• The 36th Chamber Of Shaolin

    Jul 3, 2015

    Liu Chia Liang’s ‘The 36th Chamber Of Shaolin’ is an important cinematic moment and remains influential not just in Hong Kong film-making, but also globally.

  • The Cavalier

    May 28, 2015

    ‘The Cavalier’ is a below par effort from Joseph Kuo, a director who should know better.

  • The Chinese Boxer

    Feb 28, 2015

    Although dated, ‘The Chinese Boxer’ is historically fascinating and provides an interesting point of reference to the many films that would follow.

  • The Emperor And His Brother

    Mar 10, 2015

    Despite being made in the early 80s, the choreography lacks the invention and energy common to this era. This, for many viewers, may be the main problem that hinders ‘The Emperor And His Brother’.

  • The Idiot Swordsman

    Mar 28, 2015

    ‘The Idiot Swordsman’ is a disappointing use of cast and concept, choosing to tread very tired ground rather than explore the full potential of the story.

  • The Jade Tiger

    Apr 1, 2015

    Even fans of the convoluted martial world of the swordplay genre may find ‘Jade Tiger’ a tiresome 90 minutes.

  • The Lady Hermit

    Mar 12, 2018

    ‘The Lady Hermit’ still manages to stand up well decades on as an extremely entertaining, if not extremely gory, example of the Shaw Brothers armed combat films in their prime.

  • The Magnificent Trio

    Apr 19, 2015

    With a director of considerable merit, a cast of fine performers and action that, while not exactly trail-blazing, is certainly very watchable, ‘The Magnificent Trio’ is another good release from Celestial.

  • The Occupant

    May 5, 2015

    ‘The Occupant’ doesn’t appear to be sure if it wants to be a horror or a comedy as while it is genuinely funny, this does tend to undermine the horror elements.

  • The Reckless Cricket

    Mar 14, 2022

    Episodic and pantomimic, this is a series of not especially interesting scenes sewn together with a completely uninvolving main narrative.

  • The Sword And The Lute

    Jun 6, 2015

    If you enjoyed the previous two films or perhaps have an affinity for the more old fashioned Shaw Brothers movies, then you’ll no doubt find something to appreciate in ‘The Sword And The Lute’.

  • The Thundering Sword

    Jun 12, 2015

    While it hasn’t aged well in comparison to ‘Come Drink With Me’ and even some of Chang Cheh’s early work, it still proves to be a mildly diverting Shaw Brothers’ swordplay film.