“Queen Of Swords” Cheng Pei-pei exchanges her martial arts weaponry for a syringe in this exotic contemporary drama by Pan Lei. Paul Chang Chung plays Dr. Ho, who decides to move to a backward island off the coast of Taiwan to look for his missing father. He meets nurse Ya Lan (Cheng Pei-pei) who falls in love with him. But dastardly doings are afoot as Dr. Ho’s enemies plot against him. It is a joy to see Cheng flex her dramatic muscle against the more fragile Lily Ho.
This is Sun Chung's very first film for the Shaw Brothers, making it especially interesting and important. He hit the ground running with this action-filled tale of a :Devil Girl" who is setting one clan against another to get her hands on two amazing mirrors with supernatural powers. Only a noble swordsman (played by Liu Tan) and beautiful swordswoman (played by The Thundering Sword star Shu Pei-pei) can stop her.
Ha (Tien Fung) and Si Ma (Wong Chung Shun) are godsons of an escort group owner. In order to steal two secret kung fu manuals, Si Ma kills his godfather and hurts Ha’s face. Ha runs for his life with his newly born baby girl (Lily Ho). Ha hides himself in a deep forest and trains up his daughter with kung fu for taking revenge on Si Ma. The baby girl grows up to be “The Silver Fox” and tries to challenge Si Ma, but fails. Fortunately, she is saved by Tsui (Chang Yi), who is a student. Tsui accompanies her to meet her father, but Ha suspends that they are secretly in love, so he locks her up in the basement…
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.
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.
Pao Hseuh-li started his film career as a cinematographer, beautifully lensing such important films as Golden Swallow. This was one of his films as director. Lo Lieh, soon to be Shaw Brothers' first international star, stars as Sung Dynasty patriot Chin Liang, who runs afoul of a corrupt and ambitious ex-friend. To avenge the villains' treachery, he must make an oath of death, purposely maiming himself to accomplish his ultimate triumph.
Jenny Hu, Shaw Brothers' gorgeous Chinese-German star, was given her first comedy role in the wild and wacky Guess Who Killed My Twelve Lovers? Described as "a comedy of belly laughs and chilling murders", it is a unique entry in the Hong Kong theater of the absurd.
Hui Pui-ching is often ill-treated by her husband Fan Pak-nan, a cruel and uncouth man. At a party, Pui-ching meets rich and erudite businessman, Ha Mon-hin. He also has family troubles and they are mutually attracted. One day, feeling lonely, Pui-ching takes a walk and runs into Mon-hin. They dine out and go for a walk along the beach. After not having seen Pui-ching for several days, Mon-hin discovers she is ill. At the risk of being discovered, he visits her. She is glad to see him and they stroll on the beach again. Mon-hin picks up a purple shell and gives it to Pui-ching as a memento. Pak-nan becomes suspicious of Pui-ching's movements and he employs a maid to spy on his wife. His suspicions seem confirmed when he sees Pui-ching and Mon-hin conversing at a party. Pak-nan humiliates his wife by taking a dance hostess home and necking with her in his wife's presence. Pui-ching falls seriously ill. Pak-nan continues to bully her and declares he no longer cares for her. Mon-hin takes care of Pui-ching and pays all her medical bills. Pui-ching recovers but loses her mind despites Mon-hin's efforts to help. Mon-hin takes Pui-ching to the beach where, on sighting a purple shell, she regains her sanity. Mon-hin takes Pui-ching to the country where he buys her a new home. Pak-nan, who has taken photographs of the pair, conspires with Mon-hin's uncle, Tao See-yin, to blackmail Mon-hin. See-yin demands and gets $50,000 from Mon-hin. At the same time, Pak-nan insists Mon-hin sign a statement turning over all his property to him in exchange for Pui-ching. If not, Mon-hin will be sued in court. Pui-ching finds out about the blackmail attempt. She feels partly responsible and decides to prevent it. She tears up Mon-hin's statement agreeing to the property transfer and then kills herself. See Yin, unable to get his share of the blackmail money from Pak-nan, decides on revenge. He tells Mon-hin's wife the entire story and blames Pak-nan for Pui-ching's death. Mon-hin is confronted by his wife and learns of the death of Pui-ching. His son, hearing of the affair, runs away from home. The strain is too much for Mon-hin who becomes mentally unbalanced. He wanders about on the beach day and night in search of purple shells.
THE KUNG-FU INSTRUCTOR is martial arts film director Sun Chung's loose homage to Akira Kurosawa's Yojimbo where unlike Toshiro Mifune's Sanjuro character being a snarling, bastard, drunk swordsman looking for a drink, popular actor Ti Lung's Huang Yang role, is an upright, righteous, weapon instructor looking to keep his limbs. Huang is a famous martial artist trapped into teaching kung-fu to the wrong clan while the opposing "good" clan tries to save him so he can instruct their members. Besides kung-fu comedienne Wang Yu starring in one of his few serious roles, Sun became the first Shaw Brothers' director to use a Steadicam which gives the film's action and editing style a unique brand of tension and rhythm. The pole fights are also out of this world.
From director Lo Chen comes The Shepherd Girl, a heartwarming 1963 musical from Shaw Brothers! In this musical drama, Julie Yeh Feng stars as Hsiu Hsiu, a beautiful shepherd girl who falls in love with a handsome boatman named Liu Ta-lung (Kwan Shan). Unfortunately, she cannot afford to marry him because her father has a tower of debt due to gambling. To complicate the matter, a rival suitor promises to pay off all her father's debts on one condition: that Hsiu Hsiu marries him. She initially declines, but jealousy gets the better of her when she assumes Ta-lung is flirting with another woman. In retaliation, she starts flirting with her possible husband-to-be. What she doesn't know is that her jealousy is based on an actual misunderstanding!
Jiang Xiao Yu is separated from his twin brother as a baby after his parents are murdered. He is taken by a couple to Villains Valley and raised to be a villain by a host of outlaws. Jiang leaves the valley to explore the world when he grows up - will he be able to avenge his parents and meet with his twin brother?
Torrent of Desire cascades with flames of lust that burns with a romance chiller delight. Directed by the acclaimed romance director Lo Chen, the film stars the sexy Eurasian model / actress Jenny Hu, adding fuel to desire. And watch out for the up and coming Angela Yu Chien who plays a precocious love-starved daughter of a rich widower. Angela later appears in Hong Kong erotic Category III films. The story is about David (Chiao Chuang), who came from a wealthy family, falls in love with model Chu Dan-fung (Jenny Hu). They get married. Meanwhile, Mona (Angela Yu Chien) is rejected by Chan, she lies to her brother that Chan is having an affair with Dan-fung due to jealousy and anger...