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What is the most recent Shaw Brother's film you've seen?

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On 10/7/2019 at 3:33 PM, Chu Liu Hsiang said:

 HOUSE OF TRAPS, . I did not like HOT much when I first saw it, probably out of disappointment about the eponymic house of traps.

I did dislike it much for same reason when saw it 1st time..traps are lame compared to ones in "masked avengers" but eventually maybe not so much different..tone in Masked was set so high, on 3rd view or so started to like House..all in cast did great tho action was short at most of time. But why some members had to wear rag at heads? Of traps I liked thing to when they were introduced...

If novice chang cheh/venoms film man/woman certainly would not put into priority list but not forget it completely..

 

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The champion aka Karate King Aka Shanghai Lil and Sunluck Kid....When his stepbrother Lu Fu took blame for a crime and went to prison for a few years, Lu Pao took control of small town and it`s coal mine. After being released and as goodbye kicks prison  wall down, there is not much warm feelings between brothers. But not making storyline too obvious, around are group of japanese who also have interest towards mine...

No wonder those who have seen this before think highly about it, flick is brilliant basher. Plenty of action and story goes forwads nicely without any dragging and zero comedy. And shih szu has few chances to do action which she handles well...

Think will watch this again in few weeks and many more times in future. Thx black hill and koch making Br available. Highly recommended.

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14 minutes ago, Tex Killer said:

The champion aka Karate King Aka Shanghai Lil and Sunluck Kid....When his stepbrother Lu Fu took blame for a crime and went to prison for a few years, Lu Pao took control of small town and it`s coal mine. After being released and as goodbye kicks prison  wall down, there is not much warm feelings between brothers. But not making storyline too obvious, around are group of japanese who also have interest towards mine...

No wonder those who have seen this before think highly about it, flick is brilliant basher. Plenty of action and story goes forwads nicely without any dragging and zero comedy. And shih szu has few chances to do action which she handles well...

Think will watch this again in few weeks and many more times in future. Thx black hill and koch making Br available. Highly recommended.

Mine is on the way. Your comment makes be more impatient to find it in the mail box !!!

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David chiang, lee yi min, ti lung, chen kuan tai, fu sheng, chi kuan chun and pai ying(about unknown actor for me, looking at his filmography have seen about half dozen or so) are seven man army defending fortress against japanese. Thats about plot, really. There is nothing more.

Good;flashbacks are excellent even as some on short side. Have to assume in script for ti lung and pai ying army was long time career as no reason for them joining are told. Best one is chi kuan chun who even gets to do brief moment more acting than his usual one dimensional character when talks with his sister.....

Mongolian mercenary villains wang lung wei, gordon liu and leung kar yan are cool and give fair chance to do battle with swords against our heroes.

Bad; it`s  rare case in CC movie character development fails for such a profilic leads(well at least most of them are that) and that is unfortunate because also their heroic deaths do not really give any feelings. Nobody is given bigger role than another which maybe was mistake.

Rest: End fight is most ludicrous, over the top done action scene I have ever stared. Rambo, Braddock, Cobra etc carnage you may have seen can`t beat this. It`s also very enjoyable.

7 men with rifles and some other light military stuff slay like thousands japanese who have cannos, planes, tanks...war lasts sth like 30-40 minutes.

It`s nowhere among best CC flicks and not want to compare it actually to others. Sure give it rewatch tho it may take year or more...

was first view...

 

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my rebellious son. Ku Feng is bone-setter and herbalist Chang Tak Tai and also head of "protect the buddha" group, and as movie title suggest has troublesome son, Chang Siu Tai. In town there are foreigners who want valuable goddess statue protected by Chang and some chinese bossed by Chairman are helping them..Eventually they succees because Siu Tai has his own ideas about leadership of group and in showdown it`s Siu Tai vs wang lung wei&his fencing friend and japanese(chan wai man) hired by Chairman.

It`s not exactly superb movie and while I`m not much fan of comedic kung fu films time was well spent here. I saw MRS 1st time ~6 years ago and have feeling liked it less back then. Fu Sheng does ok in comedy(he is not great but certainly not annoying here) and Ku Feng is very good. It`s not action packed film, there are roughly only about half a dozen action scenes. Fu Sheng vs western fighter in boxing ring I liked it a lot but best stuff is in the end Fu vs enemies mentioned above.

Some more fighting would have been nice but it was enjoyable viewing.

 

 

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A real Shaws' feast a few days ago as I watched Masked avengers, Songfest and Song of tomorrow on the same day.

