Directed by Japanese director Inoue Umetsugu, Lily Ho and Ling Yun are two master thieves battling for brawn and brain; racing against each other for the famous and most prestigious gem in the world, The Venus' Tear Diamond. It is a delightful musical extravaganza of diamond and romance that is well-presented.
Imagine pint-sized Godzillas fighting the DC Comic superhero "IRONMAN", have Shaw Brothers improve on this outrageous mix by adding kung-fu choreography, and then you have SUPER INFRAMAN, one of the most far-out, fantastical films ever made. Starring the up and coming Danny Lee (who achieved international superstardom in John Woo's THE KILLER), the film pits Lee as the thunderbolt-fisted Inframan battling maniacal monsters from the Earth's center lead by the evil Demon Princess (Terry Liu). Adding to the psychosis is the fast paced fights choreographed by the acclaimed action director Tang Chia, beautiful camera work by He Lan-shan (Bruce Lee's cinematographer in THE WAY OF THE DRAGON), and fights that feature an actor who later starred in kung-fu flicks under the moniker of Bruce Lee.
This is a tragic tale about a young girl, played by Ivy Ling Po, who gets married and has five kids. She and her husband later die, forcing one child to be sold into prostitution to feed the other four. Chinese culture dictates that great respect is given to the elders and in this film, it is an elder that is the hero, telling audiences that although sadness abounds, they can return home happy so long as they remain with Confucian's teachings.
While international favorite David Chiang was best known for his role as a grinning, streetwise fighter in many Chang Cheh-directed classics, he rarely played a noble warrior monk. In this movie, he portrays the great Chih Shim, the monk who saved the Southern Shaolin Temple. Other notable stars in this martial arts epic include Lo Lieh (playing Shaolin renegade Pai Mei) and Lily Li (“first lady of Shaw kung-fu”) as one of Monk Chih Shim’s best allies.
Jimmy Wang Yu heads the stellar cast from the golden era of Shaw Brothers under the brilliant directing of auteur Chang Cheh, and here underlies their next collaboration on the classic One-Armed Swordsman. The story centers on a swordsman on the run (Wang), with his beloved trailing to find him. The intensive action scenes are beautifully choreographed; setting an example for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and the like, 34 years later.
There is a decidedly Japanese flavour to this musical comedy, shot on location in Japan under the direction of Shaw Brothers' number one Japanese import, director Inoue Umetsugu. The star, often called the "Cary Grant of Hong Kong," gives an inspiring performance in this romantic farce, but sadly, it was his last for Shaw Brothers before his untimely death less than a year after the picture release. Even so, it is a fitting testament to his carefree comic talent.
Li Ching, Ouyang Sha-fei, Chin Wei-ling, Peter Chen Ho
Warrior Tuan Chang Qing meets courtesan Liu Yin Xi in a small town. Liu pleads Tuan to kill the underworld master Guo Tian Sheng, known as the "Killer Doctor", in order to avenge the death of her fiance. Tuan and gambling addict Xiao Dao breaks into Guo's household, triggering the battle of good against evil.
Melodrama maestro Yen Chun, directed and co-starred in this heartwarming drama about a young girl, Chen (Fang Ying) whose parents send her away to stay with the Changs to escape her disintegrating family life. On the Changs' farm, Chen meets their daughter, Ling Yun (Ching Li), the young artist, Hsu (Yueh Hua) and the eldest son, Ling Hsiao (Wang Hsia). She spends a summer she will never forget...
Fang Yin, Chiao Chuang, Yueh Hua, Wang Hsia, Ching Li
After getting into trouble with a local gangster, Chui Ho, a young man, Tam Dong flees to San Francisco and managed to get a job in a restaurant in Chinatown. Tam Dong finds himself embroiled with the gang again while in San Francisco, and has to fight Chui Ho when the two meet again...
Return Of The Phoenix is yet another masterpiece from prolific director Li Han-hsiang. An imperial minister Cheng Pu (Ching Miao) is faced with a quandary. He’s getting old and his daughters are still not married. Elder daughter Shueh-yeh (Elizabeth Chuang) is so ugly no one wants her. Younger daughter Shueh-wu (Li Hsiang-chun) is beautiful but Mrs Cheng refuses to let her marry before her elder sister. The drama unfolds when Cheng decides to marry Shueh-wu off.
Li Hsiang-chun, King Feng, Kao Pao-shu, Jen Chieh, Ching Miao, Chiang Kwong-chao
Master of the "brotherhood" films, award winning director Chang Cheh has always had a good eye for martial art talent and in INVINCIBLE SHAOLIN he re-introduces what was to become known as the THE FIVE VENOMS to the world of heroic bloodshed. Chang intelligently weaves a mythical tale of treachery centered around the historic attempts of the Ching Dynasty trying to destroy the Shaolin Monasteries. It's a story of misunderstanding, revenge and doomed heroes who finally realize their error in judgment through the sanctity of their martial arts. The various fighting styles used are choreographed with such amazing precision and insanity, that it's hard to believe that all this psychotic stylish action was shot and made up as they went along. It's marvelous to behold.
This film marks the Shaw Brothers' quintessential "Huangmei Opera" costume drama, as well as the directorial debut of Kao Li, a veteran screenwriter who won in the 1958 Asian Film Festival for his script Diau Charn. Co-written by future action auteur Chang Cheh, the story evolves around two imperial concubines vying for the emperor's favor in the Song Dynasty. Magnificent performances from Ivy Ling Po and Chin Feng, and a must-see for all Huangmei Opera fans.
Yu Lou is betrayed by his wife, and eventually killed by her lover, Fung, who is the boss of a martial arts school. Yu Lou’s brother Xiao Lou knows about his tragic death and is determined to take revenge on Fung and his sister-in-law.
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.