Here’s a grand list of every Shaw Brothers Martial Arts film in order of release. There’s a lot, and yes, I’m going to review them all, in order… eventually! Alongside this series, I’ll also be watching some related films that aren’t within the genre, such as Chang Cheh’s forays into musicals and drama. These films will also be included here, and will be notated accordingly. Also included are a couple of non-Shaw films that were highly influential (such as the Bruce Lee films), or other films that I think will be interesting (such as the first Golden Harvest film). I thought it would be interesting to see them within context of the Shaw output, and will be reviewing them in order as well.
The list format will be:
Title / Director / Release Date / *
The star will designate films where the primary genre is not, or not strictly, Martial Arts, but they somehow relate to the overall series.
(I know that many of the early films are not really Martial Arts films as we know them, but for the time they were the genre.)
As I finish certain predefined “phases” of the list I will be posting a Top 10 list for that section as well.
The first four lists are completed and are available at the links below:
Top 10 Shaw Brothers Martial Arts Films of the 1960s
Top 10 1970–1971 Shaw Brothers Martial Arts Films
Top 10 1972–1973 Shaw Brothers Martial Arts Films
Top 10 1974–1975 Shaw Brothers Martial Arts Films
Top 10 1976–1977 Shaw Brothers Martial Arts Films
If you have any questions, you want to tell me I’m crazy, whatever, feel free to leave a comment.
So without further ado… the list!
|Temple of the Red Lotus||Hsu Cheng Hung||10/01/1965|
|The Twin Swords||Hsu Cheng Hung||12/22/1965|
|The Monkey Goes West||Ho Meng-Hua||01/18/1966||*|
|Downhill They Ride||Peter Pan Lei||02/04/1966||*|
|Tiger Boy (Unavailable)||Chang Cheh||02/16/1966|
|Come Drink With Me
See Also: My 2nd Review
|The Knight of Knights||Hsih Chun||05/18/1966|
|Princess Iron Fan||Ho Meng-Hua||08/09/1966||*|
|The Magnificent Trio||Chang Cheh||11/08/1966|
|That Man in Chang-An||Yen Chun||02/18/1967|
|Trail of the Broken Blade||Chang Cheh||03/04/1967|
|The Sword and the Lute||Hsu Cheng Hung||04/21/1967|
|The Thundering Sword||Hsu Cheng Hung||05/09/1967|
|The One-Armed Swordsman||Chang Cheh||07/26/1967|
|The Cave of Silken Web||Ho Meng-Hua||08/21/1967||*|
|The Silent Swordsman||Kao Li||09/14/1967|
|Rape of the Sword||Griffin Yueh Feng||11/08/1967|
|King Cat||Hsu Cheng Hung||12/05/1967|
|The Assassin||Chang Cheh||12/22/1967|
|The Land of Many Perfumes||Ho Meng-Hua||01/26/1968||*|
|The Black Butterfly||Lo Wei||03/06/1968|
|The Silver Fox||Hsu Cheng Hung||03/13/1968|
|Golden Swallow||Chang Cheh||04/04/1968|
|The Magnificent Swordsman||Griffin Yueh Feng & Cheng Kang||05/02/1968|
|Killer Darts||Ho Meng-Hua||05/09/1968|
|The Bells of Death||Griffin Yueh Feng||06/30/1968|
|That Fiery Girl||Yen Chun||07/18/1968|
|The Sword of Swords||Cheng Kang||08/23/1968|
|Death Valley||Lo Wei||10/11/1968|
|The Jade Raksha||Ho Meng-Hua||11/14/1968|
|The Enchanted Chamber||Hsih Chun||11/28/1968|
|The Fastest Sword||Peter Pan Lei||12/11/1968|
|Twin Blades of Doom||Doe Ching||01/01/1969|
|Killers Five||Cheng Kang||02/14/1969|
|The Singing Thief||Chang Cheh||02/14/1969||*|
|Return of the One-Armed Swordsman||Chang Cheh||02/28/1969|
|A Thousand Year Old Fox
(Distributed in HK by Shaw Bros)
|Twelve Deadly Coins||Hsu Cheng Hung||03/13/1969|
|Dragon Swamp||Lo Wei||03/27/1969|
|The Flying Dagger||Chang Cheh||06/18/1969|
|The Invincible Fist||Chang Cheh||06/30/1969|
