A godfather meets a romantic killer against a backdrop of traditional chivalry. An ingénue falls for an assassin with a penchant for poetry. Vicious fight sequences are set against poetic scenery, a contrast that brings a sense of modernity to the ancient genre.
Based on the 1970s martial arts novel by well-known Taiwanese author Gu Long, the success of director Chu Yuan’s adaptation triggered a craze for bringing Gu’s works to the big screen. Gu effectively reinvented wuxia, injecting it with a new lease of life; in Killer Clans, The Godfather meets a romantic killer, against a backdrop of traditional martial arts chivalry. An ingenue falls for an assassin with a penchant for poetry, and the film follows the ups and downs of their fights and schemes. In building the set, Chu gave full reign to his artistic sensibilities – vicious fight sequences are set incongruously against his whimsical poetic scenery; such contrast brings an unprecedented sense of modernity to this ancient genre. –Rotterdam
Zhang Baojian (born September 16, 1934), better known as Chor Yuen, is a Hong Kong-based Chinese film director, screenwriter and actor.
His father was a famed Cantonese film actor. After studying in the Department of Chemistry in Zhongsha University for 3 years, Chor joined the movie industry as a writer in 1956. His film debut was “The Soul Stealer” directed by Ng Wui. Soon he began working as an assistant director and finally debuted as a director with Chin Chien in the film “Bloodshed in the Valley of Love” in 1957. “Grass by the Lake” (1959) was his first film in solitaire. In 1970, after more than 70 Cantonese films, Chor directed and wrote his first Mandarin “wuxia” film, “Cold Blade”, which attracted the attention of the major Chinese film studio at that time, Shaw Bros., so in 1971 Chor finally joined that studio. In 1976 he began his long series of adaptations of Ku Lung’s novels with “Killer Clans”, which gave him an international reputation. —IMDb