Even at an early time during Hong Kong's erotica cinema development, highly renowned directors were willing to sacrifice their reputations and established actresses were lining up to take off their clothes. In Facets Of Love, the undisputed king of epic dramas, director Li Han-hsiang, gets some of Shaw's sexiest ladies to strip for camera. It's three sexy vignettes centering around a Ming Dynasty brothel that steams with secret erotic myths, trysts and twists of pleasurable indulgence.
The charm of Pursuit Of A Killer lies in the long awaited reunion of Five Venoms duo, Lo Meng and Sun Chien; Lo Meng, who plays a Mainland Chinese criminal escapee to Hong Kong in search of a better life, and a cop (Sun Chien) who helps him adjust to Hong Kong life while tracking down his mysterious killer at the same time.
Veteran filmmakers unite for one last blow-out before they make way for the new talent. Director Yen Chuan started acting in 1949 and directing in 1953, scripter Soong Shiao-waung started writing in the 1950's, star Ling Yun started acting in the 1960's. They all combine their proven talents for this tale of the Dragon Sword and the evil Security Agency guards, sensual swordswomen, and notorious bandits who want it.
In the vein of Romeo and Juliet Hong style, the small ensembled cast and little known director Michihko do a big league job with their rendition of Romeo and Juliet in this film. Although poor boy (Derek Erh Tung-sheng) and rich girl (Yu An-an) are from opposite ends of the spectrum, their undying love refuses to let anyone get in their way, including their parents.
Taiwan’s glamorous onscreen couple, Ko Chun-hsiung and Chang Mei-yao, star in this unique World War II romance. When a Chinese man living in Japan-occupied Taiwan is drafted into the military, he leaves his pregnant and unmarried mistress behind. When he is presumed dead, she becomes a cabaret singer and gradually descends to the likes of prostitution. When he returns, will the couple be able to finally find happiness?
When Shaw Studio decided to produce an epic about the famous Italian explorer Marco Polo and his meeting with Mongolian emperor Kublai Khan, they turned to one of their most famous and respected directors. Chang Cheh, who had already proven himself by making such sweeping sagas as ALL MEN ARE BROTHERS, co-wrote this adventure of four Han blood brothers and their quest to avenge their comrade's killing at the hands of three sadistic Mongol warriors. He then surrounded famed Caucasian actor Richard Harrison (as Marco Polo) with the best the Shaw Brothers kung-fu film units had to offer, including future lead "Venom" Kuo Chue, "Master Killer" Gordon Liu Chia-hui, and "Thundering Mantis" Liang Chia-jen. The result is a splendid historical tale as well as a superlative martial arts thriller.
The most prolific kung-fu director in Hong Kong martial arts cinema, Chang Cheh, ushered in a new phase of his career and a new generation of action stars with THE FIVE VENOMS. The setting is ancient China's School of Five Venoms, so named for its five types of kung-fu based on five venomous animals: centipede, scorpion, serpent, toad, and lizard. The school is notorious for the evil deeds of its disciples, leading to another classic battle between righteousness and depravity. THIS INTERNATIONAL HIT, LAUDED IN RIC MEYERS' PREMIERE, GROUNDBREAKING BOOK MARTIAL ARTS MOVIES AS ONE OF THE GREATEST, SPAWNED A SERIES FEATURING THE SAME ACTORS IN NEW ROLES WHICH WAS ALSO ENJOYED FROM AMERICA TO ASIA.
Kuo Chue, Sun Chien, Chiang Sheng, Lo Meng, Lu Feng
There is no Chinese novel more famous than Journey To The West; and while there have been many movie adaptations, this memorable version presents a unique interpretation with humour, action, and fantasy galore. Ho Fan (who later became a celebrated erotic film director) plays the monk who undertakes a journey for Buddhist scriptures, encountering Monkey, Pigsy, and a damsel in distress (played by the actress named "The Most Beautiful Creature In China"), among many fun and fascinating others.
This magnificent martial arts saga takes up where the renowned original left off: with our hero Kuo Tsing winning the hand of fair maiden Huang Yung. Almost immediately, however, clan rivalries in the "Martial Art World" leads to Kuo being wounded by Ouyang Feng and Huang being named new leader of the Beggar Clan. It's all mounted with sparkling energy by three kung-fu choreographers and a star-packed cast. International favorite Alexander Fu Sheng is back as Kuo, but Niu Niu shines in her show-stopping role as his betrothed. In addition, the mystical martial arts mayhem serves as a showcase for "My Young Auntie" Hui Ying-hung, king of villains Johnny Wang Lung-wei, and "Venoms" Kuo Chue, Lo Meng, and Sun Chien as well as other famous action stars literally too numerous to mention!
In this martial arts infused action flick directed by Hua Shan (Super Inframan), Liu Tachiang (Anthony Lau) does his best to live a respectable life, doing what is asked of him as a loyal member of the triads, while trying to live up to his own, often conflicting personal interests. In a typical situation like this, Liu is extremely loyal and dedicated to his pals but unfortunately, he has picked the wrong crowd to stick to! As Liu soon learns, the path to hell is paved with good intentions; as the hapless hero finds himself caught up in an all-out gang war that comes to a startling, dynamite conclusion...
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.