I wrote my thoughts in my reviews section.

I had also watched The champion a few days ago, but I need to rewatch it with the subtitles or the English language when i'll get a new blu ray player in order to write a review for it.

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Two Champions of Shaolin (Hong Kong, 1980: Chang Cheh) - One of the lesser films from Chang Cheh and the Venom Mob, which is missing both Philip Kwok (who worked behind the scene as action director) and an interesting story. Lo Meng plays Tong Qianjin, a layman student of Shaolin kung fu who is released from the temple to join the anti-Qing movement. He goes to Guangdong to meet up with Hu Huichien (Chiang Shen, in a role made famous by Chi Kuan-Chun). Hu, best known for studying at Shaolin to avenge his father's murder, has recently completed his task for vengeance, killing the gang members responsible.  Two of the gang members, however, were bigwigs at Wudan. Wudan has also recently allied itself with the Qings, with Feng Daodeng and an absent Pai Mei at the head. Feng sends his top students, Li Bashan (the 6th Venom, Wang Li) and Li Dezong (Yu Tai-Ping, another frequent Venom collaborator), to start systematically killing Shaolin students. They are to be joined by Pai Mei's top student, Gao Jinzhong, in short order.

Meanwhile, Tong Qianjin meets up with Hu Huichien and the two are joined by two closet martial artists, the Jin siblings (Sun Chien and Yeung Ching Ching). The conflict erupts, with bodies piling up on both sides. Wudan student Wei Xinghong (apparently Chin Siu-Ho's first film role) turns out to be a Ming loyalist as well. It ends with a big action sequence that will leave every major character dead, with only a couple of third-string supporting characters living to tell the tale.

First of all, this has three of my favorite kung fu movie death scenes of all time: 1) one guy gets castrated mid-jump kick, 2) Chiang Sheng whacks a guy in the back of a head with a hard whip with so much force that instead of a blood geyser, he has a cerebrospinal fluid geyser, and 3) one character gets slowly folded in half, backwards. 

The action by Philip Kwok, Chiang Sheng and Lu Feng is generally pretty good. Sun Chien looks especially good in his big fight, which is sadly too short and the only real fight that Sun Chien has. Weapons fans will be glad to see more obscure weapons like the three-pronged fork and the hard whip get some screen time aside more common weapons like the saber and pole. The first act has a lot of action involving boomerang-esque daggers. The actual kung fu is pretty good, with Chiang Sheng doing his usual acrobatic shtick and Lo Meng doing his hand-based southern styles. There are no all-time classic Venom fights here, but it's all solid.

My main problem with this film was a big lull during the second half leading up to the big finale. The story wasn't interesting (or original) enough to sustain such a long period without fighting, nor were the production values good enough to distract from the story we've all seen before. Had the action built up better in those last 40-50 minutes, I think I would've enjoyed it more.

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When Chiang Sheng busted that guy in the head and the white sprayed out it looked like milk and I  thought "What the hell?" I didn't even think it was supposed to be spinal fluid instead of blood lol. Sun Chien always got short changed in most of his fight scenes, but always enjoyed his kicking displays, the scene in Two Champions was one of his best along with Invincible Shaolin and Magnificent Ruffians. 

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I sat and watched The Magnificent Swordsman earlier in the week. It wasn't the greatest movie, but it sure felt more like a Japanese wandering samurai style movie than a true Shaw Brothers movie. Still the action was nice, even if the plot was pretty thin.

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Rebel intruders. Watched koch br already some weeks ago but with friends and wanted to see it on own privacy and concentrate better.

War is obviously going on as refugees end up to town controlled by 4 military units, Spear, Iron Fist, Sword and Sword&Shield....Some troops enjoy killing, torturing and robbing refugees. Among those not so fortunate ones are Lo Meng, Chiang Sheng and Kuo Chui but because of their supreme skills they will find work, Chiang sheng in casino, Lo Meng starts to teach Iron Fist crew and Kuo Chui becomes doorman of brothel. Eventually 3 meet at casino and become friends.

One of leaders of military is kinda power hungry and plots to kill colonel and refugees are good to be scapegoats....

It`s very good movie with 2 tiny flaws. Colonel is perhaps killed too soon, after that it becomes almost non-stop action(matter of taste is this actually so bad or not). Another is there is rare case some fights have bit slapstick(by opponents). It was not venom movie thing really and does nothing good. But those moments luckily do not last long...

