films seen
53/95
average score
2.43*
nationality
China - 79 years old
status
R.I.P. (1923 - 2002)
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The most prolific of all the Shaw Bros directors. His dedication to the martial arts genre is mythical, Chang's entire oeuvre is a testament to the Shaw Bros school of film making. Not the best of the bunch, but surely the most archetypical.

Solid pieces

Legend of the Fox

by Cheh Chang
Also known as
Fei Hu Wai Chuan
Specifics
Hong Kong [1980] - 129m
Genre
Drama, Action
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
Legend of the Fox poster

Invincible Shaolin

by Cheh Chang
Also known as
Nan Shao Lin yu Bei Shao Lin
Specifics
Hong Kong [1978] - 98m
Genre
Drama, Action
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
Invincible Shaolin poster

Life Gamble

by Cheh Chang
Also known as
Sheng Si Dou
Specifics
Hong Kong [1978] - 96m
Genre
Drama, Action
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
Life Gamble poster

Have Sword, Will Travel

by Cheh Chang
Also known as
Bao Biao
Specifics
Hong Kong [1969] - 101m
Genre
Drama, Romance, Action, Mystery, History
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
Have Sword, Will Travel poster

The inoffensive

Heaven and Hell

by Cheh Chang
Also known as
Di San Lei Da Dou
Specifics
Hong Kong [1980] - 88m
Genre
Fantasy, Action
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
Heaven and Hell poster

Consider this Cheh Chang's struggle for relevance. With the appeal of the Shaw Bros martial arts films dwindling, people like Chang finally had to reinvent themselves. Heaven and Hell is a mix of fantasy, martial arts and even some musical elements, but it takes a while to come into its own.

Five martial arts experts are unjustly thrown into hell. Not willing to give up, they struggle through the various levels of hell in order to reach Buddha. Once there, they plead to be resurrected. Buddha grants them their wish, but each of them has to fight and conquer the men who got them thrown into hell.

The hell scenes are the obvious stand-outs, though it's clear Chang isn't quite as gifted as Chor. The action is decent but not that remarkable, the musical bits early on feel superfluous. Luckily the film gets better as time passes and the second half is pretty fun, sporting some rather atypical Shaw Bros scenes.

The Magnificent Ruffians

by Cheh Chang
Also known as
Mai Ming Xiao Zi
Specifics
Hong Kong [1979] - 105m
Genre
Action
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
The Magnificent Ruffians poster

An entertaining and action-packed Cheh Chang film, but when you're already familiar with his work you won't find anything new here. It's always nice to see Chang do what he's good at, on the other hand when you see too many of these films in a short time span, it can get a little too repetitive.

The Magnificent Ruffians is a somewhat inconspicuous entry in Chang's oeuvre. It plays like a sort of blueprint of Chang's work, sporting a rather basic setup, followed by a bunch of training scenes and pre-finale brawls that lead up to a long and excessive showdown at the end of the film.

Performances are a little weaker than usually the case, the variety in fight choreographies makes up for that though. At 105 minutes, the film is a bit too long (these Shaw Bros films work best when they stay within the 90-minute limit), but overall this is another fun and entertaining film that is sure to appeal to any Shaw Bros fans out there.

Shaolin Rescuers

by Cheh Chang
Also known as
Jie Shi Ying Xiong
Specifics
Hong Kong [1979] - 110m
Genre
Comedy, Action
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
Shaolin Rescuers poster

The Daredevils

by Cheh Chang
Also known as
Za Ji Wang Ming Dui
Specifics
Hong Kong [1979] - 100m
Genre
Action
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
The Daredevils poster

One of Chang's lighter martial arts films. Quite a lot of acrobatics and demonstrations in this film, with much of the actual fighting being saved for the lengthy finale. A true Shaw Bros production and a typical film for Chang, which makes it a perfect entry-level film for people not yet familiar with his work. Good fun.

