Five students escape from the burning of the Shaolin Temple by the Qing soldiers. They train hard in each of their own fighting styles and aim to join forces to take revenge against the Qing. They are known as “The Five Shaolin Masters”.
David Chiang, Ti Lung, Fu Sheng, Chi Kuan Chun, Meng Fei
Return Of The Dead is a long-awaited sequel to renowned director Li Han-hsiang's first experiment in the horror genre, Enchanted Shadow. However, Return Of The Dead takes a step further from being a sheer representation of classic Chinese literature to being a navigator in the often-neglected dark corners of human nature. The insertion of erotic scenes throughout the film is yet another reminder that indulgence in sensual pleasures is futile and detrimental.
Young swordsman Lung Fei encounters strange omens portending the death of his fiancé. His enquiries with the help of Chief Constable Tieh Hu reveal an astounding story, in this tale of men and women struggling to save their true loves.
Not a love triangle but a love 'rectangle', Rose, Be My Love is a romantic drama set on the eve of World War II that represents the high standards achieved by Shaw Brothers in both aspects of star power and technical polish.
Hsu Hsia, a great kung fu actor himself, both directs and leads a team of four martial arts choreographers for his tale of kung fu pickpockets (including handsome Chien Hsiao-Hou), who dodge the top cop ("Venom" muscleman Lo Meng) but run afoul of a killer club owner (king of Shaw Brothers villains Wang Lung-Wei). There are assignations to assassinations, and many battles which require both light-fingered larceny as well as two-fisted (and feet) fighting. The result is a fondly remembered and exceptional genre favorite.
It's back to the Shaolin Monastery for one of the most unusual action-packed tales to invade its hallowed halls. Lo Lieh is the ringleader of the Snake Sect, intent on reviving a particularly deadly faction known as the "Five Poison Web" (which is also THE WEB OF DEATH's Chinese title). To achieve his ends, he has an affair with the sexy ringleader of the Scorpion Sect, Angela Yu Chien. But there is also the Centipede Sect to contend with, as well as other assorted martial artists, among them such top Shaw Brothers talents as Yueh Hua, Ching Li, and Lily Li. Under the fluid direction of Chu Yuan and action choreographers Tang Chia and Yuen Cheung-yan (member of the martial arts world's esteemed Yuen Family and brother of Matrix master Yuen Woo-ping), THE WEB OF DEATH goes places where no other Shaolin kung-fu movie has gone before or since.
In one of the indomitable Ivy Ling Po's (Vermillion Door) first appearances in her trademark male roles, we are treated to a tale of love, fantasy and music! It took two directors, three assistant directors, and four cinematographers to capture this incredible epic about life in the Heavenly Palace. The Jade Emperor's seventh daughter (Fang Ying) is so naughty that she is banished from heaven and sent to live among humans. There, she meets and becomes enchanted by the young village lad Dong Yong (Ling Po) and asks the God of the Earth and her other fairy sisters to lend a hand. But her meddling among humans can only go so far before the will of heaven is disturbed. How long is it before she gets caught?
Knowing Guo Jing has won Huang Rong’s hand in marriage using the kung fu learned from Jiao Jin manual, Ouyang Feng captures Huang and agrees to release her only if Guo can dictate the content of the manual. Will Guo give in to the threat?
Japanese writer/director Inoue Umetsugu (Hong Kong Nocturne, Hong Kong Rhapsody) really sinks his teeth into this death-filled, haunted house mystery. Three girls receive a letter informing them that a Chinese millionaire in Japan wants to leave them a huge part of his huge fortune. The man claims to be the girls' father. The girls have to go to Japan to claim their prizes. When they arrive in Japan, the girls are joined by three men, also expecting a cut each. Just then, things take an evil turn as the group begin to fight, bribe and backstab each other (literally) as the money draws tantalizingly near. Whatever the stakes, the end is near and it's a shocker!
Margaret Hsing Hui, Chin Feng, Wang Ping, Kuo Man-no
This is one of writer/director Shen Chiang's last films, but it's an incredible action-packed adventure of a female Lone Ranger, decades before Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon made feminist-empowerment kung-fu films an international phenomenon. The wonderful Shih Szu is the title character, with Shaw Brothers' first international star, Lo Lieh, joining her as an adoring associate. Together they track down the dirty deeds and duplicity of a raping and robbing masked bandit, before, literally, riding off toward their next adventure!
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!
When the head of a manor loses his kung fu skills, he enlists his nephew and his fiancé to help escort gold to the capital. The duo run into a mysterious knight along the way and they join hands to prevent bandits from stealing the gold.
Li Ching, Ti Lung, David Chiang, Ching Miao, Ku Feng, Chen Hsing
Liu Yung plays a young man at the wrong place at the wrong time. Simply because he displeased a police inspector, he’s thrown into jail. But even when he’s released, the police persecute him until he has no choice but to become a real criminal. Only a kind and beautiful probation officer, played by Fanny, is on his side, but she is not enough to help him…