Adapted from the most widely read Ching Dynasty novel, this touching love story has proven a challenge to many filmmakers, and it is acclaimed as the most successful one. A sumptuous feature that took three years of planning and production, it was a hugely popular and critiqued hit which stands out as a classic combination of both 18th century literature and 1960s moviemaking.
Loh Tih, Pat Ting Ning, Ting Hung, Tu Chuan, Jen Chieh
Movie queen Ivy Ling Po is ideally cast as a male scholar in this historical Huangmei Opera romance. The curious title refers to two props that signal a happy beginning to what develops into a tragic love story between the scholar and a local beauty (played by Fang Ying). He polishes mirrors as a pretext to get closer to his love, who signals her approval by tossing him a bunch of lichees. From that point on the course of true love proves operatically rocky, complete with murder and suicide. It also proves that the special screen chemistry between Ivy Ling Po and Fang Ying, first demonstrated in the box office smash West Chamber, was no fluke. Watch for Hong Kong’s favorite fatty, Lydia Shum, in one of her earlier Shaw Brothers roles.
Emperor Chien Lung meets a famous courtesan in Suzhou and in order to spend as much time as possible with her, he builds a direct underground tunnel into the Forbidden City. The emperor’s sudden appearances through this direct access shock his people but it is also at this time that he helps the needy and cracks the gambling business in Suzhou.
Martial arts superstar, Jimmy Wang Yu plays the young hot-headed Kuo Liang, Police Chief Inspector Yang's son. Kuo falls in love with sexy dancing girl, Mei Lin (Margret Hsing Hui), and when he needs money, he gambles. The world is a cruel place and Kuo is duped of his cash by trickster Chen Piao (Ku Feng). When Mei Lin is raped by a bunch of teddy boys, Kuo's urge to take his own justice grows... but how can he break the law when his father is the Police Chief!
Wang Yu, Margaret Hsing Hui, Tien Feng, Tang Ching, Lin Ching
Prominent kung-fu actor David Chiang teams up with Chang Cheh's award winning screenwriter Ni Kuang to create a visual masterpiece full of exotic martial arts skills and fights in Shaolin Hand Lock. Chiang, who learned the secret 'Shaolin Handlock' technique from his father, is on a mission to avenge his father's death, which was ordered by the evil Ling Hao, played by Shaw Brothers' penultimate bad guy, kung-fu star, Lo Lieh. Adding to the great success of this film was the glamorous yet outlandishly inventive action sequences staged by acclaimed martial arts choreographer Tang Chia and an imposing visual edge and meticulously stylish directing by the brilliant director Ho Meng-hua who was responsible for giving early film breaks to Jackie Chan and Sammo Hung.
Teenage heart-throbs Ching Li and Paul Chin Pei come across like Annette Funicello and Frankie Avalon in the musical Sunset, a musical romp that plays similar to one of Hollywood's famous "Beach Party" movies. A car load of girls meets a car load of boys, and Ching and Paul ultimately fall in love. Yet the film takes an acrid twist and turns out to be more like a Shakespearian tragedy than a beach-babe party.
Ching Li, Paul Chin Pei, Tien Feng, Ouyang Sha-fei
The titanic team of Director Chu Yuan and Novelist Ku Lung chose to give their hero (Ti Lung) a whole new cliffhanger-fraught adventure featuring a mysterious swordsman, a sensual swordswoman, an imperial assassin, a ghost mansion, a booby-trapped tunnel, as well as double crosses and secret missions.
Betty Ting plays Susan, a young woman hiding from her father by being a nightclub singer in Japan. Pop singer Chao Ke-jen (Lin Chong) gets permission from his boss to visit Japan, with the condition that he finds the boss's daughter. Boy finds girl, boy falls in love. But will the father approve?
Betty Ting Pei, Jimmy Lin Chung, Chao Hsin-yen, Kao Ling
Celebrated scriptwriter Shen Chiang (Heroes of Sung) continues to spread his magic touch to directing with this tale surrounding the end of the Song dynasty. Threatened by the Yuan who are closing in to rule the whole of China, a band of Song survivors band together to save their prime minister. This bold and fearless heroes fighting for their cause are led by international star, Lo Lieh (Glass Tears, Killer Clans) and Shi Szu ( Lovers Destiny), who must fight their way out of trap after trap. But they can't escape them all, and eventually the two end up in prison... it is either death or a fight to the end!
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.
When Qiao Miao is about to kill the bandit whom he just met, he is attracted by her beauty and they quickly fall in love. The two later discover the blood feud between the owner of the unique weapon - “Twelve Deadly Coins” and the old master who controls the bandit...
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.