|Dead End||Chang Cheh||07/12/1969||*|
|Vengeance Is a Golden Blade||Ho Meng-Hua||07/19/1969|
|Raw Courage||Lo Wei||08/14/1969|
|The Swordmates||Chang Ying & Pan Fan||10/08/1969|
|The Golden Sword||Lo Wei||10/15/1969|
|Have Sword, Will Travel||Chang Cheh||12/25/1969|
|Purple Darts||Peter Pan Lei||XX/XX/1969|
|The Wandering Swordsman||Chang Cheh||02/04/1970|
|The Winged Tiger||Shen Chiang||02/18/1970|
|From the Highway
|Lady of Steel||Ho Meng-Hua||02/27/1970|
|Brothers Five||Lo Wei||03/26/1970|
|The Golden Knight||Griffin Yueh Feng||04/17/1970|
|Heads for Sale||Cheng Chang Ho||05/06/1970|
|The Twelve Gold Medallions||Cheng Kang||07/01/1970|
|Swordswomen Three||Shen Chiang||08/05/1970|
|The Heroic Ones||Chang Cheh||08/14/1970|
|A Taste of Cold Steel||Griffin Yueh Feng||09/16/1970|
|Valley of the Fangs||Cheng Chang Ho||10/06/1970|
|The Secret of the Dirk||Hsu Cheng Hung||10/24/1970|
|The Iron Buddha||Yen Chun||11/12/1970|
|The Chinese Boxer||Jimmy Wang Yu||11/27/1970|
|The Singing Killer||Chang Cheh||12/22/1970||*|
|King Eagle||Chang Cheh||01/01/1971|
|The Bandits (Unavailable)||Shin Sang-Ok||01/09/1971|
|The Lady Hermit||Ho Meng-Hua||01/22/1971|
|The Invincible Eight (Golden Harvest)||Lo Wei||01/22/1971|
|The New One-Armed Swordsman||Chang Cheh||02/07/1971|
|Mission Impossible||Joseph Kuo Nan-Hong||03/05/1971|
|Six Assassins||Cheng Chang Ho||03/25/1971|
|The Jade Faced Assassin||Yen Chun||04/09/1971|
|The Duel||Chang Cheh||04/21/1971|
|The Eunuch||Teddy Yip Wing-Cho||05/12/1971|
|The Merciful Sword (Unavailable)||Peter Pan Lei||06/04/1971|
|The Golden Seal||Tien Feng||06/23/1971|
|The Crimson Charm||Huang Feng||07/16/1971|
|The Anonymous Heroes||Chang Cheh||07/24/1971||*|
|The Shadow Whip||Lo Wei||08/06/1971|
|The Swift Knight||Cheng Chang Ho||08/25/1971|
|Shadow Girl||San Kei||09/10/1971|
|The Rescue||Shen Chiang||09/24/1971|
|Duel of Fists||Chang Cheh||10/01/1971|
|Lady with a Sword||Kao Pao Shu||10/15/1971|
|Swordsman at Large||Hsu Cheng Hung||10/22/1971|
|Vengeance of a Snow Girl||Lo Wei||10/29/1971|
|The Big Boss (Golden Harvest)||Lo Wei||10/31/1971|
|Duel for Gold||Chor Yuen||11/06/1971|
|A Touch of Zen
|Oath of Death||Pao Hsueh Li||12/10/1971|
|The Deadly Duo||Chang Cheh||12/22/1971|
|The Long Chase||Ho Meng-Hua||12/31/1971|
|The Mighty One||Joseph Kuo Nan-Hong||XX/XX/1971|
|The Killer||Chor Yuen||01/08/1972|
|The Champion of Champions||Lee Ga||01/21/1972|
|The Black Enforcer||Ho Meng-Hua||01/28/1972|
|The Boxer From Shantung||Chang Cheh & Pao Hsueh Li||02/11/1972|
|The Angry Guest||Chang Cheh||02/29/1972|
|The Water Margin||Chang Cheh, Wu Ma & Pao Hsueh Li||03/17/1972|
|Fist of Fury (Golden Harvest)||Lo Wei||03/22/1972|
|The Casino||Chang Tseng-Chai||03/30/1972||*|
|Finger of Doom||Pao Hsueh Li||04/14/1972|
|The Young Avenger||Griffin Yueh Feng||04/20/1972|
|King Boxer||Cheng Chang Ho||04/28/1972|
|Trilogy of Swordsmanship||Griffin Yueh Feng, Cheng Kang & Chang Cheh||05/11/1972|
|The Devil’s Mirror||Sun Chung||06/15/1972|
|The Deadly Knives||Chang Il-Ho||06/29/1972|
|Young People||Chang Cheh||07/07/1972||*|
|The Fourteen Amazons||Cheng Kang||07/27/1972|
|Intimate Confessions of a Chinese Courtesan||Chor Yuen||09/07/1972||*|
|The Delightful Forest||Chang Cheh & Pao Hsueh Li||09/20/1972|
|The Imperial Swordsman||Lin Fu Ti||10/05/1972|
|Man of Iron||Chang Cheh & Pao Hsueh Li||10/12/1972|
|The Lizard||Chor Yuen||11/01/1972|
|The Fugitive||Chang Tseng-Chai||12/06/1972|
|The Black Tavern||Teddy Yip Wing-Cho||12/16/1972|
|Four Riders||Chang Cheh||12/22/1972||*|
|The Thunderbolt Fist||Chang Il-Ho||12/30/1972|
