Bloody Avengers places its standard-issue martial arts activities within a historical context. The film is set in 1900 China, at the height of the Boxer Rebellion. A group of fearless Chinese patriots ward off European incursionists armed with little more than fists and flailing feet. Kung-fu proves no match for firearms, but it does slow the enemy down a great deal. Alexander Fu-Sheng and Li Li-Hua play the principal roles in Bloody Avengers. —movies.nytimes.com
Chang Cheh (traditional Chinese: 張徹; simplified Chinese: 张彻; pinyin: Zhāng Chè) (February 10, 1923 – June 22, 2002) was Shaw Brothers Studio’s best known and most prolific film director, with such films as the Five Venoms, the Brave Archer (based on the works of Jin Yong), the One-Armed Swordsman, and other classics of wuxia and Kung Fu film.
Referred to as “The Godfather of Hong Kong cinema”, Chang Cheh directed over 100 films in his illustrious career at Shaw Brothers, which ran the gamut from swordplay films (One-Armed Swordsman, The Assassin, Golden Swallow) to kung fu films (Five Shaolin Masters, Five Venoms, Kid with the Golden Arms) to more modern period dramas (Chinatown Kid, Boxer From Shantung, The Generation Gap) to lavish costume epics (The Water Margin, The Heroic Ones, Boxer Rebellion).
After graduating from National Central University ( (later renamed Nanjing University in Nanjing and reinstated in Taiwan) in Chongqing (Chungking), where he studied politics… read more