Crippled Avengers

by Cheh Chang
Also known as
Can Que
Specifics
Hong Kong [1978] - 107m
Genre
Drama, Action
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
Crippled Avengers poster

The Shaolin Avengers

by Cheh Chang
Also known as
Fang Shi Yu yu Hu Hui Qian
Specifics
Hong Kong, Taiwan [1976] - 97m
Genre
Action
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
The Shaolin Avengers poster

A fine Cheh Chang film. Chang does what he knows best and delivers a film with plenty of martial arts acrobatics. The Shaolin Avengers is exactly the type of film Chang got famous for, and with good reason. Martial arts is simply what Chang excels in, this film offers yet more proof of that.

Recently I've been watching some lesser known Chang films, films that often found Chang dabbling in different genres and settings. It's nice to return to his classic martial arts fare after that, because the different in quality is significant. There's a little drama here, but the majority of the film is spent on action scenes.

It's not just the classic martial arts stuff either, the ending has a bona fide pole fight, a personal favorite of mine. It's scenes like these that elevate this above about the countless other Shaw Bros offerings. While not a truly exceptional or spectacular film, The Shaolin Avengers is solid fun that is sure to appeal to fans of the Shaw Bros offerings.

Shaolin Temple

by Cheh Chang
Also known as
Shao Lin Si
Specifics
Hong Kong [1976] - 126m
Genre
Action
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
Shaolin Temple poster

Marco Polo

by Cheh Chang
Also known as
Ma Ko Po Lo
Specifics
Hong Kong, Taiwan [1975] - 103m
Genre
Action, Adventure, Biography
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
Marco Polo poster

Heroes Two

by Cheh Chang
Also known as
Fang Shi Yu yu Hong Xiguan
Specifics
Hong Kong [1974] - 93m
Genre
Action
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
Heroes Two poster

Happy to see another bona fide, vintage Cheh Chang martial arts flick from the seemingly endless Shaw Bros library. This is what Chang does best. Rebellion, revenge, historic settings and people kicking and punching each other. There's nothing original or surprising here, but Shaw Bros/martial arts fans are sure to have a blast with this one.

Men from the Monastery

by Cheh Chang
Also known as
Shao Lin Zi Di
Specifics
Hong Kong, Taiwan [1974] - 101m
Genre
Drama, Action
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
Men from the Monastery poster

Blood Brothers

by Cheh Chang
Also known as
Chi Ma
Specifics
Hong Kong [1973] - 118m
Genre
Drama, Action
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
Blood Brothers poster

Vengeance!

by Cheh Chang
Also known as
Bao Chou
Specifics
Hong Kong [1970] - 98m
Genre
Romance, Action
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
Vengeance! poster

A pretty kick-ass revenge flick. Chang's more contemporary films are usually among his weaker ones, but this one is clearly an exception to the rule. Just a smidgen too slow in places, but the action more than makes up for it. Some very lengthy and solid action scenes show why Chang became one of the Shaw Bros' leading men. Good fun.

Golden Swallow

by Cheh Chang
Also known as
Jin Yan Zi
Specifics
Hong Kong [1968] - 89m
Genre
Action, Martial Arts
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
Golden Swallow poster

Fine Cheh Chang film that looks surprisingly well for its age. It's a true Shaw Bros production, except for the many scenes that were shot on location. The martial arts is decent, the plot is nice enough and Chang sneaks in some pretty shots. Pretty much what you can expect from a decent SB film, only a tad more stylish.

The Magnificent Trio

by Cheh Chang
Also known as
Bian Cheng San Xia
Specifics
Hong Kong [1966] - 103m
Genre
Action
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
The Magnificent Trio poster

Not quite Chang's first film, but this is the oldest one that is easily accessible to his fans. It's not hard to see why, as The Magnificent Trio is a perfect blueprint for the following 20 years of Shaw Bros martial arts cinema and thus a film with some historic significance. But it's also just a pretty decent film regardless.

Like other early Chang films, the direction is surprisingly solid. It's probably a mix of the inability to quickly skip through yet to be established genre clich├ęs and the lack of pressure to deliver multiple films per year, but these older films often feel more finished and detailed than the 70s and early 80s ones.