|The Way of the Dragon (Golden Harvest)||Bruce Lee||12/30/1972|
AKA Shanghai Lil and the Sun Luck Kid
|Chu-Got Ching-Wan & Yeung Jing-Chan||01/12/1973|
|Call to Arms||Shen Chiang||01/18/1973|
|The Delinquent||Chang Cheh & Kuei Chi-Hung||02/15/1973|
|The Blood Brothers||Chang Cheh||02/24/1973|
|The Villains||Chor Yuen||03/09/1973||*|
|Imperial Tomb Raiders (Unavailable)||Ting Shan-Hsi||03/30/1973|
|The Generation Gap||Chang Cheh||04/20/1973||*|
|River of Fury||Chang Tseng-Chai||05/04/1973|
|The Kiss of Death||Ho Meng-Hua||05/11/1973||*|
|The Bastard||Chor Yuen||06/02/1973|
|The Escaper||Lee Tso-Nam||06/09/1973|
|The Boxers (Unavailable)||Hou Cheng||06/12/1973|
|Police Force||Chang Cheh & Ulysses Au-Yeung Jun||06/16/1973||*|
|The Big Fellow||Wu Min-Hsiung||06/30/1973|
|Payment in Blood||Kuei Chi-Hung||07/12/1973||*|
|Enter the Dragon (Warner Brothers/Golden Harvest)||Robert Clouse||07/26/1973|
|The Pirate||Chang Cheh, Wu Ma & Pao Hsueh Li||07/27/1973|
|Na Cha and the Seven Devils||Tetsuya Yamanouchi||08/31/1973||*|
|The Master of Kung Fu||Ho Meng-Hua||09/12/1973|
AKA The Ma Lan Flying Man
|Iron Bodyguard||Chang Cheh & Pao Hsueh Li||12/08/1973|
|Heroes of Sung||Shen Chiang||XX/XX/1973|
|Crazy Nuts of Kung Fu
|Village of Tigers||Griffin Yueh Feng & Wong Ping||01/12/1974|
See Also: Uncle Jasper’s Review
|The Savage Five||Chang Cheh||02/15/1974|
|The Shadow Boxer||Pao Hsueh Li||03/07/1974|
|Men From the Monastery
See Also: Uncle Jasper’s Review
|The Drug Addict||David Chiang||05/10/1974||*|
|Rivals of Kung Fu||Wong Fung||05/25/1974|
|Virgins of the Seven Seas
See Also: Uncle Jasper’s Review
|Kuei Chih-Hung & Ernst Hofbauer||06/21/1974|
|Well of Doom||Ting Shan-Hsi||06/25/1974|
|Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires
See Also: My 1st Review from 2010
|Roy Ward Baker||07/11/1974||*|
|Shaolin Martial Arts||Chang Cheh||08/03/1974|
|Supermen Against the Orient||Bitto Albertini||09/07/1974|
|Young Lovers on Flying Wheels||Ti Lung||09/20/1974||*|
|Na Cha the Great||Chang Cheh||09/27/1974|
|The Tea House||Kuei Chi-Hung||10/17/1974||*|
|Five Tough Guys||Pao Hsueh Li||11/15/1974|
|Five Shaolin Masters||Chang Cheh||12/25/1974|
|This Time I’ll Make You Rich||Gianfranco Parolini||XX/XX/1974||*|
|The Young Rebel||Ti Lung||02/08/1975|
|The Flying Guillotine||Ho Meng-Hua||02/18/1975|
|Blood Money||Antonio Margheriti||04/03/1975||*|
|The Gambling Syndicate||Chang Tseng-Chai||04/19/1975|
|All Men Are Brothers||Chang Cheh & Wu Ma||05/10/1975|
|Lady of the Law||Shen Chiang & Stanley Siu Wing||06/07/1975|
|Disciples of Shaolin||Chang Cheh||06/28/1975|
|Big Brother Cheng||Kuei Chi-Hung||07/16/1975||*|
|The Super Inframan
See Also: Uncle Jasper’s Review
|Supermen Against the Amazons||Alfonso Brescia||08/06/1975||*|
|The Imposter||Pao Hsueh-Li||08/09/1975|
|The Fantastic Magic Baby||Chang Cheh||08/15/1975|
|The Taxi Driver||Pao Hsueh-Li||08/28/1975||*|
|The Bloody Escape||Chang Cheh & Sun Chung||10/25/1975|
|Cleopatra Jones and the Casino of Gold||Chuck Bail||11/07/1975|
|The Spiritual Boxer||Lau Kar-Leung||11/28/1975|
|The Golden Lion||Ho Meng-Hua||12/21/1975|
|Marco Polo||Chang Cheh||12/25/1975|
|The New Game of Death||Lin Bing||XX/XX/1975|
|The Protectors||Wu Ma||XX/XX/1975|
|Bruce Lee and I||John Law Ma||01/09/1976|
|Heroes of the Underground||Pao Hsueh Li||01/27/1976||*|
|Boxer Rebellion||Chang Cheh||01/29/1976|
|The Sexy Killer
AKA The Drug Connection
|Killer Clans||Chor Yuen||03/20/1976|
|7-Man Army||Chang Cheh, Hung Ting-Miu & Wu Ma||04/16/1976|
|The Dragon Missile||Ho Meng-Hua||04/24/1976|
