The Water Margin is Chang Cheh's epic of epics, a sprawling affair based on the true legend of how 108 rebel heroes successfully defeated invading Sung armies on their mountain headquarters. It's a must see for all movie fans.
Star Jimmy Wang Yu and director Chang Cheh revolutionized Hong Kong kung-fu cinema and broke box office records across Asia with this brilliant action epic where the loss of an arm not only created suspense but symbolized teenage alienation.
"Godfather of the kung-fu film", Chang Cheh, made this treasured and beloved adventure featuring a sword, training manual, treasure map and a secret message. The kung-fu which ensues is as impressive as it is glorious.
The "iron triangle" of director Chang Cheh and stars David Chiang and Ti Lung -- not to mention action choreographer Liu Chia-liang - made this kung-fu/Thai boxing combo one of 1971's megahits -- second only to Bruce Lee's The Big Boss.
"Godfather of the kung-fu film", Chang Cheh follows his international hit, The Five Venoms with a popular sequel about blind, deaf, footless and child-like kung-fu fighters who brilliantly train to take their revenge - resulting in a totally unbelievable but totally awesome martial arts experience.
A ruthless warlord has come to take control of the province of Canton. However, Canton's hero, a local worker has other Ideas. He creates the iron bridge style and seeks vengeance for the unnecessary death of his friend.
This is one of director John Lo Mar's best flat-out, fight-filled, non-stop minimal martial arts masterpieces. There's much more than five fighting styles on screen in this thrilling and fun tale of a full nine wushu warriors going at it in every variation!
This "bloody good" film is generally considered the second-to-last "Venoms" film...but what a penultimate adventure it is. Kuo Chue takes on an amazing dual role and the complications and kung-fu which ensue are wonderful to watch. Even judged by exceptional "Venom" standards, this one stands out.
Director Chang Cheh reunites the Five Venoms in his second biggest cult hit in the West. It's Lo Meng's most memorable performances whose showdown with fellow Venom Kuo Chue is artistically violent while being graphically artsy.
The "iron triangle" of director Chang Cheh and stars David Chiang and Ti Lung truly hit their stride with this crowd-pleasing kung-fu epic. From the first fascinating minute to the unforgettably evocative conclusion - this duo is dynamic as well as deadly.
Three cinematographers, four martial arts choreographers, a separate action director, and a superlative cast brings to life the thrilling story of a malicious swordsman lying, cheating and stealing to get to the top, and the noble man who finally defeats him.
The collaboration of the famed writer/director who created the "yanggang" (macho) kung-fu film and swordswoman supreme Cheng Pei-Pei (now famous for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) is exceptional indeed, resulting in the best of all possible martial arts worlds.
Chang is known for his lone swordsman and hero movies and strangely The Weird Man still reflects this. Cheng plays a righteous, beheaded priest with supernatural powers that returns from the dead to wreak havoc against one of the corrupt kingdoms, making Cheng a heroic "swords-ghost". It is insane sanity to the maximum degree, a must see film.
Director Chang Cheh; choreographers Liu Chia-liang and Tang Chia; internationally beloved stars Alexander Fu Sheng and Gordon Liu Chia-hui; and relevatory training sequences in the Eagle Claw, Hung Hsi Kuan, and Yung Chun schools of kung-fu make this a must for any martial arts movie fan.
The "iron triangle" of director Chang Cheh and protégés David Chiang and Ti Lung make The Heroic Ones a quintessential action epic, set during the waning years of the Tang Dynasty and centering on a royal family rife with intrigue.
Although David Chiang had starred in over 40 films as a martial arts hero, in Shaolin Mantis, where he plays a man who learns martial arts from a praying mantis, then seeks revenge for his wife's death, the movie contains some of Chiang's best fight scenes ever.
To showcase his incredibly agile new star, Cheng Tien-chi, veteran, venerated martial arts movie director Chang Cheh made this spectacular, internationally popular, favorite about evil ninjas and the five Chinese kung-fu masters who beat them at their own game.
Of all the "Venom" movies, this one stands out as perhaps the most chilling. Masked killers are wreaking havoc and instilling terror with their vicious weapons of choice: razor-sharp, gut-shattering tridents. Only three fearless fighters dare investigate, leading to mass murder and magnificent martial arts.