That sounds great, but it also means the pacing is a bit slower and the martial arts scenes aren't that elaborate yet, which is kind of the reason why I like the Shaw Bros martial arts catalogue. It's the classic contradiction between good cinema and good genre cinema. That said, Chang films will still find plenty to like here.

Worthy but flawed

Ode to Gallantry

by Cheh Chang
Also known as
Xia Ke Hang
Specifics
Hong Kong [1982] - 83m
Genre
Action
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rating
2.5*/5.0*
Ode to Gallantry poster

A pretty basic Cheh Chang film. Not nearly enough action to be a stand-out entry in his oeuvre, but fans of the Shaw Bros films will find that the studio's usual charm is fully present. It's short and the pacing is decent, but for an 80s film I expected a bit more. Not the worst thing he's ever done, but rather forgettable.

House of Traps

by Cheh Chang
Also known as
Chong Xiao Lou
Specifics
Hong Kong [1982] - 95m
Genre
Action, Adventure
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rating
2.5*/5.0*
House of Traps poster

The Sword Stained with Royal Blood

by Cheh Chang
Also known as
Bi Xie Jian
Specifics
Hong Kong [1981] - 104m
Genre
Action
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rating
2.5*/5.0*
The Sword Stained with Royal Blood poster

Run-of-the-mill martial arts flick from Chang. The action is solid, but the film is at least 15 minutes too long, not in the least because it's mostly just added dialogue. The drama is very limited and breaks up the film once too often, apart from that it's a decent but ultimately forgettable Shaw Bros production.

Masked Avengers

by Cheh Chang
Also known as
Cha Shou
Specifics
Hong Kong [1981] - 92m
Genre
Drama, Action
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rating
2.5*/5.0*
Masked Avengers poster

The Flag of Iron

by Cheh Chang
Also known as
Tie Qi Men
Specifics
Hong Kong [1980] - 113m
Genre
Drama, Action
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rating
2.5*/5.0*
The Flag of Iron poster

The Rebel Intruders

by Cheh Chang
Also known as
Da Sha Si Fang
Specifics
Hong Kong [1980] - 99m
Genre
Action
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rating
2.5*/5.0*
The Rebel Intruders poster

Cheh Chang meets the new wave. Classis Shaw Bros martial arts with additional comedy bits, that feel like they were taken from a Jackie Chan/Woo-ping Yuen film. The result is pretty decent, but not as good as its peers. It's a decent Shaw Bros film, but it can't really distinguish itself from the many (many) others.

Five Deadly Venoms

by Cheh Chang
Also known as
Wu Du
Specifics
Hong Kong [1978] - 97m
Genre
Action
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rating
2.5*/5.0*
Five Deadly Venoms poster

Magnificent Wanderers

by Cheh Chang
Also known as
Jiang Hu Han Zi
Specifics
Hong Kong, Taiwan [1977] - 94m
Genre
Comedy, Action
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rating
2.5*/5.0*
Magnificent Wanderers poster

A decent Cheh Chang film. Nothing too out of the ordinary, but Shaw Bros addicts are sure to get their fix from this film. A couple of solid martial arts fights, some light comedy and a limited runtime so there's little time to get bored. It's remarkable how many of these films Chang directed, but they provide solid entertainment so who am I to complain.

The New Shaolin Boxers

by Cheh Chang, Wu Ma
Also known as
Cai Li Fa Xiao Zi
Specifics
Hong Kong, Taiwan [1976] - 96m
Genre
Action
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rating
2.5*/5.0*
The New Shaolin Boxers poster

It's a mix of the old and the new, but ultimately little more than basic Cheh Chang filler. The training sequences really feel like classic Chang, but the setting is a bit more modern. Not exactly contemporary, but clearly not the rural, historical setting we usually see in the Shaw Bros films.

There's plenty of martial arts action in New Shaolin Boxers, which is always a plus. The synchronized training sequences in particular jump out, but the fights themselves are nicely choreographed too. Add to that some familiar faces and most Cheng/Shaw Bros fans will have plenty to look forward to.