|Challenge of the Masters
See Also: Uncle Jasper’s Review
|The Condemned||David Chiang||05/27/1976|
|Emperor Chien Lung||Wong Fung||06/02/1976||*|
|The Shaolin Avengers||Chang Cheh & Wu Ma||06/18/1976|
|The Magic Blade
See Also: My 1st Review from 2010
|The Snake Prince||Lo Chen||07/31/1976||*|
|Killers on Wheels||Kuei Chih-Hung||08/26/1976||*|
|The New Shaolin Boxers||Chang Cheh & Wu Ma||09/03/1976|
|Big Bad Sis||Sun Chung||10/07/1976||*|
|The Web of Death||Chor Yuen||10/28/1976|
|King Gambler||Cheng Kang||11/24/1976||*|
|Shaolin Temple||Chang Cheh & Wu Ma||12/22/1976|
|Lady Exterminator||Sun Chung||01/20/1977||*|
|Executioners from Shaolin
See Also: Uncle Jasper’s Review
|Clans of Intrigue||Chor Yuen||03/05/1977|
|Deadly Angels||Pao Hsueh-Li||03/31/1977||*|
|The Naval Commandos||Chang Cheh, Pao Hsueh Li, Wu Ma & Lau Wai-Ban||04/07/1977|
|Jade Tiger||Chor Yuen||05/07/1977|
|Magnificent Wanderers||Chang Cheh & Wu Ma||05/27/1977|
|The Adventures of Emperor Chien Lung||Li Han-Hsiang||06/03/1977||*|
|Death Duel||Chor Yuen||07/07/1977|
|To Kill a Jaguar||Hua Shan||07/23/1977|
|The Brave Archer||Chang Cheh||07/30/1977|
|Judgement of an Assassin||Sun Chung||08/20/1977|
|The Battle Wizard||Pao Hsueh-Li||09/09/1977|
|The Sentimental Swordsman||Chor Yuen||10/14/1977|
See Also: Uncle Jasper’s Review
|Pursuit of Vengeance||Chor Yuen||12/22/1977|
|Flying Guillotine, Part II||Cheng Kang & Hua Shan||01/19/1978|
|The 36th Chamber of Shaolin||Lau Kar-Leung||02/02/1978|
|Clan of Amazons||Chor Yuen||02/19/1978|
|The Vengeful Beauty||Ho Meng-Hua||03/11/1978|
|The Proud Youth||Sun Chung||03/30/1978|
|Soul of the Sword||Hua Shan||04/21/1978|
|The Brave Archer Part II||Chang Cheh||05/13/1978|
|Island of Virgins (Unavailable)||Hua Shan||06/03/1978||*|
|Shaolin Hand Lock||Ho Meng-Hua||06/10/1978|
|Shaolin Mantis||Lau Kar-Leung||06/28/1978|
|Legend of the Bat||Chor Yuen||07/08/1978|
|My Kung Fu Master (Eternal)||Wong Wa-Kei||07/13/1978||*|
|The Five Venoms||Chang Cheh||08/12/1978|
|The Avenging Eagle||Sun Chung||09/13/1978|
|The Voyage of Emperor Chien Lung||Li Han-Hsiang||10/06/1978||*|
|Heaven Sword and Dragon Sabre||Chor Yuen||10/19/1978|
|Heaven Sword and Dragon Sabre, Part II||Chor Yuen||10/27/1978|
|Swordsman And Enchantress||Chor Yuen||11/08/1978|
|Invincible Shaolin||Chang Cheh||11/19/1978|
|Crippled Avengers||Chang Cheh||12/21/1978|
|Heroes of the East||Lau Kar-Leung||12/30/1978|
|Showdown at the Cotton Mill
|Full Moon Scimitar||Chor Yuen||01/25/1979|
|The Spiritual Boxer, Part II||Lau Kar-Leung||02/15/1979|
|Life Gamble||Chang Cheh||02/22/1979|
|The Reckless Cricket||Kuei Chi-Hung||03/16/1979|
|Shaolin Rescuers||Chang Cheh||03/24/1979|
|The Deadly Breaking Sword||Sun Chung||04/12/1979|
|The Brothers||Hua Shan||04/27/1979|
|Monkey Kung Fu||John Law Ma||05/05/1979|
|Murder Plot||Chor Yuen||05/30/1979|
|The Kung-Fu Instructor||Sun Chung||06/16/1979|
|The Daredevils||Chang Cheh||06/29/1979|
|Abbot of Shaolin||Ho Meng-Hua||07/11/1979|
|The Proud Twins||Chor Yuen||07/19/1979|
|Dirty Ho||Lau Kar-Leung||08/04/1979|
|Five Superfighters||John Law Ma||09/01/1979|
|Crystal Fist (Eternal)||Wa Yat-Wang||09/06/1979|
|The Tigress of Shaolin||Law Kei||09/15/1979|
|The Magnificent Ruffians||Chang Cheh||09/20/1979|
|Mad Monkey Kung Fu||Lau Kar-Leung||10/05/1979|
|Sun Dragon (Eternal)||Wa Yat-Wang||10/25/1979|
|The Kid with the Golden Arm||Chang Cheh||11/02/1979|
|Invincible Enforcer||Cheng Kang||11/09/1979|
|To Kill a Mastermind||Sun Chung||11/23/1979|
|Ten Tigers of Kwantung||Chang Cheh||XX/XX/1979|
|Clans of the White Lotus||Lo Lieh||01/01/1980|
