The Boxer Rebellion was one of the most incredible events in China's long history. Infuriated by the Western Imperialist power's intrusion into their country, the masses trusted rabble rousers who maintained that they had developed a kung-fu which was impervious to bullets...leading to wholesale slaughter at the enemies' guns. The "godfather of the kung-fu film," Chang Cheh, was given one of the highest budgets to date to tell this sweeping war story of disillusionment and revenge. Kung-fu choreographer Liu Chia-liang led an all-star fighting cast featuring international favorite Alexander Fu Sheng and Shaw Brothers' villain supreme Wang Lung-wei. Even the most avid fans of BLOODY AVENGERS, the heavily edited U.S. version of this film, will find this uncut, uncropped original a welcome revelation.
Cantopop king Aaron Kwok shows that he can kick and chop with the best of them. As THE BARE-FOOTED KID, he's an innocent country bumpkin/martial arts whiz in the Ching Dynasty who proves more than equal to the city slickers whose path he crosses. Ably assisted by director Johnnie To and with martial arts choreography by the legendary Liu Chia-liang, Aaron Kwok - generally acknowledged to be the best dancer among the pop idols - proves that he's equally graceful at kung-fu. The ladies in the bare-footed kid's life are impressive as well, with Maggie Cheung Man-yuk an introspective widow and Jacklyn Wu a rambunctious rich girl. Most imposing is Ti Lung, playing a mysterious fugitive, showing that he still possesses the screen presence that first brought him to kung-fu superstardom over twenty years earlier.
The crazy bumpkin returns in a sequel for more bittersweet laughs and heart-wrenching misfortune, as his true love becomes the wife of an abusive husband and his uncle further exploits his naïve nature.
This intriguing effort has more than a touch of both westerns and detective films in the martial arts mix. It lives up to its title as a noble guard is both attacked by bandits as well as betrayed by a relative. Then it's nephew against uncle, daughter against father, concubine against hero, and the law vs. vigilante justice before the last plot is exposed and the lovers are able to ride off into the sunset...
Award-winning drama featuring a passionate performance by Lisa Lu, enhanced by sumptuous costumes and sets, produces a powerful, fascinating story. In five thousand years of Chinese history, there was never a more fascinating woman than the dragon lady of the Ching Dynasty, also the Empress Dowager, who was the power behind the throne for the last half of the 19th century. The vast tapestry of palace intrigues is vividly brought to the screen.
A special place deserves a special epic, which is what this battle between a brave brand of Chinese boxers and literally thousands of Ching troops is – complete with betrayals, intrigues, and such novel fighting machines as 108 wooden robots.
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.
Yu Hsieh-erh, an adept knight, meets robbers Fang Tien-lung and Kuo Tien-yun. He donates all their stolen gold to the victims of a disastrous flood. Soon after he rescues Chiang Ling, sister of the chief knight in Wei Sheng protection order, Chiang Wei. Yu escorts Ling to Huang Tung town to meet her brother. Unfortunately, Ling is abducted by a villainous robber Kung Wu before she meets brother Wei. Yu then confronts Kung, who misleads Yu into thinking he's also a Robin Hood. Kung further enlists Yu's help in their next robbery. Yu senses something wrong and finally discovers Kung and his men are evil. Chiang Ling escapes from Kung's stronghold and hears Yu took part in the robbery. She refuses to believe it and goes in search of Yu. When she finds him, Yu admits his guilt; explaining he's been tricked, he promises to retrieve the loot. Yu slays 5 chief bandits in Kung's hideout. Kung, meanwhile, is selling the loot to the Poisonous Dragon Gang in the woods. When the Dragon men try to get rid of Kung, he kills them. When Yu arrives, he slays Kung but is himself mortally wounded. After handing back the treasure to Chiang Ling, who arrives with her brother, Yu dies.
A comedy about a naïve villager who arrives in the big city to seek his fortune. "The Crazy Bumpkins" is hilarious and bittersweet, much like its simple tragic-hero who has a heart of gold but pockets of lint.
This "bloody good" film is generally considered the second last 'Venoms' film... and what a penultimate adventure it is! Kuo Chue takes on an amazing dual role that comes along with complications and kung-fu that are wonderful to watch. Judging by exceptional 'Venom' film standards, Ode To Gallantry stands out.
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."
Tou Kuan (Chang Chan-peng) is a wealthy Kwangtung brat with a good kung fu background, he has only one ambition: to pit his wits against three shady masters of the North. The first, conman Che Tsai (Alexander Fu Sheng). The second, a professional romantic dubbed The Terrific (Nat Chen Pai-chiang). Terrific introduces Tou Kuan to his third rival, Thief Shih San-shou (Wang Yu).