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The Five Best Derek Yee Roles for Shaw Brothers

For my latest obsessive cinema binge, I decided to spend a good portion of September (aka #Shawtember) revisiting and acquiring new Shaw Brothers movies that feature Derek Yee in them. While Derek Yee came on rather late into the Shaw Brothers fold in the mid...

A Birthday Appreciation of Venom #4, Kuo Chue

A lone hero in a corrupt world…this is the type of man Taiwanese actor, martial acrobat and action director, Kuo Chue (Kwok Chung-Fung) would play in Chang Cheh’s dangerously playful Venom Mob films. So on his birthday, I’d like to salute the most agile and...

Brave Archer 3’s Scholar Zhu Ziliu as played by Sun Chien

“What are the profound details?” Age: Probably in his 30s. Martial / Weapons Skills: Great Intellect. Zhu is a devoted pupil who dutifully studies the classics, particularly the Analects of Confucius. He will not acknowledge visitors unless they address the classic he is reading. Quick to compose...

An Appreciation of Writer and Director Sun Chung

Taiwanese Director Sun Chung made some of the most original and vibrant movies for Shaw Brothers. From comedies to topical dramas, Women’s Lib styled revenge flicks, exploitation, and popular wuxia (martial arts swordplay films), his unique visual stamp and favored moral theme combined to make...

BRAVE ARCHER 3: THE EPIC CONCLUSION (OF SORTS) OF A WUXIA CLASSIC

Director: Chang Cheh Starring: Alexander Fu Sheng, Niu-niu, Lo Meng, Philip Kwok, Ching Li, and Ti Lung. [caption id="attachment_16614" align="alignright" width="209"] The Legend of Condor Heroes, first in a trilogy by Jin Yong.[/caption] In Brave Archer 3, context is incredibly important. A common criticism of movies like...