Upon its release in 1973, House of the 72 Tenants was so popular that it broke the box office records set by the films of legendary screen icon, Bruce Lee. Consequently, this big screen adaptation of a stage play is credited with changing the negative perception towards Cantonese language films, and thus becoming a landmark film in Hong Kong cinema history. It has even been said (rightly or not) that without this film, Stephen Chow would not have a career. Modern fans more familiar with Kung Fu Hustle than any Shaw Bros film will immediately recognize Pig Sty Alley’s predecessor in House of the 72 Tenants, as we find a cast of several dozen people crowded together in a crappy tenement slum. The place is ruled with an iron fist by its strict landlady, Pak Ku (Hu Chin), who along with her sleazy husband Chow Bing-Ken (Tien Ching), tries to exploit their tenants in whatever way they see fit. Full of satirical comedy and exaggerated humor, House of the 72 Tenants can be described as basically a celebration of the common man (and woman). The movie unfolds in a series of vaudeville-like bits, as an endless parade of characters march in and out of the narrative. –eyestrane.com
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