Kung-fu and drama merge in this unusually poignant and popular action film from the golden age of martial arts. Lo Lieh is given one of his most memorable roles as a tough gas station attendant who plots to kidnap his boss's son, only to find himself and his girlfriend (Hu Chin) enmeshed in a web of greed and murder from which it is impossible to break free.
Lo Lieh, Hu Chin, Liu Wu-chi, Tung Lin, Lin Wei-tu
Celebrated scriptwriter Shen Chiang (Heroes of Sung) continues to spread his magic touch to directing with this tale surrounding the end of the Song dynasty. Threatened by the Yuan who are closing in to rule the whole of China, a band of Song survivors band together to save their prime minister. This bold and fearless heroes fighting for their cause are led by international star, Lo Lieh (Glass Tears, Killer Clans) and Shi Szu ( Lovers Destiny), who must fight their way out of trap after trap. But they can't escape them all, and eventually the two end up in prison... it is either death or a fight to the end!
After making such successful thrillers as THE CRIMINALS 2 - HOMICIDES, such well-received action films as BIG BROTHER CHENG, and such popular comedies as MR. FUNNY - BONE, director Kuei Chih-hung put his first "hex" on the audience. This eerie, frightening, supernatural mystery thriller was so effective, it led to HEX VERSUS WITCHCRAFT and HEX AFTER HEX. But this was the original, starring the lovely Tanny Tien Ni in a challenging role of a wronged, bed-ridden wife who is at the mercy of her evil husband... and so much more. What starts as an Asian variation of the classic Fench suspense film DIABOLIQUE becomes an exercise in fervid and frightening Hong Kong horror as one ghost after another appears to wreak havoc, insanity, and death.
The “Venoms” are back in action again! After creating an international sensation in The Five Venoms, Taiwanese Opera artists Kuo Chue, Chiang Sheng and Lu Feng reteamed with Chinese muscleman Lo Meng and superkicker Sun Chien for this politically charged thriller. Set in the early Republican years, some skilled refugees run afoul of a powerful traitor, and from then on it’s one amazing battle after another.
Veteran director Lu Chun-ku leads handsome Liu Yung, pretty Liang Yun-hsin, and “Thundering Mantis,” Liang Chia-jen on a madcap mixup filled with cons, double crosses, and triple plots. It’s starts in sickly comic style as the trio’s fathers are poisoned by Lady Wu so she could steal the rare artifact known as the Double-Faced God. Extracting a deathbed promise from their wives to train their children to take back what is rightfully theirs, the siblings grow up to exact a vengeance that is more hilarious than horrific.
It's a fact: the greatest martial arts movie character is Huang Fei-hung. But it's quite possible the second greatest character is "Beggar Su", one of the famous Ten Kwangtung Tigers, and a legendary Ching Dynasty figure. Little known director Liu Shih-yu decided to fill his telling of the character's life story with the best kung-fu actors Shaw Studios had to offer. He reunited the stars of Liu Chia-liang's landmark Dirty Ho -- Gordon Liu Chia-hui, Wang Yu, and Wang Lung-wei--added such other greats as multi-award-winning Ku Feng and Pai Piao, then gave workhorse Lo Chiang his shot as choreographer. Together they made a rare, colorful, action-packed adventure as Beggar Su and his brother train incessantly to defeat the brutally powerful thief called Centipede. Finally, after much death and destruction, Gordon Liu Chia-hui and Wang Lung-wei get a memorable rematch to follow their classic masterpieces in Dirty Ho and Martial Club. The result is not only reminiscent of preeminent director Liu Chia-liang's work, but essentially an homage to him as well!
Young Lin Hsiao-hung (Shih Szu) is a poor orphan. She seeks the help of her wealthy uncle, Fang Chen-chuan (Ching Miao) and his sons, Fang Cheng (Yueh Hua) who is brave and honest, and Fang Feng (Chen Hung-lieh), a playboy. Strangely, Fang Chen-chuan favors only Fang Feng. When Fang Feng refuses to pay a gambling debt, his father pays up. Later, Fang Feng is prevented from molesting a girl by Fang Cheng who explains she is their cousin, Lin Hsiao-hung. But soon the same thing happens again and Fang Cheng intervenes once more, causing enmity between the brothers. Fang Feng seriously wounds the Magistrate's son, Li Teng-yao in a fight but Fang Chen-chuan exerts his authority to protect his son from the law. Fang Cheng is banished from the house after a fierce argument with his father over Fang Feng's uncontrolled behavior. To avenge himself, Li Teng-yao ambushes and wounds Fang Feng, and while she dresses his wounds, he rapes Lin Hsiao-hung. Fang Chen-chuan is furious to discover that Lin Hsiao-hung is pregnant, and refuses to believe her true explanation. A servant, Ta Shan Ken intervenes, taking the blame for her condition, and Fang Chen-chuan drives them both from the house. Fang Feng discovers their whereabouts, and beats Ta Shan Ken to death. This forces him to become an outlaw. His acts of robbery and subsequent murder of Li Teng-yao, make him a hunted criminal. Fang Cheng, now a lawman, is sent to capture Fang Feng. The brothers and Lin meet in a final confrontation. Though wounded by her, Fang Feng kills Lin before dying himself from her fatal bullet wound.
One of Hong Kong's top action directors of all time, Liu Chia-liang makes a mind-numbing directorial debut in The Spiritual Boxer, which not only quickly established Liu as a genius director but also encouraged other martial art choreographers to take up the directing reigns. It was also the debut film of kung-fu comedienne Wang Yu as the main character, who in reality was part of Liu’s clan of stars that he personally trained for a film career. Its Ghostbusters meets George C. Scott’s The Flim-Flam Man as Wang plays a fake ghost catcher who catches more than he bargained for. With this film, Liu is also credited with introducing comedy in to the kung-fu genre; the pre-cursor for Jackie Chan's kung-fu comedies.
This sequel to The Empress Dowager surpasses its predecessor in some ways. The attention to historic detail in the sets and costumes is everything one expects from director Li Han-Hsiang, the master of the costume drama. Variety hailed the production as "lavish, the script tightly packed"; Variety also concluded that the "filmmaker's efforts to try to make things perfect, to put his audience back in the days of the Empress Dowager and her son, have come off once again."
Chen Kuan Tai heads an impressive ensemble cast in The Big Holdup, a story about five bank robbers being hunted down and killed by the police, who in turn are tipped off by the man that masterminded the robbery. Filled with some amazing Sam Peckinpah-ish gun battles and brutal fight sequences, the film also features a very young Danny Lee as a criminal rather than the dashing police inspector that won him critical acclaim in John Woo's The Killer.