Shaw Brothers

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    The Eight Diagram Pole Fighter

    The swansong of Shaw Brothers is a true martial arts masterpiece…

    4.5 stars
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    My Name Ain’t Suzie

    Atomic pen and feminist Gothic…

    4.5 stars
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    Women

    You could hardly get a more apt debut than the first film from Stanley Kwan, director of the much-loved Rouge and Centre Stage

    3.5 stars
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    The Dream of the Red Chamber

    Brigitte Lin gives a taste of things to come in this beautifully shot (but possibly impenetrable to casual viewers) musical drama…

    2.5 stars
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    The Oily Maniac

    Classic exploitation howler where a man transforms to enact revenge upon those who have unwisely wronged him…

    4 stars
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    Five Superfighters

    Clash of the Titans kung fu style or a Hong Kong Dirty Almost half-a-dozen…

    4.5 stars
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    Line Walker

    Jazz Boon brings his hugely successful TV series to the big screen…

    3.5 stars
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    The Seeding of a Ghost

    One of the Shaw Brothers’ most infamous and sleazy shockers finally gets the rerelease it deserves…

    5 stars
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    The Angry Guest

    The “iron triangle” attempts to work its magic with a different approach, but falls pretty flat…

    2.5 stars
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    Heroes of the East

    A softer version of the Chinese vs Japanese theme in this classic from director Lau Kar-Leung…

    4.5 stars
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    The Killer Snakes

    A downtrodden young man finds he can communicate with snakes, and uses them to take gruesome revenge…

    2 stars
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    House Of Traps

    Chang Cheh’s action packed, and completely impractical, solution to simple home security! Definitely not sponsored by Ikea…

    4 stars
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    The Lady Assassin (1983)

    A lesser-known gem, with non-stop action that combines swordplay and director Lu Chin-Ku’s signature wirework…

    4 stars
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    Opium and the Kung-Fu Master

    A solid period piece based on a real martial arts master and his break with addiction…

    3 stars
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    Black Magic

    A little sleazy, a little gory and a lot dated. This film is everything you could want from a 1970s horror…

    4.5 stars
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    Shaolin Martial Arts

    More martial arts and bald geezers in the famous Chinese temple. But without the temple…

    3 stars
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    Killer Constable

    A dark and occasionally gory film that delivers a real punch in terms of action and storyline. An unexpected gem…

    4.5 stars
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