Wednesday, July 16, 2008

305 CREATION : ' Ching Li Special '

Shaw Brothers

" Ching Li Special " ...

See there

beyond the Hill

the bright colours of the Rainbow

some Magic from above

made this day for Us

just to Fall In Love ...

304 SB KUNG FU : ‘ Shaolin Temple ‘

‘ Shaolin Temple ‘

Cast : Fu Sheng , David Chiang , Ti Lung , Chi Kwan-chun , Yueh Hua , Shih Sze
Director : Chang Cheh


Three anti-Qing heroes Hung Hsi-kuan, Fang Shih-yu and Hu Hui-chien successfully admitted into the Shaolin temple, hoping to master one form of their legendary kung fu. However their dreams began to shatter as they were assigned innocuous tasks that were meant to shape them for their future training …

Meanwhile , the ruling Qing sent their spies into Shaolin temple to check the existence of the rebels …

A simple plot with great cast ! Endless scenes of impressive kung fu training but with a bittersweet ending !

Rating : 4 stars of 5

303 REVIEW : ‘ The Song Fest ‘

‘ The Song Fest ‘

Cast : Margaret Tu Chuan, Chiao Chuang
Director :


The son of a royal family came in between a passionate tea picker and a charming fisherman who had fallen for each other since young. When he made a marriage proposal to the pretty tea picker, she challenged him to a singing competition where the winner would be the bridegroom-to-be …

A simple love story, filled with many varied wonderful music ( both huang mei diao and san ker ) and gorgeous shots of scenic Sun Moon Lake ( Taiwan ), makes this a great spectacular classic not to be missed. The singing competition between the tea-picker and her suitors is just fantastic, bizarre and hilarious… although the movie is rather a short one, running time only 1 hr 15 mins ….

Rating : 4 stars of 5

302 SB ROMANCE : ‘ Sorrow Of The Gentry ‘

‘ Sorrow Of The Gentry ‘

Cast : Li Ching , Yueh Hua , Ling Yun , Ching Li , Tsung Hua , Wang Ping
Director : Chu Yuan


A tragic tale of the large Yang clan, the ups and downs, the loves and losses…

The Yang master had four sons. The eldest son died at young age, leaving behind his wife to suffer in silence. The second son was timid and indecisive as he did not fight for his marriage rights . The third was a gambler who took an actress as his concubine and thus aroused the jealousy of his legal wife. The youngest son was a progressive young man with his own perceptions but had fallen in love with his already attached maid .

The complications of their family affairs started with the return of the eldest daughter-in-law’s ex-lover and the second son’s old flame to the mansion and the conspiracy of the evil daughter-in-laws to harm the family ....

Rating : 3 stars of 5

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

301 DIRECTOR : Lo Wei

(07) Shaw Bros Director – Lo Wei

Lo Wei, a multi-talented director of the ‘60s~’70s who wrote, directed and co-starred in a series of acclaimed movies at Shaw Studios.

His swordplay movies:

In his mega-hit “Brothers Five”, Lo Wei teamed with six Shaw Studio top artistes Cheng Pei-pei, Yueh Hua, Lo Lieh, Chang Yi, Kao Yuan and Chin Han for this fabulous tale of a swordswoman out to reunite the brothers to avenge for their father’s brutal death. Their collaboration was remarkable !.

He reunited the star duo Cheng Pei-pei and Yueh Hua for his classic action adventure “ The Shadow Whip “ which implicated multiple murders and a heist. This made another box office hit of the ‘70s.

His frostbitten swordswoman out to avenge her parents’ death in “ Vengeance Of A Snow Girl “ was a memorable figure. Cheng Pei-pei’s dual roles as mother and daughter in ‘The Dragon Swamp’ were a success under his solid direction. Angela Yu exuded her charisma as the scheming seductive villain in his “ Death Valley ”.

His suspense thrillers:

In the 60's, Lo Wei created a Hong Kong version’s James Bond in “The Golden Buddha” . Paul Cheung was his hero where he revolved with sexy woman, secret weapons, hidden treasure and cunning foe.

In another thriller ‘Angel With Iron Fists’, Lo Wei made Lily Ho punched, kicked and bombarded with explosives. Lily Ho thus became the dashing female 'Bond' of the East.

Lo Wei, my another all-time favorite director!

Sunday, July 13, 2008

300 SPECIAL ...

300th SPECIAL …

Phew ! Another ‘ hundred ’ goal met ! Hehe …

Well, let’s recall what changes were made since the 200th post.

One obvious change is the ‘ appearance ’ of the blog. I supposed it is now more ‘pleasant’ for viewing after several hours of tedious touch-up job … lol …

Next is about my creations. 10 additional self-created mvs were published recently. A brief retrospect to these creations, I presumed there were some significant improvements in terms of video / screen capture, photos / songs selection, lyrics (in Chinese) and many more… lol…

Based on Youtube viewing rates, the popular mvs are as follows:

(1) Romancing Once More
(2) Romancing Once More II … ‘ Qiong Yao Romance ‘
(3) Classic Romance

This could be a good indicator to prepare myself for my future creations… More mvs on Taiwan Romance Stars huh ?! Hehe…

Again, many thanks to Ivy proboard members especially Diane, Amelia, Joyce, Angel, Terence and Ivan for their continual support. It is always good to exchange pointers on the movie reviews or comment on my creations. Would appreciate if I could hear your expectations of my creations… hehe…

Okie, before I pen-off, let’s share one of my favorite past creations with all…’favorite’ as it was a challenging project to-date.. hehe …

299 SB KUNG FU : ‘ 5 Tough Guys ‘

‘ 5 Tough Guys ‘

Cast : Chen Kuan-tai , Ling Yun , Lily Ho , Frankie Wei
Director : Pao Hsueh-li


Five patriotic heroes gathered together to protect a general from a scheming usurper. They set off on a perilous journey to a distant consulate where there were enemies and Japanese interference along their way …

Impressive fight choreography and dashing performances from the leads!

Rating : 3 1/2 stars of 5

298 SB SWORDSPLAY '70s : ‘ Clan Of Amazons ‘

‘ Clan Of Amazons ‘

Cast : Liu Yong, Ching Li, Ling Yun, Yueh Hua, Shih Sze
Director : Chu Yuan


An inquisitive fighter cum detective was called upon to trail a dreaded bandit who had plunged the martial world into terror. The only clue was a piece of embroidered silk left behind after the bandit had wounded the victims …

Rating : 3 1/2 stars of 5

297 TAIWAN ROMANCE : ‘ Up To The Rainbow ‘

Up To The Rainbow ‘

Cast : Lin Ching-hsia , Chin Hsiang-lin , Ma Yong-lin
Director : Kao Shan-lan


The son of a wealthy man married a peasant’s daughter against his family’s objection . When he became a successful author, his wife felt belittled and fearsome as their social status gap had widen . Thus she willingly accepted his sister’s proposal to change her appearance so as to match his current status …

Adapted from Qiong Yao’s novel, this movie has impressive choreography and wonderful songs sang by Fong Fei-fei.

Rating : 3 ½ stars of 5

296 HK MOVIE '90s : ‘ Fight Back To School '

‘ Fight Back To School '

Type :

One-word description :

Stars :
Stephen Chow , Ng Man-tat

Director :

Gordon Chan

About :
A veteran SDU cop was tasked to take undercover in a high school to trail a missing gun that belonged to his superior. His nightmare began when he encountered many bratty kids, evil triads and annoying teachers ….

Main reason to see this movie :
A mega-hit comedy of the ‘90s !

Rating :
4 stars of 5