Lily Ho is perfectly cast as a gun-for-hire who always gets her man - in more ways than one! The cast and crew shot on location in Japanese scenic spots such as Mount Fuji; and there are plenty of over-the-top thrills, as Lily even masquerades as a nun.
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.
Whenever director Chang Cheh teamed up with Five Venoms, film plots were probably decided by flipping a coin - which of the fab five will play the good or bad guys, who lives or dies and which ones will do the fight. The Daredevils was just another example of Shaw Brothers’ sure fire formula to success: Venoms + Chang Cheh = maniacal frenzy x infinity. Of note, the only venom to make it in Hollywood was Kuo Chue, who choreographed the French film Brotherhood Of The Wolf and Michelle Yeoh's The Touch.
This is an extremely rare example of science fiction, Hong Kong style. But fittingly, it's unlike any sci-fi flick you've ever seen. Alien abductions, suicide pacts, superstardom, and the reality of science fiction itself is highlighted in this bright, crazy, and truly out-of-this-world epic--one of the more unusual movies in the Hong Kong cinema of the early 1980s.
How To Marry A Millionaire is produced in Hong Kong and Japanese style, thanks to the stylish flair of Shaw Brothers' top Japanese director. In We Love Millionaires, three beautiful Hong Kong salesgirls journey north to masquerade as high society debutantes and make their dreams of a gold-plated walk down the aisle come true. Politically incorrect but fun complications ensue as they don their very 1970 micro-minis to pursue beaus who might (or might not) have bulging bank accounts.
Lily Ho, Ling Yun, Irene Chen I-ling, Lin Chih-yung
Young Lin Hsiao-hung (Shih Szu) is a poor orphan. She seeks the help of her wealthy uncle, Fang Chen-chuan (Ching Miao) and his sons, Fang Cheng (Yueh Hua) who is brave and honest, and Fang Feng (Chen Hung-lieh), a playboy. Strangely, Fang Chen-chuan favors only Fang Feng. When Fang Feng refuses to pay a gambling debt, his father pays up. Later, Fang Feng is prevented from molesting a girl by Fang Cheng who explains she is their cousin, Lin Hsiao-hung. But soon the same thing happens again and Fang Cheng intervenes once more, causing enmity between the brothers. Fang Feng seriously wounds the Magistrate's son, Li Teng-yao in a fight but Fang Chen-chuan exerts his authority to protect his son from the law. Fang Cheng is banished from the house after a fierce argument with his father over Fang Feng's uncontrolled behavior. To avenge himself, Li Teng-yao ambushes and wounds Fang Feng, and while she dresses his wounds, he rapes Lin Hsiao-hung. Fang Chen-chuan is furious to discover that Lin Hsiao-hung is pregnant, and refuses to believe her true explanation. A servant, Ta Shan Ken intervenes, taking the blame for her condition, and Fang Chen-chuan drives them both from the house. Fang Feng discovers their whereabouts, and beats Ta Shan Ken to death. This forces him to become an outlaw. His acts of robbery and subsequent murder of Li Teng-yao, make him a hunted criminal. Fang Cheng, now a lawman, is sent to capture Fang Feng. The brothers and Lin meet in a final confrontation. Though wounded by her, Fang Feng kills Lin before dying himself from her fatal bullet wound.
Perfectly cast as a woman impersonating a man, Ivy Ling Po - who has made a career in Huangmei Opera playing male roles - is the tomboyish daughter of a general who has grown up fooling everyone that she is a boy. Like Yentl forced into disguise, Pei-ngo (Ivy Ling Po) maintains her masculine facade for the freedom she isn't allowed as a girl. Her act is so good, she has fooled her two closest schoolmates for years. However, her mother believes she has reached an age to contemplate marriage. Which one of her schoolmates will she accept? And how will Pei-ngo break the news to them that she is a girl? Complicating things further, another girl wants to marry the cross-dressed Pei-ngo. It's another historical period triumph with terrific Huangmei Opera music to charm and delight.
Starring the stunning, teenage heartthrob Pat Ting Hung, The Butterfly Chalice marks the important directing debut of the kung-fu film genre's most principle figure Chang Cheh, as he burst the martial arts and swordplay movie doors wide open, announcing the beginning of the end for the Cantonese musicals.
A benevolent and kind Emperor, Chien Lung (Anthony Lau) sometimes goes incognito to mix with the common folk to understand the wants and needs of his followers. To achieve that goal, Chien Lung turns to gambling and meets high-kicking Li Pao (Wai Ying-hung), who tears her way through casino goons like a true kung-fu princess! The Emperor gets arrested and is nearly beheaded… but there is the fact that he is the Emperor!
A heroine finds herself in a love triangle with a swordsman and a warrior. They team up to conquer the evil forces of the martial arts world. However, a duel to the death is planned, leaving her caught between both men whom she admires.
A sweet inn-keeper’s daughter is witness to a perverted rape, leading to more danger than most romantic dramas can handle. Can her true love rescue her in time? For this movie, the moonlight serenade is the sound of suspense, leading to more danger than most romantic dramas can handle.
Lute demon Chin Mo has reappeared in the world to wreak havoc. Hsiao Feng Ling is ordered to help find a special bow and arrows that can counter the demon. Only Chiao Yin knows the whereabouts of the weapon. Hsiao and her classmate Old Naughty set out on an arduous journey to find Chiao. After overcoming many obstacles, they catch Chin Mo's man trying to snatch the bow and manage to stop him in time....
This is a sequel to “Casino Tycoon”. 20 years after Benny Ho established his casino empire in Macau, his former partner becomes envious and plot to bring him down. At the same time, a young man working for Benny is the son of his ex-lover, and is also out to take revenge on him. Ho however, is not about to take things laying down…
Andy Lau, Michelle Lee, Chingmy Yau, Alex Man, Liu Shao Ming
The seminal Huangmei Opera adaptation from Shaw, The Crimson Palm features the unforgettable film song “Country Road” by Ivy Ling Po. The story evolves around Lin Shao-teh, a poor student who was engaged to Chien-king (Chin Ping), the daughter of billionaire Wang Chun (Yu Kuan-chao). To support her lover for the exam, Chien-king offered gold as Lin’s traveling expenses and asked to meet him at midnight. When Lin arrived as scheduled, all he could find was the bloody corpse of Chien-king’s maid (Li Ching)!