|Heaven and Hell||Chang Cheh||01/19/1980|
|The Convict Killer||Chor Yuen||03/21/1980|
|Killer Constable||Kuei Chi-Hung||03/28/1980|
|Two Champions of Shaolin||Chang Cheh||04/12/1980|
|Coward Bastard||Kuei Chi-Hung||05/02/1980|
|The Master||Tony Liu Jun-Guk||05/23/1980|
|The Kid with a Tattoo||Sun Chung||06/17/1980|
|Swift Sword||Ho Meng-Hua||07/01/1980|
|Heroes Shed No Tears||Chor Yuen||07/24/1980|
|Flag of Iron||Chang Cheh||08/14/1980|
|Return to the 36th Chamber||Lau Kar-Leung||08/24/1980|
|The Rebel Intruders||Chang Cheh||09/11/1980|
|A Deadly Secret||T. F. Mou Tun-Fei||09/23/1980|
|Rendezvous with Death||Sun Chung||10/17/1980|
|The Shaolin Heroes
|Legend of the Fox||Chang Cheh||11/15/1980|
|Bat Without Wings||Chor Yuen||12/11/1980|
|The Boxer from the Temple||John Lo Ma||XX/XX/1980|
|The Fighting Fool||Patrick Yuen Ho-Chuen||XX/XX/1980|
|My Young Auntie
See Also: Uncle Jasper’s Review
|Return of the Sentimental Swordsman||Chor Yuen||01/31/1981|
|Lion vs. Lion||Xu Kia & Chien Yue-Sang||02/19/1981|
|The Sword Stained with Royal Blood||Chang Cheh||03/06/1981|
|Challenge of the Gamesters||Wong Jing||04/30/1981||*|
|Kung Fu Executioner||Lam Chin-Wai||05/08/1981|
|Masked Avengers||Chang Cheh||05/15/1981|
|The Treasure Hunters||Lau Kar-Wing||07/09/1981|
|The Emperor and His Brother||Chor Yuen||07/23/1981|
|Martial Club||Lau Kar-Leung||08/20/1981|
|Kung Fu Zombie||Wa Yat-Wang||10/01/1981|
|Bloody Parrot||Hua Shan||10/02/1981|
|The Duel of the Century||Chor Yuen||10/22/1981|
|The Brave Archer, Part III||Chang Cheh||11/12/1981|
|Black Lizard||Chor Yuen||11/26/1981|
|Ambitious Kung Fu Girl||Tony Liu Jun-Guk||12/10/1981|
|What Price Honesty||Yuan Hao-Chuan||XX/XX/1981|
|Ninja in the Deadly Trap
|Phillip Kwok Chun-Fung,
Chiang Sheng & Lu Feng
|House of Traps||Chang Cheh||01/09/1982|
|Legendary Weapons of China||Lau Kar-Leung||01/21/1982|
|Clan Feuds||Cheung Paang-Yee||02/19/1982|
|Kung Fu from Beyond the Grave||Lee Chiu||02/19/1982|
|The Brave Archer and His Mate||Chang Cheh||02/25/1982|
|Five Element Ninjas||Chang Cheh||04/21/1982|
|Gang Master||Tsui Siu-Ming||04/28/1982|
|Perils of the Sentimental Swordsman||Chor Yuen||05/13/1982|
|Lovers Blades||Tony Liu Jun-Guk||05/22/1982|
|The Spirit of the Sword||Chor Yuen||06/17/1982|
|Kid From Kwangtung||Xu Kia||07/02/1982|
|Human Lanterns||Sun Chung||07/14/1982|
|The Fake Ghost Catchers||Lau Kar-Wing||07/30/1982|
|Buddha’s Palm||Wong Tai-Loi||08/20/1982|
|Cat vs. Rat||Lau Kar-Leung||09/30/1982|
|Tiger Killer||Li Han-Hsiang||10/28/1982|
|My Rebellious Son||Sun Chung||11/26/1982|
|Ode to Gallantry||Chang Cheh||12/16/1982|
|Mercenaries from Hong Kong||Wong Jing||12/22/1982|
|Ghosts Galore||Hsu Hsia||01/06/1983|
|The Lady Assassin||Tony Liu Jun-Guk||01/15/1983|
|The Roving Swordsman||Chor Yuen||01/28/1983|
|Shaolin Prince||Tang Chia||02/25/1983|
|Portrait in Crystal||Hua Shan||03/11/1983|
|Tales of a Eunuch||Hua Shan||03/24/1983|
|The Lady is the Boss||Lau Kar-Leung||03/31/1983|
|The Weird Man||Chang Cheh||05/05/1983|
|Usurpers of Emperor’s Power||Hua Shan||05/27/1983|
|Holy Flame of the Martial World||Tony Liu Jun-Guk||06/10/1983|
|Demon of the Lute||Lung Yat-Sing||08/04/1983|
|Bastard Swordsman||Tony Liu Jun-Guk||09/30/1983|
|Shaolin Intruders||Tang Chia||10/06/1983|
|Attack of the Joyful Goddess
|Little Dragon Maiden||Hua Shan||12/02/1983|
|Descendant of the Sun||Chor Yuen||12/16/1983|
*Note: Chang Cheh’s movies were all independently produced in Taiwan after his exodus from Shaw Brothers in 1983 (his last film with them was The Weird Man.)
