This is widely regarded as one of the most controversial and erotic films in Hong Kong cinema. Chu Yuan helmed this 1972 cult classic featuring Lily Ho in her most audacious role as a beautiful and mysterious courtesan caught in a web of sex and murder with her powerful and ruthless madam (Pei Ti). The film's unprecedented genre crossover of lesbian-themed period thriller with eye-popping martial arts is a real screen gem for generations of movie aficionados.
Director Chu Yuan reunited with novelist Ku Lung and superstar Ti Lung in this exciting sequel to Clans of Intrigue. Ti returns to our favourite costume drama role and plays the hero, sexy swordsman Chu Liu-hsiang, whose exploits on the battlefield are rivaled by those in the boudoir. This time he travels to the mysterious Island of the Bats, where he encounters treacherous monks, beautiful women, and a strange Prince of the Bats. Filled with non-stop action and erotic romances, the film is definitely an exhilarating feast for the eyes.
A man who loves books and his sword-loving sister find themselves battling a trio of villains before they can bring peace to their family. One of the villain is a silk-masked beauty who must kill or wed the first man to see her unmasked.
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.
Love triangles or quadrangles rule, as a group of young people get entangled in a web of love and emotions. Director Doe Chin, renowned for his dramas and musicals, knows just how to tug at the heartstrings.
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
Nicknamed the "Baby Queen", Li Ching plays a 17-year old schoolgirl who marries her 35-year-old teacher. Comedy ensues when Li decides to go to the same school with her husband while attempting to keep their relationship a secret. When both of them discover there are unwanted suitors after their other halves, jealousy would threaten to expose their marriage at any minute.
The ship of pirate Chang Pao-Chai (Ti Lung) springs a leak after an otherwise successful raid on a foreign ship. He goes ashore to get materials to patch his ship up, where he encounters corrupt Qing officials and poor, oppressed peasants. Being a good man at heart, he decides to help out and becomes an even bigger outlaw in the process.
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.
Martial arts film standout Leung Kar Yan brings the same animalistic intensity from his early heroic bloodshed films to Danger Has Two Faces. The tough, ex-cop character is now relegated to become a pet store owner. The stern Police Superintendent Liu is played by Chu Chiang, while newcomer Fei Hsiang must take risks to find out which cop is "paid for" by the mob.
Liang Chia-jen, Chu Chiang, Ku Chia-lu, Fei Hsiang
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.
This is based on the real-life story of Master Yu Jim Yuen who strives to run his academy in the 1960s, even as the opera culture is declining. Three young men, Sammo Hung, Jackie Chan and Yuen Biao, are determined to train under Master Yu and undergo extremely tough training before they become three of Hong Kong’s biggest stars
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