Pao Hsueh-li, the trusted co-director for several of Chang Cheh’s most memorable productions (including THE WATER MARGIN), here creates one of his own. It features a brother who loves books and a sister who loves swords taking on men-haters, women-haters, and even monsters. The yellow-robed warrior, the Red Python, a sinuous snake-charmer, and a silk-masked beauty (who must kill or wed the first man to see her face) are just some of the fascinating characters these siblings must face before they bring peace to their battle-addled family. The versatile actor Danny Lee, future star of John Woo’s THE KILLER, stars as the brother, while the striking Tanny Tien Ni, is the sister in this familial fight fest. Respected kung-fu choreographers Tang Chia and Huang Pei-chi controlled the swordplay and even the feared "moonlight blow" in this special, cliché-smashing production.
Based on the classic Ming Dynasty novel The Water Margin, Three Sinners is a Huangmei Opera about love, betrayal, murder, and redemption. Starring Hong Kong's premiere movie couple, it is one of the grandest Eastmancolor-Shawscope costume musicals in the Shaw Brothers library.
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.
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.
Acclaimed director Chu Yuan was credited for bringing mystery and detective thriller ingredients into his atmospheric and character-rich martial arts epics, and this is one of the most impressive examples. The title refers to the nickname of a notorious rapist-murderer who swoops down to destroy one swordsman's fiance and frame another. Or does he? The two tragic men team with a beautiful swordswoman searching for her missing father to find the truth — only to discover incredible traps, ambushes, duplicity, avarice, and betrayal between them and the mystery's solution. They survive blades, bombs, and even poison gas to reveal priceless treasure and coveted kung-fu manuals before the Bat is beaten at his own insidious game.
Ching Li , Derek Yee , Ouyang Pei-shan , Wang Jung
After making superstars of Jimmy Wang Yu, Ti Lung, David Chiang, Chen Kuan-tai, and others, esteemed martial arts movie master Chang Cheh decided it was time to cement the stardom of soon-to-be international favorite Alexander Fu Sheng. This film - following the director's SHAOLIN MARTIAL ARTS, FIVE SHAOLIN MASTERS, and DISCIPLES OF SHAOLIN - was clearly Fu's showcase. Rather than sharing the screen, as he had in the previous Shaolin trio, here he was clearly the sole hero, and took full advantage of that fact. He gives both a great dramatic and martial arts performance as an honorable carriage driver who finds love and death when he comes to the rescue of a girl being harassed by particularly venal, homicidal punks. This fight-filled thriller was made even more special by its introduction of the unusual 'Tsai' 'Li' 'Fu' kung-fu style - for which it had its own separate off-stage instructor (Yen Yat liang).
Alexander Fu Sheng, Jenny Tsang, Wang Lung-wei, Liang Chia-jen
Chen Kuang (David Chiang) and Tu Fa (Wang Chung) are good friends who make an honest living as taxi drivers. Ma Hsiang-lung (Shih Chung-tien), a tenant in the same house as Chen, plots a bank robbery. They set a trap for Chen and the police identifies Chen as one of the robbers. Aided by his friends Tu Fa, Chen goes into hiding, trying at the same time to track down the real robbers.
The venerated Sun Chung made many different kinds of films for Shaw Brothers, including popular and renowned satirical comedies, contemporary action dramas, and magnificent martial arts movies. This is one of his last of the latter for the studio, so he wanted to have fun... and let the audience share it. Toward that end he cast international favorite Alexander Fu Sheng as the title character who keeps testing the patience (and kung-fu skills) of his father, a small town bonesetter and herbal healer played by award-winning character actor Ku Feng. But when a local dignitary not only smuggles drugs but plans to give a Chinese treasure away to evil outsiders, the father and son unite to take on foreign fighters and even Japanese ninja in a non-stop display of comic action prowess.
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.
King of tension, Sun Chung directs this insightful melodrama into the hopes of young 1970s kids for love and romance, and rarely for a Hong Kong film, sex! In order to escape from her mother fiddling in her love life, young office worker, Li Mingli (Lin Chen-chi) moves away from home to live on her own. Now independent, she falls in love with novelist, Gu Nongfeng (Tsung Hua) and moves in with him. But all's not smooth sailing in a city where free love and illicit affairs are frowned upon, and rebellion is just not done!
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.