The Shaolin temple has been destroyed by the Daoist priest, Pai Mei. If Hong Xiguan and his son are to seek out Pai Mei and avenge their master, they must first locate the flaw in Pai Mei’s ‘Golden Bell Shield and Iron Cloth’ fighting technique. In Executioners from Shaolin, director Lau Kar Leung – himself a disciple of the ‘Hung Kuen Fist’ school – choreographs a unique blend of this technique with Crane and Tiger kungfu stunts. Pai Mei’s Golden Bell Shield ability to retract his private parts into his groin in battle is incredible enough, but Lau’s inclusion of Chinese medicinal concepts transforms the film into a truly stunning visual spectacle. Lau’s use of the ’Triangle stance’ from the Chinese martial art ‘Wing Chun’ to illustrate the relationship between Hong and his wife is another masterful touch, and an example of Lau’s remarkable ability to reflect the personalities and lifestyles of his characters in his kungfu routines. –Rotterdam
Liu Chia – liang born July 28, 1936 in Guangzhou, Guangdong) is a famous Hong Kong martial arts filmmaker, choreographer, and actor.
He is best known for his movies which he made during the 1970s and 1980s for the Shaw Brothers Studio. One of his most famous films is The 36th Chamber of Shaolin which starred his martial brother, Lau Kar-fai, as well as Drunken Master II which starred Jackie Chan
Before becoming famous, Liu worked as an extra and choreographer on the black & white Wong Fei Hung movies. He teamed up with fellow Wong Fei Hung choreographer Tong Gaai on the 1963 Hu Peng wuxia picture South Dragon, North Phoenix. Their collaboration would continue on until the mid-1970s.
In the 1960s he became one of Shaw Brothers’ main choreographers and had a strong working relationship with director Chang Cheh, working on many of Chang’s movies as a choreographer (often alongside Tong Gaai) including The One-Armed Swordsman, as well as other Shaw Bros. wuxia pictures… read more
Sexuality and masculinity in the martial arts genre. Liu Chia-Liang delivers everything you could need in his third film. Also, Pai Mei is a boss.
Not one of my favorite Shaw Brothers films but it debuts the character of Pai Mei, the long-browed and nearly invincible kung fu master who would go on to appear in many other martial arts movies. Pei Mei really seemed to capture the public's imagination. He is also the source of inspiration for Gordon Liu's character in the Kill Bill movies.