But positive sides are very strong. There is suspense as besides those who are revealed in plot getting colonel killed they have ally and his ID is kept secret until right moment comes. And it works smoothly. Action is outstanding, highlight is imo wang li vs chiang sheng and kuo chui...~30 mins from beginning are very good in plotwise but then more and more attention are paid to action...

I don`t remember was the dialogue same in IVL but there is kinda funny line when leader of Spear militia ( Lu Feng) says "the refugees could not be a kung fu masters"..How wrong can someone be but he was corrected for good...

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On 11/10/2019 at 9:40 AM, Tex Killer said:

Rebel intruders. Watched koch br already some weeks ago but with friends and wanted to see it on own privacy and concentrate better.

War is obviously going on as refugees end up to town controlled by 4 military units, Spear, Iron Fist, Sword and Sword&Shield....Some troops enjoy killing, torturing and robbing refugees. Among those not so fortunate ones are Lo Meng, Chiang Sheng and Kuo Chui but because of their supreme skills they will find work, Chiang sheng in casino, Lo Meng starts to teach Iron Fist crew and Kuo Chui becomes doorman of brothel. Eventually 3 meet at casino and become friends.

One of leaders of military is kinda power hungry and plots to kill colonel and refugees are good to be scapegoats....

It`s very good movie with 2 tiny flaws. Colonel is perhaps killed too soon, after that it becomes almost non-stop action(matter of taste is this actually so bad or not). Another is there is rare case some fights have bit slapstick(by opponents). It was not venom movie thing really and does nothing good. But those moments luckily do not last long...

But positive sides are very strong. There is suspense as besides those who are revealed in plot getting colonel killed they have ally and his ID is kept secret until right moment comes. And it works smoothly. Action is outstanding, highlight is imo wang li vs chiang sheng and kuo chui...~30 mins from beginning are very good in plotwise but then more and more attention are paid to action...

I don`t remember was the dialogue same in IVL but there is kinda funny line when leader of Spear militia ( Lu Feng) says "the refugees could not be a kung fu masters"..How wrong can someone be but he was corrected for good...

Another good but short fight scene for Sun Chien too, playing a deceiving character with a blade in his boot.

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flight man. Man gets into trouble with japanese military and after escaping from prison flees to another province and starts work at lumber factory. Aided by local authorities japanese won`t give up on chase and find him...

Was my 2nd view, remember not liking it very much years ago and same goes now. Too thin on plot and actors does not have that much charisma. Ivy ling po and shan mao are around but they have been in better roles and in better movies several times.

Well, in first hour there is quite a lot action and some taiwan locations are darn impressive. It`s not bad movie but if want to see Shaw with japanese theme better look elsewhere first. Like another taiwanese Shaw, terrific The Champion not to mention more well known titles...

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On 11/8/2019 at 4:03 PM, DrNgor said:

Two Champions of Shaolin (Hong Kong, 1980: Chang Cheh) - One of the lesser films from Chang Cheh and the Venom Mob, which is missing both Philip Kwok (who worked behind the scene as action director) and an interesting story. Lo Meng plays Tong Qianjin, a layman student of Shaolin kung fu who is released from the temple to join the anti-Qing movement. He goes to Guangdong to meet up with Hu Huichien (Chiang Shen, in a role made famous by Chi Kuan-Chun). Hu, best known for studying at Shaolin to avenge his father's murder, has recently completed his task for vengeance, killing the gang members responsible.  Two of the gang members, however, were bigwigs at Wudan. Wudan has also recently allied itself with the Qings, with Feng Daodeng and an absent Pai Mei at the head. Feng sends his top students, Li Bashan (the 6th Venom, Wang Li) and Li Dezong (Yu Tai-Ping, another frequent Venom collaborator), to start systematically killing Shaolin students. They are to be joined by Pai Mei's top student, Gao Jinzhong, in short order.

Meanwhile, Tong Qianjin meets up with Hu Huichien and the two are joined by two closet martial artists, the Jin siblings (Sun Chien and Yeung Ching Ching). The conflict erupts, with bodies piling up on both sides. Wudan student Wei Xinghong (apparently Chin Siu-Ho's first film role) turns out to be a Ming loyalist as well. It ends with a big action sequence that will leave every major character dead, with only a couple of third-string supporting characters living to tell the tale.

First of all, this has three of my favorite kung fu movie death scenes of all time: 1) one guy gets castrated mid-jump kick, 2) Chiang Sheng whacks a guy in the back of a head with a hard whip with so much force that instead of a blood geyser, he has a cerebrospinal fluid geyser, and 3) one character gets slowly folded in half, backwards. 

