This iconoclastic film retells the legend of seven Chinese patriots, who sacrificed their lives to defend against 20,000 Japanese soldiers and 50 tanks for 5 days, at a strategic key point of the Great Wall known as Pa Tou Lou Tzu.
David Chiang, Ti Lung, Chen Kuan-tai, Alexander Fu Sheng
Linda Lin Dai plays both mother and son in this lavish fable about a goddess who falls in love with a mortal scholar (Cheng Pei-pei in her debut role). Over two years in production, it was released on the first anniversary of Linda's tragic suicide.
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.
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 an epic tale set during the time of the Sino-Japanese war. A painter Yu saves a young girl, Lotus, who is being sold to a brothel. They fall in love, get married and settled in to a peaceful life. However, their life is soon shattered by the Japanese invasion and the brutal regime that follows.
Rampaging bandits are raping and pillaging the peaceful Chinese villages until grieving dart master Liu Wen Lung sets out with his student, his son and servant to avenge his murdered wife and set things right. Renowned director Ho Meng-hua - soon to be internationally famous for The Flying Guillotine -- masterfully balances action with intrigue and romance, as the path of righteousness is littered with lies … and corpses.
Double Bliss tells the story of two students who fall in love and want to wed, but there is one small snag: their parents don't agree! The two ingenious lovebirds come up with what they think is a foolproof plan...They play dead!
Liang Hsing Po, Ching Li, Chin Feng, Kao Pao Shu, Wei Ping Ou
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.
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.
A map indicating the location of the Chan’s family heirloom is hidden in three Golden Buddha statues. Paul, an insurance agent, finds one statue by chance and Chan’s daughter has another one. This makes them targets of treasure-hunting criminals and they have to team up to defeat them before unveiling the hidden secrets.
Jeanette Lin Tsui, Lo Wei, Fanny Fan, Paul Chang Chung
A young fisherman (Kang Wai) is in love with his childhood friend (Elsie Tu Dih). However, the only son (Chang Pei Shan) of a town bully (Lo Wei) lusts after Tu’s beauty, and he tries all possible ways to approach her. Chang tries to bully a widow (Li Li Hua) one day, and Kang protects her from Chang. However, the just action of Chang leads to a misunderstanding. Tu suspends that Chang has an affair with Li…
Kang Wai, Elsie Tu Dih, Lo Wei, Chang Pei Shan, Li Li Hua
A young swordman, King Eagle, unwillingly gets involved in the internal affairs of a powerful clan and becomes their target. He is saved by the female chief of the clan, Lin, and falls in love with her. However, Lin’s sister is part of all evil plots and betrays her. Even so, Lin begs King Eagle not to harm her sister.
Li asks his swordmate Wang to protect his family while he is away, but Wang rapes his wife and even has his convoy attacked. Li escaped but fears his daughter is still in danger, so he asks the nephew of his master to help protect her…
Chin Ping, Chung Hua, Huang Chung Hsin, Wang Hsieh
Chik, one of the assassins of the Iron Boat Clan, decides to leave the clan when a kind family saved him. When pursued by the clan, a swordsman whose wife was killed by him saved his life. They decide to jointly take revenge on the clan.