Director:

(as Chu Yuan)

Writers:

(story), (screenplay) (as I Kuang)
Reviews
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Action | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Once again we follow the ultimate playboy sword master, Chu Liu Hsiang, and his faithful friend, Yi Tien Hung, on another amazing adventure in Southeastern China. This time, our heroes make... See full summary »

Director: Yuen Chor
Stars: Lung Ti, Yun Ling, Tony Liu
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

The Yang family was the loyal strong-arm of the Imperial army. But a jealous General betrays the Eilte Spearman and their father to the opposing Mongol army. After an ambush of a battle, ... See full summary »

Director: Chia-Liang Liu
Stars: Chia-Hui Liu, Sheng Fu, Lily Li
Death Duel (1977)
Drama | Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

The Third Master (Erh Tung Sheng, aka Derek Yee, in the role that launched his career) is considered to be the greatest sword master of the day. His displays of skill and strength bring ... See full summary »

Director: Yuen Chor
Stars: Tung-Shing Yee, On-On Yu, Ping Chen
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

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 »

Director: Yuen Chor
Stars: Lung Ti, Li Ching, Tung-Shing Yee
Du bei dao (1967)
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

An evil gang attacks the Chi school of Golden Sword Kung Fu. One student sacrifices his life to save his teacher and his school, his dying wish is that his son be taken in as a student. ... See full summary »

Director: Cheh Chang
Stars: Yu Wang, Chiao Chiao, Chung-Hsin Huang
Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

After defeating The Long-Armed Devil and his armies, our nubbed hero has been living in retirement as a farmer, but circumstances causes him to come out of retirement and take on The Eight ... See full summary »

Director: Cheh Chang
Stars: Yu Wang, Chiao Chiao, Chia Essie Lin
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Don't miss this one it is excellent. Chinese sword masters pair up to fight off yet another villain for the deadly PeacockDart. The ending is eye popping don't miss this one. Shaw Brothers come thru yet again

Director: Yuen Chor
Stars: Lung Ti, Lieh Lo, Li Ching
Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

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 »

Director: Chia-Liang Liu
Stars: Chia-Hui Liu, Yuka Mizuno, Yasuaki Kurata
Xin du bi dao (1971)
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Lei Li lost his right-arm in a sword duel with the master of a martial arts school, long ago. Now, he is able to defend himself well with just his left arm, and kung fu techniques. That he ... See full summary »

Director: Cheh Chang
Stars: David Chiang, Ching Lee, Lung Ti
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A young Kung Fu student (Shih Szu) seeks a reclusive teacher so that she may learn to defeat the evil Black Demon. She doesn't realize that the servant woman she befriends (Cheng Pei-Pei) ... See full summary »

Director: Meng Hua Ho
Stars: Pei-Pei Cheng, Lieh Lo, Szu Shih
Drama | Fantasy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Mio's death leaves husband Takumi and 6 year old son Yuji fending for themselves. Taku occasionally suffers fainting spells, is disorganized, and fears that his health hindered Mio's ... See full summary »

Director: Nobuhiro Doi
Stars: Yûko Takeuchi, Shidô Nakamura, Akashi Takei
Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Two Hong-Kong cops are sent to Tokyo to catch an ex-cop who stole a large amount of money in diamonds. After one is captured by the Ninja-gang protecting the rogue cop, the other one gets ... See full summary »

Director: Sammo Kam-Bo Hung
Stars: Sammo Kam-Bo Hung, Charlie Chin, Stanley Sui-Fan Fung
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Fei Ai
Kwok Kuen Chan
Shen Chan ...
Inn Gusty owner
Szu-Chia Chen ...
Su Yung-yung
Han Chiang
Miao Ching
Norman Chu ...
Sung Kang
Li Chuang ...
Sung Kan-erh
Ping Ha ...
Su Xian Xian
Hsia Hsu
Pei Chi Huang
Feng Ku ...
Master Leng Chiu-yun
Kuan-Chung Ku ...
Iron Palm
Wen Chung Ku ...
Abbot Tien Feng
Edit