The romance and bits of drama in between though are of much lower quality, and slow the film down. Like many of Chang's films, the middle part drags a little, luckily it's a short film and it doesn't take too long before the finale kicks in. A pretty typical Cheh Chang film in other words, not bad, but not all that remarkable either.

Five Shaolin Masters

by Cheh Chang
Also known as
Shao Lin Wu Zu
Specifics
Hong Kong, Taiwan [1974] - 105m
Genre
Drama, Action
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rating
2.5*/5.0*
Five Shaolin Masters poster

The Delinquent

by Cheh Chang, Chih-Hung Kuei
Also known as
Fen Nu Qing Nian
Specifics
Hong Kong [1973] - 100m
Genre
Action
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rating
2.5*/5.0*
The Delinquent poster

Pretty fierce film. The drama doesn't work at all and the direction is so over-the-top that it almost feels like a parody of itself. But the action scenes do stand out and there's so much energy and drive that the film did win me over in the end. Not one of Chang's best, but one of his better films in a contemporary setting.

The New One-Armed Swordsman

by Cheh Chang
Also known as
Xin Du Bi Dao
Specifics
Hong Kong [1971] - 98m
Genre
Action
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rating
2.5*/5.0*
The New One-Armed Swordsman poster

Classic Cheh Chang martial arts romp, featuring one of the studios more famed martial arts heroes. The introduction is a bit long and uneventful, but in true Shaw Bros fashion the finale makes up for that. Not really a stand-out feature in Chang's oeuvre, but martial arts fans won't be disappointed by this one.

King Eagle

by Cheh Chang
Also known as
Ying Wang
Specifics
Hong Kong [1971] - 80m
Genre
Drama, Action
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rating
2.5*/5.0*
King Eagle poster

The Deadly Duo

by Cheh Chang
Also known as
Shuang Xia
Specifics
Hong Kong [1971] - 94m
Genre
Action, Adventure
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rating
2.5*/5.0*
The Deadly Duo poster

Run-of-the-mill Cheh Chang. One of his earlier works that mixes memorable scenes with unremarkable filler. No doubt the biggest Shaw Brow/Cheh Chang fans will find exactly what they're looking for in this film, but after seeing so many Shaw Bros films already it was tough to get really excited by it.

After some back and forth at the start of the film, a group of heroes tries to infiltrate an impregnable fortress. They have a map that shows them a secret route at the backside of the fortress, but to get there there they have to cross a dangerous bridge first. Not the most elaborate plot ever, but it does the job.

It's nice that Chang shot on location, the bridge scenes in particular stand out. Performances are mediocre though and the battles aren't all that exciting. The film is quite short, still the pacing feels a little sluggish at times. There simply isn't much plot and with the action being slightly subpar, the film fails to set itself apart.

The Flying Dagger

by Cheh Chang
Also known as
Fei Dao Shou
Specifics
Hong Kong [1969] - 103m
Genre
Action
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rating
2.5*/5.0*
The Flying Dagger poster

Very run-of-the-mill Shaw Bros production. Good versus evil, a basic plot that revolves around revenge and some martial arts action to resolve everything. Shaw Bros fans should know what to expect from Cheh Chang's films, others do well to seek out more prestigious Shaw Brow directors first.

Dubious filler

The Dancing Warrior

by Cheh Chang
Also known as
Pi Li Qing
Specifics
Hong Kong [1985] - 90m
Genre
Action
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rating
2.0*/5.0*
The Dancing Warrior poster

Cheh Chang tries to bring together dance and martial arts. And as I've said a couple of times before already, whenever Chang moves away from what he's known for, it tends to end badly. There are some good fight scenes here, but the combination with the dancing is done poorly and takes away from the action.

Performances aren't great, which is a problem when the action only makes up a small part of the film. The comedy isn't all that great either and the soundtrack is just plain terrible. Lame and cheesy songs that make the film a little too ridiculous (beyond what was intended to be funny).

I think a different director could've made something better of this film, as other films have shown that there is potential in mixing martial arts and dance. But Chang simply isn't the man for the job, especially not since he was nearing the end of his career when he made this film. There is some fun to be had, but overall it's not all that great.

