movies like The Pearl Phoenix are unique to 1960s Hong Kong culture, a product of the Swinging Sixties but considerably more in touch with their Chinese roots. This one is completed with a gender-bending tale where the male lead is played by a female posing as a man, plus movie queen Li Ching and the singing voices of Ivy Ling Po and Jing Ting. Sit back and enjoy!
Greed, power struggles and adrenalin-pumping action form the basis of this sequel which bears all the trademarks of director Wong Jing, often called the Roger Corman of Hong Kong. It is 20 years since Part 1 and Ho Hsin (Canto-pop idol Andy Lau) is now the proud and powerful owner of a chain of casinos in Macau. His former partner Nieh Ao-tien (Liu Shao-ming), now reliant on him, is bitter at the turn of fortunes and schemes to overthrow Ho. He isn’t the only one out to get Ho, however. A young man, Cheng Chen (Tsai Yi-chieh) is hired by Ho to work in the casino, not knowing that Cheng is the son of his former lover (Joey Wang Jo-yin) who is out to kill him. But Ho isn’t about to just roll over and die.
Andy Lau, Michelle Lee, Chingmy Yau, Alex Man, Liu Shao-ming
Based on a novel by the great Eileen Chang and directed by the equally acclaimed Ann Hui, this sad but beautiful romance story sets during the World War II, where dreams of riches and love are shattered by reality.
Circus acrobat Pao Decheng (the internationally renowned action star, Yueh Hua) is a skilled acrobat turned do-gooder in this fast-paced action thriller from the golden age of martial arts cinema. Corrupt official Qian Li (Chen Hung Lieh) plots the murder of his competitor for the hand of his beautiful cousin, Wang Danping (Li Ching). Pao rushes to the rescue only to find himself knee-deep in trouble. A dynamic adventure of fast action, near misses, and clever deception…
Veteran kung fu star Luk Kim-ming's directing career got off to a flying start with this merry tale. The film has not only won Luk Kim-ming and his writing partner Best Screenplay Award at the Hong Kong Film Awards, but also a Best Actress Award for Wang Hsiao-feng! Wang Hsiao-feng plays a pregnant student who marries a sympathetic, equally heartbroken passer-by on impulse. One thing after another occurs until the couple achieves an unexpected, yet completely satisfying and happy ending.
Taiwanese singer Lin Chong plays a cool jewel thief who turns over a new leaf as a professional singer in Chang Cheh's first ever musical. A series of new robberies arise and has everyone wondering if the thief hasn't returned to his old ways...
Lily Ho , Jimmy Lin Chong , Lo Lieh , Essie Lin Chia
When Ti Lung left Shaw Brothers, he dropped his stereotyped "lone swordsman" persona from the past six years and has since ventured into films with social themes. In his directorial debut, Young Lovers On Flying Wheels, Ti Lung replaces the "sword" with a motorcycle and then chooses the girl and happiness instead of dueling and a lonesome existence.
Cheng Pei-pei was Hong Kong's first and most celebrated Queen of Kung-fu where her on screen performances set all the standards for future female martial arts stars like Michelle Yeoh. Lady Of Steel is a high plains drifter adventure where Cheng Pei-pei plays a swordswoman on a mission: to find the bandits that killed her parents and save the country from foreign invaders. Cheng Pei-pei's success garnished international acclaim with her Jade Fox character in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.
As its name implies, Songfest is an Eastmancolor-Shawscope costume musical, traditionally Chinese and timeless in content; yet revealing a spirited and modern technique. Shot on location at Taiwan's beautiful Sun-Moon Lake, it's a turbulent romance between a passionate tea picker Sung Yu-lan (Margaret Tu Chuan) and a charming fisherman Li Chun-yang (Chiao Chuang).
Margaret Tu Chuan, Julie Shih-yen, Chiao Chuang, Lily Ho
In the days before Bruce Lee became a superstar, the greatest heroes in Hong Kong cinema were not just one man, but two: the majestic Ti Lung and the charismatic David Chiang, who were made stars by Chang Cheh. The year after they exploded into superstardom in the director's landmark teen rebellion action film, Vengeance, they returned in this mano-a-mano classic which contained many of themes that made them famous. A wealthy man is murdered. An adopted son struggles with familial fears. A mysterious, charming, streetwise knight-errant named "Rambler" always turns up in the nick of time. The two protagonists distrust each other until they survive a trial by fire (and fists). Then, side by side, they must face dozens of duplicitous killers from without and within. With the support of action choreographer Liu Chia-liang, this "Iron Triangle" of a director and his two stars creates another winner.
Ambitious Prince Four (Liu Yung) attempts to kill the potential heir Prince Fourteen (Mok Siu-chung), but the latter is rescued by his aide Tseng Tsing (Hsu Shao-chiang). After an unsuccessful attempt to buy Tseng Tsing, Prince Four tries to murder him, but fails. He eventually hires Nien Keng-yao (Pai Piao), an outstanding martial artist, as his aide.