The Sacred Scroll is stolen from Forbidden City and the Royal Eunuchs want it back. The scroll offers many supernatural powers to those who study it. The Eunuchs look for a scapegoat and decide to lay siege on a recently retired officer and try to escape censure from the authorities by killing him and his family and claiming he was a member of the Sun Moon Sect (a dangerous bunch of Highlanders). It is too late however, as Swordsman Ling and Kiddo are involved after travelling from the Wah Mountain. Ling and Kiddo manage to escape with special information, but the traitorous Zhor (Yuen Wah) and his five rangers are in hot pursuit. Ling and Kiddo leave on a boat with Lau (Wu Ma) and Elder Kuk (Lam Ching Ying). After a fight at sea, both Lau and Kuk are mortally wounded by Zhor and they pass on the score for the captivating ‘Hero of Heroes’. —hkcinema.co.uk
King Hu (traditional Chinese: 胡金銓; simplified Chinese: 胡金铨; pinyin: Hú Jīnquán, April 29, 1931 – January 14, 1997) was a Hong Kong and Taiwan-based Chinese film director whose Wuxia films brought Chinese cinema to new technical and artistic heights. It was his films Come Drink With Me (大醉侠, 1966) and Dragon Gate Inn (龍門客棧, 1967) which inaugurated a new generation of wuxia films in the late 1960s. He is also a noted scriptwriter and set designer.
Hu was born in Beijing to a line of well-established Mandarin family originated from Da Ming, Hebei. His grandfather was the governor of Henan in late Qing Dynasty. He emigrated to Hong Kong in 1949.
After moving to Hong Kong, Hu worked in a variety of occupations, such as advertising consultant, artistic designer and producer for a number of media companies, as well as a part-time English tutor. In 1958 he joined the Shaw Brothers Studio as set decorator, actor, scriptwriter and assistant director. Under the influence of Taiwanese… read more
Ching Siu-tung (born 1953), also known as Tony Ching, is a Hong Kong action choreographer, actor, film director and producer, who has directed over 20 films, including the critically acclaimed supernatural fantasy A Chinese Ghost Story (1987).
Ching began as an actor and martial arts instructor working in Hong Kong action cinema in the 1960s and 1970s (his father, Ching Gong, was a Shaw Brothers Studio director, and Ching Siu-tung had been trained in Peking opera as a child), but he made his directorial debut in 1982 with the ground-breaking wuxia classic Duel to the Death.
Ching worked with producer Tsui Hark on 1987’s A Chinese Ghost Story, which became an international sensation, although it was usually Tsui Hark who took most of the plaudits. He continued to work with Tsui Hark, directing sequels to that film in 1990 and 1991, and co-directing all three parts of the Swordsman series, starting in 1990. Other directorial highlights included the highly successful Royal… read more
A pivotal figure in the evolution of Hong Kong cinema, action virtuoso Tsui Hark was one of the most popular and influential filmmakers ever to emerge from the Pacific Rim motion-picture community. Famed for his work’s rapid-fire pacing, gymnastic camerawork, and visceral intensity, Hark also won acclaim for his rapier wit and impressive stylistic range, moving easily from the martial arts to gangster dramas to even romance. In addition to reviving the moribund swordfighting and kung-fu genres in the early ‘90s, he was also instrumental in bringing the special effects wizardry of Western filmmaking to the East, eventually following the lead of longtime friend and associate John Woo to Hollywood.
Born Xu Wen Guang in Vietnam in 1951, Hark made his first 8 mm amateur film at the age of 13. After relocating to Hong Kong in 1966, he later attended the University of Texas, graduating in 1969. The following year he directed a documentary, From Spikes to Spindles. After relocating to New… read more
Ann Hui On-Wah (simplified Chinese: 许鞍华; traditional Chinese: 許鞍華; pinyin: Xǔ Ānhuá; Hepburn: Kyo Anka; born 23 May 1947 to a Chinese father and a Japanese mother) is a Hong Kong film director, film producer and occasional screenwriter, one of the most critically acclaimed amongst the Hong Kong New Wave. She has a reputation for balancing commercial appeal with artistry.
Hui was born in Anshan, Liaoning, China and she moved to Macau, then to Hong Kong when she was five. She studied in St. Paul’s Convent School. She studied English language and literature and comparative literary studies in the University of Hong Kong until 1972, when she received her Masters, before spending two years in the London International Film School. Returning to Hong Kong in 1975, she entered TVB as a director, making many serials and documentaries on 16mm. During this time she in particular helped King Hu as an assistant on television. The most notable featurette she made during this period was Boy… read more