Shanghai 13

by Cheh Chang
Also known as
Shang Hai Tan: Shi San Tai Bao
Specifics
Hong Kong, Taiwan [1984] - 90m
Genre
Action
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rating
2.0*/5.0*
Shanghai 13 poster

A film in two parts. The first part is a little slow and dull, a sluggish spy story set in a modern day martial arts setting. The 30-minute finale on the other hand is one big fight sequence that shows what Chang is best at: martial arts action. I still feel it works better in a more historic setting, but the killer here is the slow first hour.

The Demons

by Cheh Chang
Also known as
Jiu Zi Tian Mo
Specifics
Hong Kong, Taiwan [1984] - 95m
Genre
Action, Horror
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rating
2.0*/5.0*
The Demons poster

Brave Archer 4

by Cheh Chang
Also known as
Shen Diao Xia Lu
Specifics
Hong Kong [1982] - 100m
Genre
Romance, Action
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rating
2.0*/5.0*
Brave Archer 4 poster

Chinese Super Ninjas

by Cheh Chang
Also known as
Ren Zhe Wu Di
Specifics
Hong Kong [1982] - 107m
Genre
Drama, Action
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rating
2.0*/5.0*
Chinese Super Ninjas poster

Kid with the Golden Arm

by Cheh Chang
Also known as
Jin Bei Tong
Specifics
Hong Kong [1979] - 75m
Genre
Drama, Action
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rating
2.0*/5.0*
Kid with the Golden Arm poster

Shaolin Martial Arts

by Cheh Chang
Also known as
Hong Quan Yu Yong Chun
Specifics
Hong Kong [1974] - 106m
Genre
Drama, Action
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rating
2.0*/5.0*
Shaolin Martial Arts poster

The Pirate

by Cheh Chang, Hsueh Li Pao, Wu Ma
Also known as
Da Hai Dao
Specifics
Hong Kong [1973] - 92m
Genre
Drama, Action
More info on
rating
2.0*/5.0*
The Pirate poster

Boxer from Shantung

by Cheh Chang, Hsueh Li Pao
Also known as
Ma Yong Zhen
Specifics
Hong Kong [1972] - 94m
Genre
Drama, Romance, Action, Crime
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rating
2.0*/5.0*
Boxer from Shantung poster

Four Riders

by Cheh Chang
Also known as
Si Qi Shi
Specifics
Hong Kong [1972] - 104m
Genre
Action
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rating
2.0*/5.0*
Four Riders poster

It's not the first time I complain about a Cheh Chang film in a contemporary setting, I'm sure it won't be the last either. Though I will say, Four Riders feels a lot like heroic bloodshed avant-la-lettre, so Chang probably does deserve some credits there. Sadly the execution is pretty flat and not at all heroic.

It's almost too clean and neat, which isn't ideal for an action film. It's nice that Chang tries to incorporate some social critique for example, but it feels out of place and ends up slowing things down unnecessarily. The action scenes are decent, but nothing too spectacular and too far apart to keep the film interesting.

The bottom line is that Chang doesn't do serious very well. He's at his best when martial arts heroes are flying around while taking revenge on some illustrious bad guy. Four Riders is a film that tries to tackle a little extra, but ends up poorer for it. I wouldn't be surprised though if John Woo considers this one of his favorites.

The Heroic Ones

by Cheh Chang
Also known as
Shi San Tai Bao
Specifics
Hong Kong [1970] - 117m
Genre
Drama, Action, War, History
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rating
2.0*/5.0*
The Heroic Ones poster

The One-Armed Swordsman

by Cheh Chang
Also known as
Du Bei Dao
Specifics
Hong Kong [1967] - 111m
Genre
Drama, Action
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rating
2.0*/5.0*
The One-Armed Swordsman poster

Plain forgettable

Chinatown Kid

by Cheh Chang
Also known as
Tang Ren Jie Xiao Zi
Specifics
Hong Kong [1977] - 115m
Genre
Action
More info on
rating
1.5*/5.0*
Chinatown Kid poster

Cheh Chang doing something different. In contrast with the typical Shaw Bros production, Chinatown Kid moves its actors to a more contemporary (read 70s) setting. It's clear that Chang didn't feel entirely comfortable directing this film though, as the plot is poor and the action scenes aren't good enough to compensate. One of his lesser efforts.

