Three young martial arts students and their teacher are beaten up badly by a wandering man who proclaims himself ''a corrector of bad kung-fu.'' Determined to avenge their teacher and ... See full summary »
A Chinese man (Liu) marries a Japanese woman through an arranged marriage and manages to insult all of her Japanese martial arts family by issuing a challenge to her that is misinterpreted ... See full summary »
When director Chang Chen found new talent and blood with "The Five Venoms" actors, most of which were trained in the highly acrobatic Chinese opera and well versed with exotic martial arts ... See full summary »
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A disgraced former Kung Fu expert makes a living as a merchant with the help of a hot headed friend. When the men are harassed by gangsters, the merchant decided to teach his friend monkey boxing so they can defend their business.
Two clans compete for dominance over the martial arts world in this classic of violent swordplay and political intrigue. A complex tale of deception and double crosses. Killer Clans leaves ... See full summary »
A rich young man seeks to make a name for himself by being the one to discover a lost treasure. He teams up with a streetwise kung-fu artist and together, they set out to not only find the ... See full summary »
Gordon Liu Chia-hui reprises his famous Monk San Te role as he tries to support and protect Shaolin her Fang Shih-yu who purposely attacks corrupt Ching officials. Fights by legendary action director Liu Chia-liang are to die for.
The Sentimental Swordsman epitomizes the lone, virtuous, heroic swordsman with a twist. The Oedipus complexed swordsman played by the popular Ti Lung, is a hero with weaknesses; he drinks, ... See full summary »
The indomitable martial arts team of director Chang Cheh and stunt choreographer Liu Chia-liang continues the compelling saga of Golden Swallow from King Hu's Come Drink with Me in this ... See full summary »
Chu Yuan was one of the most consistently brilliant of the Shaw Brothers directors, and, along with directors like Chang Cheh, helped set the Gold Standard for martial arts movie makers. DUEL FOR GOLD is a prime example of Yuan's cinematic storytelling, with interesting (if mostly underhanded, backstabbing) characters, a twisting (and twisted) storyline, and plenty of action interspersed throughout. The movie starts with an interesting point of view shot of an ongoing battle to the death between four people- interesting because the foliage in the foreground is in focus, while the combatants in the background are not. Then begins the narration that will eventually lead us back here. We see a pair of sisters performing some amazing acrobatics: balancing on the tip of an extended sword, balancing upside down on swords held tip to tip. It's a nail-biting scene: one little girl literally wets herself watching it all. One of the two sisters gets injured and the two hurry off to find aid. Meanwhile, Wen (Chan Chun), head of the Fu Lai money bureau (a bank), has his hands full with wannabe thieves- including "The Invisible Loner," Teng (Lo Lieh). Everybody wants the gold and silver the bank houses (naturally). There are some interesting twists and turns throughout as the ultimate betrayal(s) pan out. Lo Lieh is in top form, fighting-wise: he attacks quickly and viciously and doesn't let up. Two interesting tidbits: during the Big Finale, there's a scene where the character Shen amputates the arm of his attacker, Hua, and continues to fight with the amputated limb dangling from the sword that has skewered him. Another moment comes when two stuntmen dive fighting through a window: the camera whip-pans along a low-lying wall as the two principals pop up at the far end of the wall engaged in battle; it's a neat little trick and is an indication of the inventiveness of the director and his fight choreographers.
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