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.
Chu Twin becomes crazy after his son’s arms were chopped off. For no reason, he harms four people causing them various disabilities. The four disabled form a band to learn Kung Fu from a master, in order to take revenge on Chu Twin.
Chan Kuan Tai, Lu Feng, Kuo Chue, Sun Jian, Lo Mang, Jiang Sheng, Ching Miao
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.
This film marks the Shaw Brothers' quintessential "Huangmei Opera" costume drama, as well as the directorial debut of Kao Li, a veteran screenwriter who won in the 1958 Asian Film Festival for his script Diau Charn. Co-written by future action auteur Chang Cheh, the story evolves around two imperial concubines vying for the emperor's favor in the Song Dynasty. Magnificent performances from Ivy Ling Po and Chin Feng, and a must-see for all Huangmei Opera fans.
Ambitious Prince Four (Liu Yung) attempts to kill the potential heir Prince Fourteen (Mok Siu-chung), but the latter is rescued by his aide Tseng Tsing (Hsu Shao-chiang). After an unsuccessful attempt to buy Tseng Tsing, Prince Four tries to murder him, but fails. He eventually hires Nien Keng-yao (Pai Piao), an outstanding martial artist, as his aide.
One of the most respected, long-lived and powerful emperors in Chinese history, Chien Lung, travels to one of the most scholarly cities in China incognito, and there he indulges his interest in gambling and a certain courtesan.
There is an old grudge between families among the Ching and Ming supporters in Kwang Tung. Tsai (Ku Feng) is concealed by pawnbroker Li Jen-chao (Ti Lung), a "Yun Chun" boxer, whose anti-Ching society Tsai later joins. Tsai narrowly escapes being caught in a brothel by Liang (Wang Lung-wei) and the Ching troops. He manages with the help of fellow revolutionaries to kill Liang and the other pursuers. Some years later, Liang's son Hsiao-hu (Chen Shu-chi) returns to avenge his father's death...
Wang Li, Lung Tien-chang, Chin Siu-ho, Ti Lung, Fu Sheng
The “Venoms” are back in action again! After creating an international sensation in The Five Venoms, Taiwanese Opera artists Kuo Chue, Chiang Sheng and Lu Feng reteamed with Chinese muscleman Lo Meng and superkicker Sun Chien for this politically charged thriller. Set in the early Republican years, some skilled refugees run afoul of a powerful traitor, and from then on it’s one amazing battle after another.
Betty Loh Ti displays an ethereal loveliness that earns her the nickname "Classical Beauty" in this classic tale that combines a very contemporary comic sense with traditional Mandarin opera tunes. Add on a score by celebrated composer Yao Min and a script by future super director King Hu (a.k.a. Hu King-chuan) and you have a perfect showcase for subtle humor and legendary beauty - one of the Hong Kong's most legendary screen personalities. Betty is a perky maid who helps manage the love life of her young mistress (Ting Ning). The task isn't as easy as it sounds, with gender-bender twists such as a young scholar masquerading as a woman (Chiao Chuang), and a bandit's voluptuous sister (Chang Chung-wen) disguised as a man.
The "Godfather" of kung fu films, Chang Che created The Naval Commandos,a rousing epic of an almost suicidal mission to destroy the Japanese Navy's flagship in 1937. Featuring many great actors he had worked with over the years, they courageously attempt to embrace the remarkable action in this film. The star cast encompasses of Liu Yung, Ti Lung, Fu Sheng, David Chiang and Shih Szu.
Liu Yung, Ti Lung, Fu Sheng, David Chiang, Shih Szu
This is adapted from Louis Cha’s “The Book and the Sword”. A young swordsman is tasked to lead a patriotic secret society to fight the traitorous general who colludes with the enemy. At the same time, he encounters a female warrior and two beautiful princesses, and is caught between all their affections for him.
Huangmei Opera movies like The Pearl Phoenix are unique to 1960s Hong Kong culture, a product of the Swinging Sixties but considerably more in touch with their Chinese roots. This one is completed with a gender-bending tale where the male lead is played by a female posing as a man, plus movie queen Li Ching and the singing voices of Ivy Ling Po and Jing Ting. Sit back and enjoy!