The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires

by Roy Ward Baker, Cheh Chang
Specifics
Hong Kong, UK [1974] - 89m
Genre
Action, Horror
More info on
rating
1.5*/5.0*
The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires poster

Hammer meet Shaw Bros. Two legendary production companies working on a single films sounds appealing, but the result is lackluster and troubled. Mediocre martial arts scenes, terrible practical effects and a dull mix of Western and Eastern mythology make this is project a failure. I'm not surprised their cooperation was short-lived.

Police Force

by Cheh Chang, Yang Ming Tsai
Also known as
Jing Cha
Specifics
Hong Kong [1973] - 107m
Genre
Action, Crime
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rating
1.5*/5.0*
Police Force poster

A poor crime/thriller by Cheh Chang. The action scenes are decent but not all that noteworthy, and they are few and far between. The thriller and crime elements are poor though and tend to drag. The film is too long, has pacing issues and a cast that can't make an impression. Definitely not Chang's best work.

The Angry Guest

by Cheh Chang
Also known as
E Ke
Specifics
Hong Kong [1972] - 89m
Genre
Action, Thriller
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rating
1.5*/5.0*
The Angry Guest poster

I sometimes complain that many of the Shaw Bros films are too much alike, the problem is that when they try to do something else, it often ends up worse than their core offerings. This contemporary brawler is pretty dull and lifeless. Without all the typical martial arts drama and the historic settings, Chang's films just aren't that good.

The Anonymous Heroes

by Cheh Chang
Also known as
Wu Ming Ying Xiong
Specifics
Hong Kong [1971] - 103m
Genre
Action
More info on
rating
1.5*/5.0*
The Anonymous Heroes poster

Cheh Chang trying out a different kind of action cinema. And somewhat predictably, it doesn't end well. The focus on plot kills the first part of the film, the overreliance on gunfights weakens the second part. Chang is a very solid martial arts director, but he should stick to what he knows best. This was a pretty disappointing film.

Duel of Fists

by Cheh Chang
Also known as
Quan Ji
Specifics
Hong Kong [1971] - 102m
Genre
Action
More info on
rating
1.5*/5.0*
Duel of Fists poster

The one where Cheh Chang tries out kickboxing. Not really his strong point I'm afraid. It seems that he was desperately trying to branch out during the early 70s, luckily he changed his mind soon after. The plot is pretty dull, the acting quite poor and the action doesn't help to cover up any of that.

The Singing Killer

by Cheh Chang
Also known as
Xiao Sha Xing
Specifics
Hong Kong [1970] - 90m
Genre
Thriller, Crime
More info on
rating
1.5*/5.0*
The Singing Killer poster

Chang trying to make it in the crime/thriller genre. There are almost no fights here, instead we get a singer who becomes a murder suspect and has to prove his innocence. Chang isn't really cut out for this material though and the film feels a little sluggish and expected. It's best to stick with his martial arts films.

Big nopes

The Generation Gap

by Cheh Chang
Also known as
Pan Ni
Specifics
Hong Kong [1973] - 112m
Genre
Romance
More info on
rating
1.0*/5.0*
The Generation Gap poster

Chang's worst film so far, which is quite a thing to say after having seen nearly 50 of his films. Chang is best known for his martial arts work, but from time to time he tried something different. Understandable, but it never really amounted to anything. Chang goes full-on drama/romance here, with disastrous results.

Casting a martial arts icon in a dramatic role is always a risk, but it's David Chiang's love interest who really messes things up. Not only is Agnes Chan a pretty bad actress, she's also a terrible singer. And this films features quite a few English pop songs covered by Chan. To call it grating is actually an understatement.

The plot about a forbidden (or at least frowned upon) love isn't very interesting either, especially not without any good performances to support it. The titular generation gap is never properly explored and the few action scenes that are here only underline the complete incompetence of this film. For completists only.