In Pale Passion, Chin Ping-hsing's only directed film, the gorgeous Chiang Li-ping plays a scorned wife Ah Hsia in an unsettling tale about cheating, adultery and blatant abuse, which develops into a deadly love triangle. The vivacious Elaine Chin Yen-ling plays the other woman Ah Hsing, who teaches the hypocritical husband Ah Fa (Ai Ti) that what goes around comes around! Unknown to him, karma returns in a much more damaging way...
How far would you go for love? Or lust? These are the questions posed in this sinfully entertaining Sung Dynasty period effort. Split into two tales, the first one involves a devilish magistrate who tries to tempt a Buddhist monk out of his self-professed celibate control by hiring a pretty prostitute. The second story is the tragic tale of an exploited young girl, the queen of femme fatale Shaw Yin-yin, who is forced to work in an unscrupulous couple's brothel.
Legendary director Chang Cheh was in a transitional period. The men he had made stars (Jimmy Wang Yu, Ti Lung, and David Chiang among them), had moved on to their own projects. Soon his new star, international idol Alexander Fu Sheng, would also look for other productions. So Chang used this opportunity to test the star power of some new talent, namely a Taiwanese Opera artist (Kuo Chue) and a powerful Chinese muscleman (Lo Meng) — who were soon to become the foundation for his internationally popular "Venom" series. Teaming the trio with the top supporting actors (Ku Feng and Wang Lung-wei) and the prettiest starlets (Lin Chen-chi, Shirley Yu, and Hui Ying-hung), he told an entertaining and exciting tale of a kung-fu blacksmith taking on four famous robbers while a villainous gambling boss plots to destroy them. The resulting thriller was another winner for the vaunted filmmaker.
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.
Wang Yu plays Kwei Wu, who stumbles onto a kidnapping with his wife Kan Lien-chu (Chin Ping) at the Red Lotus Temple. Kan sends Kwei to go for reinforcements while she stays to fight the kidnappers, but she is captured and imprisoned in an iron cage. As Kwei returns with reinforcements, he must also race to the temple to save his wife.
The Lady Hermit is hiding for years, plotting revenge after she has been defeated by the sinister Black Knight. Shaolin Handlock is a lethal go-getter who begs Lady Hermit to teach her, hoping to slay the demon herself. The Black Knight's days are numbered as the Lady Hermit and her protege perfect the technique to take him down.
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."
When reputable fight choreographer Liu Chia-liang debuted as a director with THE SPIRITUAL BOXER, it not only established him as a superb director, but it also encouraged other martial arts instructors to turn to directing. Plus, it was the first film to introduce comedy into kung-fu so it made sense for Liu to return to that foundation with the same bumbling idiot Wang Yu still not quite getting it when it comes to the affair of ghost control in THE SHADOW BOXING. Liu also brings in both of his brothers Liu Chia-yung and Gordon Liu Chia-hui, which guaranteed that the fights would be an extra notch above magnificent further ensuring that the audience had never seen anything like it before. THE SHADOW BOXING was twice as successful as THE SPIRITUAL BOXER.
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.
The Qing court plots to kill all the disciples by burning down Shaolin Temple. This sudden fire killed almost everyone in the temple except five Shaolin disciples. To take revenge on the Qing’s, the five of them train hard in different fighting styles to become “The Five Shaolin Masters”.
David Chiang, Ti Lung, Fu Sheng, Chi Kuan Chun, Meng Fei
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
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.
When the husband of a doctor, Tung is fatally wounded in an accident, he reveals to her about his affair with Blackie, who is impregnated with his baby. Despite the devastation of the betrayal and the eventual death of her husband, Tung is pressured by her mother-in-law into putting up with Blackie and offer $1M for her baby...
Anita Yuen, Cheung Chi-lam, Deanie Yip, Ho Chiu-yee
The Sword Master passes on his sword to his disciple Lin before he dies. Another disciple Fang also eyes the sword and plots to take it away from Lin, destroying his family and blinding him in the process. Lin finally battles Fang for revenge and vows to reclaim his sword.