|Kids from Shaolin
|The 8-Diagram Pole Fighter||Lau Kar-Leung||02/17/1984|
|Return of Bastard Swordsman||Tony Liu Jun-Guk||03/22/1984|
|New Tales of the Flying Fox||Lau Sze-Yu||04/07/1984|
|Wits of the Brats||Wong Jing||05/24/1984|
|The Hidden Power of Dragon Sabre||Chor Yuen||06/19/1984|
|Secret Service of the Imperial Court||Tony Liu Jun-Guk||10/19/1984|
|I Will Finally Knock You Down, Dad!||Xu Kia||11/02/1984|
|The Supreme Swordsman||Li Pak-Ling||XX/XX/1984|
|The Enchantress||Chor Yuen||XX/XX/1984|
|Opium and the Kung Fu Master||Tang Chia||XX/XX/1984|
|Long Road to Gallantry||Lung Yat-Sing||XX/XX/1984|
|The Shanghai Thirteen
|Crazy Shaolin Disciples||Yau Ka-Hung||01/05/1985|
|The Master Strikes Back||Sun Chung||01/19/1985|
|Disciples of the 36th Chamber||Lau Kar-Leung||05/17/1985|
|Hong Kong Godfather||Johnny Wang Lung-Wei||10/27/1985|
|The Young Vagabond||Lau Sze-Yu||XX/XX/1985|
|Journey of the Doomed||Cha Chuen-Yee||XX/XX/1985|
|Thunderclap||Tony Leung Siu-Hung||XX/XX/1985|
*Note: Just about everything after this point is not a true Shaw Brothers film. Some were produced by affiliate companies and released under their name, others were attempts to revive the name. More details will be included in the reviews whenever I get all the way down here.
|Martial Arts of Shaolin||Lau Kar-Leung||02/01/1986|
|Great Shanghai 1937
|Cross the River
|The Slaughter in Xian
|Journey to the West
|The Bare-Footed Kid||Johnnie To Kei-Fung||04/03/1993|
|Ninja in Ancient China
|Hero||Corey Yuen Kwai||06/07/1997|
|Drunken Monkey||Lau Kar-Leung||05/22/2003|
nice one mate can see you spent lot of time an effort on yer quest top stuff as for my quest bin hunting this film set in 19th century , only saw last scene which the hero is in mr bigs house, killing bad men with loads knives thrown from under his jacket into their throats then mr big crawling backwards up the stairs followed our hero who then bangs heel of his shoe a knife flicks out underneath his shoe and stabs mr big in throat , suddenly window breaks a soldier shoots our hero who falls down stairs jumps on chandelier swinging on to a ledge an dies . I`m gone through 400 + Shaw Brothers films still no closer .do hope you know it.
Thanks for stopping by. It’s definitely a lot of work, but I love it.
I can’t say that I know what that movie is, though! I asked some others as well, but they were stumped too. It sounds similar to Chang Cheh’s film Vengeance, which has an end fight centered around a staircase and the hero swings from a chandelier up to the second floor at one point. But it doesn’t have a lot of the other details, like 19th century, the shoe knife, anyone throwing knives or the soldier part. Everyone uses knives in that last scene of Vengeance, they just don’t throw them. I’ll keep my eyes peeled, though, and if I ever find out what it is I’ll let you know. It does sounds like an awesome scene!
I think this is some sort of public service, compiling this list like this. On ya! Two questions: How did you compile this list / what were your sources? I only ask this out of curiosity because I am actually finding it hard to track down a complete list of Shaw Bros films apart from THIS one.