The action by Philip Kwok, Chiang Sheng and Lu Feng is generally pretty good. Sun Chien looks especially good in his big fight, which is sadly too short and the only real fight that Sun Chien has. Weapons fans will be glad to see more obscure weapons like the three-pronged fork and the hard whip get some screen time aside more common weapons like the saber and pole. The first act has a lot of action involving boomerang-esque daggers. The actual kung fu is pretty good, with Chiang Sheng doing his usual acrobatic shtick and Lo Meng doing his hand-based southern styles. There are no all-time classic Venom fights here, but it's all solid.

My main problem with this film was a big lull during the second half leading up to the big finale. The story wasn't interesting (or original) enough to sustain such a long period without fighting, nor were the production values good enough to distract from the story we've all seen before. Had the action built up better in those last 40-50 minutes, I think I would've enjoyed it more.

The opening of Two Champions, with people sitting in chairs explaining the plot, is incredibly dull. They should have just done a text crawl ala Star Wars.

 

And your review made me think: wouldn't the film have been cooler if it opened with Chiang Sheng fighting his father's killers at the cotton mill?

 

I note Lu Feng's character is the same played by Tan Tao-Liang in Showdown at the Cotton Mill, and they both do the old "stab hero in the back whilst he uproots a tree" - the difference being that in Showdown it is Hu, and Two Champions its Tong who gets stabbed.

 

Love the opening title theme - generally not keen on the Shaws De Wolfe music, but this is an exception.

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Magic Blade. Underworld kingpin Yu has become too powerful and must be stopped. To do that, mysterious Peacock Dart is needed. Swordsmen Yen( Lo Lieh) and Fu ( Ti Lung) after settling their differences started year ago are on a mission to Yu mansion. Knowing that Yu sends his 5 assassin+their henchmen and it`s lots of action waiting and some minor plot twists in the end. Loaded with characters, plot is still remarkably easy to follow. Some lines of dialogue are quite on a silly side but does not matter as Fu Hung-hsueh is definitely Fu Hung-hsueh 😄

Maybe 5th view or so I have feeling(tho long time has gone so not quite certain) didn`t like it that much on first watching. But even if that was case mind has changed, magic blade is masterpiece. There is still quite a lot chu yuan movies with and without ti lung waiting to be seen so can`t rank MB now but if there are better, great. And even if not, no disappointing as not many Shaw movies can top MB...

Great cast, quality action, some interesting characters(devil grandma, chess player, sword expert Ku Feng...) and very nice sets,specially indoor ones. Love particularly props inside buildings.

 

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Master of Kung Fu (Hong Kong, 1973: Ho Meng Hua) - A very early--possibly the first--Wong Fei-Hung film to not star Kwan Tak-Hing. This time, the role is unlikely filled by perennial Shaw villain Ku Feng. In this film, Wong Fei-Hung is something of a pacifist, still reeling over an incident ten years before in which he accidentally killed an opponent with his No-Shadow Kick. The plot involves around a Caucasian opium dealer and jade collector named Gordon who needs a new security chief (or bodyguard). Staging a tournament for the position, the two main candidates are Master Mai (Chan Shen), Wong's cousin and rival, and Li (Wang Hsieh), a former pirate that tangoed with Wong during his Navy days. Li critically wounds Mai during their duel, and Wong discovers that Li was cheating. So Li and his associate, Fox (Wong Hon), frame Wong Fei-Hung for murder, kidnap his top students, slaughter the rest of the Po Chi Lam school, and do all sorts of other bad things before Wong finally snaps and deals out kung fu justice.

The film is surprisingly dark for a Wong Fei-Hung movie, probably beat only by the slasher film Dreadnaught, which went so far as to kill legendary Wong student Leung Foon. A lot of bad things happen to good people before the heroes are finally able to turn the tables. Speaking of turning the tables in a kung fu, this is an early effort for choreographer Yuen Woo-Ping and his brother, Yuen Cheung-Yan. Their talent is obvious here, with them working on shapes choreography as early as 1973, a year before Lau Kar-Leung and Chang Cheh started their Shaolin Cycle. There is still some basher-esque moves, but the choreography is more intricate than you'd get from a dozen cheap chopsockeys churned out in the same period. There's some three-section staff work from Ku Feng, which, also, is well choreographed, especially at a time when a pole or knife was the best you could expect from a non-wuxia kung fu movie during this time. Only the big finale between Ku Feng and Wang Hsieh disappoints, as it's over before it really begins.