Storyline

Add Full Plot | Add Synopsis

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

3 May 1977 (Hong Kong)  »

Also Known As:

Clans of Intrigue  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(dvd)

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Followed by Bian fu chuan qi (1978) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

CLANS OF INTRIGUE - Ti Lung as swordsman framed for murder
13 January 2003 | by (Bronx, NY) – See all my reviews

CLANS OF INTRIGUE (1977) is another in the series of Shaw Bros. swordplay adventures directed by Chor Yuen (aka Chu Yuan) and adapted by studio scribe I Kuang from novels by prolific author Ku Lung, which present an elaborate alternate universe "martial arts world" recreated with great care on lavish Shaw Bros. sets. Other collaborations of the three include KILLER CLANS (1976) and THE MAGIC BLADE (1976), both also reviewed on this site. CLANS OF INTRIGUE is less action-packed than the earlier films and plays more as a detective drama, with the emphasis on a large-scale investigation as a swordsman framed for murder tries to find out who has killed three clan chiefs and why.

Ti Lung stars as "Thief Master" Chu Liu-hsiang, a high-living swordsman who travels around on his own private boat attended by three beautiful female "students" referred to somewhat indelicately in the new English subtitles as "the babes." When Chu is accused of murder by a female fighter (Nora Miao) from the Palace of Magic Water, he has to find out who has killed three clan leaders and sent out letters accusing him of the deeds. The investigation takes him to a number of different towns and puts him in conflict with several other factions. A mysterious killer in red stalks him, killing off those who give him information. An enigmatic woman in purple known by three painted portraits of her also figures in the investigation, as does a flashback telling us the fate of a Japanese ninja who'd come to China and his two children. A desert clan leader's daughter, clad all in black, first opposes Chu and then assists him.

The plot gets very complicated, but moves quickly and efficiently, keeping close track of its large cast of fascinating characters, all played by worthy Shaw Bros. players including Yueh Hua (COME DRINK WITH ME), Ku Feng (THE HEROIC ONES), Ling Yun (SWIFT SWORD), Tien Ching (BOXER FROM SHANTUNG), and several attractive actresses including Nora Miao (FIST OF FURY), Nancy Yen (7 GRANDMASTERS), Li Ching (KING EAGLE) and the stunning Betty Pei Ti (INTIMATE CONFESSIONS OF A Chinese COURTESAN) as the manipulative, icily beautiful Princess Yin-Chi, who recalls similar femme fatale characters played by Chan Ping in KILLER CLANS and Tien Ni in THE MAGIC BLADE.

The energetic Ti Lung plays a hero more charming and good-humored than the deadly lone swordsman he played in the more serious MAGIC BLADE. His character here is somewhat reminiscent of Hollywood secret agent Derek Flint, played by James Coburn in OUR MAN FLINT (1966), who was equally a master of weapons, a shrewd undercover investigator and served by three beautiful "babes" who also got captured by the villains at one point.

There are fewer swordfights and more talk than usual for this kind of film, which is fine with me, given the intricate nature of the plot, a sprawling puzzle in which important pieces are added with every scene. The fights are briefer than the spectacular setpieces in THE MAGIC BLADE, although Ti Lung and Yueh Hua have a notable climactic kung fu bout. It's a magnificent-looking production, staged on massive, well-lit Shaw Bros. interior sets, with a great cast dressed in beautiful costumes and expertly photographed, all in the service of a clever, entertaining storyline.

CLANS OF INTRIGUE should not be confused with SON OF WU TANG (aka CLUTCH OF POWER, 1977), whose alternate title is sometimes erroneously listed as CLANS OF INTRIGUE.

ADDENDUM (10/1/14): When I submitted this review back in 2003, the title on the page was indeed CLANS OF INTRIGUE. LEGEND OF THE BAT is a different Shaw Bros. film by the same crew from the same year. Why they changed the title on this page to "Legend of the Bat" is a mystery.


13 of 14 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?