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Hidden Hero The Films of Chang Cheh

The Blood Brothers (Ci Ma) Hong Kong 'a tragic, romantic, blood-soaked martial arts tale of revenge that explores one of the most sensational scandals in Chinese history and marked the ascension of its director and actors to superstar status. Epic martial arts films do not get any better than this ... Read more
The Five Venoms (Wu Du) Hong KongThe Scorpion, The Snake, The Centipede, The Lizard and The Toad: five treacherous assassins, each trained in a deadly fighting technique modelled after their namesakes, the most venomous creatures on earth. In the martial arts universe of Chang Cheh they are the ... Read more
Golden Swallow (Jin Yanzi) Hong Kong MIFF 2003 guest Cheng Pei Pei (Come Drink With Me) stars in this 60s action adventure also known by the evocative title, The Girl With the Thunderbolt Kick. Golden Swallow has seemingly given up her death-dealing ways until she is wrongfully accused of going on ... Read more
The Heroic Ones (Shisan Taibao) Hong Kong'It's difficult to describe the battle sequences in order to do them justice. I can safely compare a memorable scene in Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, where the heroes rode out into a thronging mass of orcs brandishing pikes, with a scene in The Heroic ... Read more
The Magnificent Trio (Bian Cheng San Xia) Hong KongDesperate to escape oppressive conditions, a group of farmers kidnap the daughter of corrupt Ming dynasty magistrate Wei Huaiyan. Living under Wei's iron first has driven them to these extreme measures and they soon earn the sympathy of a trio of ... Read more
One-Armed Swordsman (Du Bi Dao) Hong Kong'Opens in dramatic fashion, with an assault on a martial arts school, and after that it never lets the viewer go.' -culturevulture.net Fang (Jimmy Wang Yu in the role that made his career) is a gifted pupil at Qi's martial arts school. Fang loses his right ... Read more
Vengeance (Baochou) Hong KongTake John Boorman's classic revenge drama Point Blank and transplant it to northern China in 1925. After Chinese opera player Guan Yulou is murdered by a group of criminal conspirators, his brother Xiaolou (David Chiang) arrives in town to wage a one-man war against ... Read more
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