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IMPERIAL TOMB RAIDERS- I'd been hoping to find this one for a long time (10 years since I saw it on HKMDB.com and it didn't disappoint. I don't want to give too much away, but it delivers. Nice special effects for the time, a clever performance by Wong Yung, good comedy relief by that huge guy that is every other Taiwanese movie and plenty of good looking babes with rifles. I am a sucker for those explorer lost tomb movies and this was a good one. Also, I was lucky enough to get a copy with no watermarks! Chen Hung Lieh on this site did the subs, so thanks should go to him. It's the kind of movie you could watch without subs and get a lot of the plot, but it has nice twists here and there. Also, great production values for what it is!

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I just finished watching IMPERIAL TOMB RAIDERS and enjoyed it immensely! I was really excited because it's some time since I had the joy to watch a "new" Shaw movie with action, and this one delivered in all aspects. Thank you so much NoKUNGFUforYU and Chen Hung Lieh, I appreciate your efforts to find and work at these gems very much!!

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Disciples of the 36th Chamber (Hong Kong, 1985: Lau Kar-Leung) - This is the third official entry in the 36th Chamber series and one of the Shaw Brothers' last old school movies, made the same year that Jackie Chan and Sammo Hung were dominating the box office with the Police Story and Lucky Stars movies. This is another retelling of the Fong Sai-Yuk legend, tying it into the San Te story, which was told in the first 36 Chambers. Fong Sai-Yuk (Hsiao Ho) is this little illiterate d*ckhead who understands nothing about the world around him and gets everyone into trouble because he prefers to use his fist before he uses what little brains he has. This almost gets his dad's Cantonese Academy shut down, and his mom, Miu Chui-Fa (Lily Li Li-Li), sneaks him and his older brothers into Shaolin until things blow over. But they don't, because Fong Sai-Yuk is such an arrogant prick that he sneaks out of the temple, shows off Shaolin kung fu to the Manchus, and gets turned into a dupe for the Qings...moron.

So yeah, I'd read a lot of reviews pointing out how Lau Kar-Leung's choreography is essentially offset by Hsiao Ho's unlikeable portrayal of the famous folk hero. I have to join that chorus. His character is probably the biggest pill to show up in a post-Drunken Master kung fu comedy, making DM's Wong Fei-Hung look like Jet's Li's portrayal in comparison. Usually, these films throw in tragic event which causes the main character to reassess his life and work to make amends for his actions. Not here, folks. Fong Sai-Yuk's is a despicable sap until the very end, without the slighest sign of genuine remorse for his actions, which almost get his brothers killed and Shaolin invaded. Just what was the hell was Lau Kar-Leung, who directed and scripted this film, thinking? This is the same guy who gave us the first 36th Chamber, Heroes of the East and Executioners from Shaolin?

The fight choreography was really good, although there was no all-time classic fight. Mark Pollard gave the bench fight his approval as one of the all-time top prop-driven fights of all time, and it's good, but still, no classic. I liked seeing Gordon Liu use a chain whip at the end, but there wasn't enough of him, or of Lau Kar-Leung, who shows up as a Manchu kung fu instructor. Hell, Sun Chien plays one of Chen Kuan-Tai's top officers, and he almost doesn't do anything at all. While kudos to Pops for making a Fong Sai-Yuk vs. Manchu film that doesn't have a body count, he let a lot of the onscreen talent go unused. 

There's some good action, nice costumes and strong production values on display here, but an underwhelming script and thoroughly unlikeable lead just sink this film.

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Meng and Zhou clans are having grudge and head of mengs(Ku feng) wants Kung Fu Instuctor Wang  ( ti lung) to teach his men. Located elsewhere, Wang is unwilling to go elsewhere but after plot Meng creates with other masters who do not approve Wangs way of teaching he joins Meng HQ. Soon discovering they are up to no good, he takes one of Zhous (wong yu)as student and after some lessons in pole it`s time to settle the score with Mengs in terrific showdown.

It`s first class movie by Sun Chung. Ti Lung is stellar as serious kung fu master and mean looking too with beard. Ku Fung has rarely given as impressive end fight to do as here. There could have been more quality fights, besides in beginning vs wang lung wei+other instuctors only worth mentioning is excellent duel against chang tao. Some minor bouts and training are here and there so it`s not movie where too much time is used for talking.

 

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