And how may films are on this list?
Thanks, Meredith! One of my intentions in creating this list was for it to be something of a resource for Shaw fans, so I’m glad you’re finding it to be useful. I had a hard time finding a detailed list online myself, so I figured I’d just make one. As for my sources, there is a book called The Shaw Screen: A Preliminary Study that has an appendix in the back listing every film ever produced by the Shaw Studio, ordered by release date. When I lived near Los Angeles and I worked at a library I managed to borrow a copy from the UCLA library and I made copies of these pages. This is also how I was able to read Chang Cheh’s memoir that I make mention of here and there in the reviews, and that book also had a very useful complete filmography for Chang Cheh in the back.
I then cross checked everything against the HKMDB to make sure everything matched up, and also because there’s no genre listed in the book appendix. There were also a few films not in the book appendix that were on HKMDB, although a few of them seem to have been unfinished films. I’ve tried to keep this list to be only those films actually released, but info is kinda scarce on some of them, especially the really rare ones. There’s an old website I found with HK box office data going back to the ’70s that was helpful with this. It’s dead now, but still accessible here thanks to archive.org. Also before I start reviewing a new year, I re-check the list and HKMDB, as sometimes I find movies that I missed or that I feel are worth watching in the chrono context despite not being primarily martial arts films (such as The Casino). It initially took many months of off and on work to get this list done, so I was bound to miss a few things.
I’ve never actually counted the films on the list as I felt that knowing how far away from completion I was would be depressing, but I have faced the fear and counted them for you! There are 343 films on the list, and so far I’ve done the first 98 (100 if you count the two I’ve watched but haven’t published yet). So 29.2% done! Almost there! 🙂 Thanks for being a constant supporter!
First off. Fantastic work. I’ve been a fan of this project, which compelled me to take my own pilgrimage into Movietown’s legacy.
With that said, I’ve noticed at least two missing title: Ting Shan-Hsi’s Well of Doom, which, while rare, has popped up from ZiiEagle derived bootlegs in certain corners of the internet. The other, much more accessible film, is Pao Hsueh-Li’s The Impostor, with David Chiang as a master of disguise.
Thanks, man! I’m always happy to hear of another Shaw fan digging what I’m doing here. It’s been very rewarding to watch the films in chronological order. I have a much greater respect for how the genre matured into the films that I first fell in love with (Drunken Master 2, Once Upon a Time in China, 36th Chamber of Shaolin, etc).
I have added those titles you mentioned to the list. I figured I was missing a few here and there, so thanks for catching those. Feel free to let me know about any others I’m missing that you think should be included.
Your list is pretty thorough based off what I can see. A few nitpicks (after comparing your masterlist to mine):
Chor Yuen’s The Black Lizard is another absence. Also, Ghosts Galore which fits in with Shaw’s whole fantasy kung-fu schtick.
Generation of Kung Fu is alternative title for My Rebellious Son so you could delete that.
You probably should label the Chang Cheh “indies” the way you did the Golden Harvest films. And speaking of which, Attack of the Joyful Goddess should definitely be included.
Same thing with the Jet Li-Mainland films.
Wu Ma’s Showdown at the Cotton Mill might be worthy of the list, since it was originally planned as a Shaolin Cycle film, until Shaw pulled the plug on Chang’s Film Company and Chi Kuan-Chun stayed in Taiwan. Also, his Shaolin Heroes features so many Shaw alumni that I wouldn’t be surprised if they didn’t have some interest in it, although I’ve been unable to verify this.
You includes some of Shaw’s outsourced Taiwanese productions while not including others (Flight Man, The Big Fellow, Crazy Nuts of Kung Fu, possibly The Escaper although I’m still not sure if this is legit). Granted, the last two are MIA.
There’s a few in between films you might reconsider: Kiss of Death has plenty of Fu alongside its Crime and Exploitation. The Snake Prince and Battle Wizard could probably be included if you’re watching Inframan. Ditto the first Na Cha film. I’m sure there’s others.
There are other films which you might want to skip: The Villains and River of Fury are both straight melodramas which feature very little martial-arts. The former does have quite a few shoot-outs, and the latter has one great fight at the end, but I wouldn’t include either in the genre. The Fugitive also, but there’s still plenty of action so you might want to see it anyways and make up your own mind. Heroes of the Underground is definitely not a martial-arts film, just a straight up war picture. I’m sure there’s others.
I haven’t seen most of them, but a lot of the early 80s New Wave Crime films feature brawls which border on Kung-Fu, and it would surprise me if Shaw’s didn’t. You definitely need to include Hong Kong Godfather, which may be the studio’s last great fight-based film.
I still don’t know about all those Eternal Films, as I’m still not certain what the real relationship was between the two studios.
You might want to re-research the release dates on the ’83-’85 era, as a lot don’t match mine (although I could be wrong).
