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Shaw Bros Sat: ‘Killers Five’ is not perfect, but does the small things right

29 December 2012 12:20 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »


Killers Five (also known as Killers 5)

Directed by Ching Gong

Written by Sung Hoi-Leng

Ching Gong

Hong Kong, 1969

The easiest thing to highlight when reviewing these Shaw Brothers films is the action. Then might come the recognizable names of the actors who typically play their parts with the requisite gusto. Costumes, weapons and set design arrive in third and then story. Story is the one element of these pictures which is not always the easiest to remember. The rules and logic of the world the characters inhabit are often played fast and loose, with the emphasis being on how to get characters from point a to Z in the zaniest and most amusing way possible. Sometimes one really has to have watched a solid amount of Shaw Brothers in order to decipher the films for which the screenwriters just might have dabbled with some fresh, interesting twists on the plots and characterizations. »

- Edgar Chaput

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Shaw Brothers Saturdays: ‘Dead End’ is anything but. A compelling, rich drama about wild youth.

21 July 2012 9:44 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Dead End

Directed by Chang Cheh

Written by Chiu Kang Chien

Hong Kong, 1969

The name Chang Cheh should be recognizable to any self ascribed Shaw Brothers fan. The man was a true legend within the studio system, directing movies at such a rapid rate that even Woody Allen would blush. With a whopping total of 95 films to his credit as a director, Chang Cheh was a machine, sometimes working on multiple films in quick succession. The are upsides and downsides to such a career. The obvious criticism is that not all of his movies were good. Some were rather petty in fact. That being said, such workmanship definitely helped him become a remarkably creative individual with a voice capable of sharing eclectic stories. Rarely was this more evident than in his 1969 effort, Dead End, which, despite its title suggesting a horror story, is actually a quaint yet emotionally gripping drama about young adult aimlessness. »

- Edgar Chaput

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