I never got to the 1960s with my list, so can’t help you there.
Also, another honorary candidate, in the vein of those Wu Ma films: the Venom Mob directed Ninja in the Deadly Trap, which was their own version of Five Element Ninja after breaking with Chang and Shaw during pre-production.
Thanks! Some of these I had considered adding but I was unsure of the primary genre, so this helps a lot.
For some reason I put Attack of the Joyful Goddess on the list under an alternate title: The Ghost. I thought I had changed that, but I can be a bit scatterbrained at times, so I guess I didn’t.
The reason not all the Taiwan outsourced stuff is on the list is because most if not all of those are not on the list I was initially working from (the one at the back of The Shaw Screen). The ones I’ve added I found through the HKMDB when I do my searches before starting a new year. Thanks for the heads up on these, though, I’ll definitely try to track these down where I can.
The Villains I put on the list as a Chor Yuen film, as after seeing a couple of his movies I was so intrigued that I thought it might be interesting to watch all of his Shaw films like I’m doing with Chang Cheh. This could arguably be done after I’m done, but I figure I might as well watch them chronologically for context if I can. This has definitely been rewarding with the Chang Cheh films like Dead End, etc. It does dilute the series, though, so I’m conflicted.
I think the release dates are pretty sound, I checked them against the Shaw Screen list and the HKMDB, and I believe them to be accurate. I have no way of knowing, of course.
Thanks again for all your suggestions, I’ll get the list updated as soon as I’m able.
I had a chance to update the list with your helpful additions.
I also looked into the Eternal connection a bit, and the ones I put onto this list are in the Shaw filmography listing at the back of The Shaw Screen. They are all listed there as being produced by both Eternal and Shaw and Sons (which I believe was run by Runde Shaw and had mostly gotten out of the film production business by the ’70s). His Wiki page gives a brief history. So that’s how they ended up on the list. They have great titles, too, so I hope they’re fun.
Figured you might have already heard about this?
Yeah, I heard about that last night, and I actually wondered at the time if you were going to do a Vale post for him. He probably falls outside the usual criteria that you use for those, but in terms of Chinese cinema, there are few people with as much influence and important to the entire industry.
Awesome list, I definitely appreciate the painstaking work to compile this thing! I wonder what “Tiger Boy” from 1966 is about, such a shame it’s gone missing (along with the others).
Thanks! There’s a little Tiger Boy info out there. At this link here there’s a couple of scans from Southern Screen that show stills and give a little bit of an idea of what the film was about.
This project is MUCH appreciated. I’ve been viewing all the Shaw martial arts movies myself, though not in sequential order, and it’s always a pleasure when I can check out your review afterwards. (Always sad when there isn’t one yet, too — but I totally understand and mean no criticism in that!) Thanks for putting this out there. I’d buy a print copy of your reviews in a heartbeat, if you ever decided to publish this stuff.
Wow, thanks so much! Your support and enthusiasm for the project is also much appreciated!
Awesome!! I was using a different list but this one seems the best.
Thanks! Glad to help.
I find it curious that in a lot of Shaw Brothers movies (and maybe others of the time, I have no idea) they have characters who disguise themselves as men, and somehow all the men can’t tell the difference simply because they’re wearing male clothing. I can understand that it serves the story so that’s fine… they could at least add some eyebrows and mustaches though 😛 But recently I’ve watched two movies where they literally cast females in the role of men, once a young girl as a young boy, and again in 14 Amazons a woman clearly in her 20s as a young boy! Just made me laugh, and wondered if there was a deeper cultural story or reason for it.
Yes, that does come up a lot! It has perplexed me quite a bit. I have wondered if it’s a cultural thing, too, but I’m afraid I have no answers to give. I can say that it’s not just Shaw Brothers movies, it’s throughout many Hong Kong films.
Hope you didn’t give up on this review series. As a life long Shaw fan, I’m enjoying this immensely.
Nope, definitely didn’t give up! When I finished 1975 about a month ago, I planned to take two weeks off. In that time, my beloved 18-year-old cat died and it’s taken me a while to get back into the swing of things. The next post will be up August 11th and should continue weekly from there. Thanks for expressing your love of the series, I appreciate it so much! It’s been quite the fun endeavor.
Challenge of the Gamesters is the Citizen Kane of Hong Kong Cinema.
Enjoying this series but if I can make a suggestion: add Stephen Chow’s 90s stuff on here. They were under released on the Shaw label and are worth watching.
Thanks for the feedback! I love Stephen Chow. Don’t have any plans to review them at the moment, but a while back I did a review of Justice, My Foot for the Shaw Brothers Universe site. Check it out here. I also wrote one for Out of the Dark for them, but they changed directions so I posted it on this site.
Just here to say I randomly found this site and love it. Great stuff! I haven’t seen the classic Kung Fu movies all, or close to it, but reading some of these reviews has me pumped!
Incredible. Yes, I’m going to comment just to say you are crazy!