Shaw Brothers Films List

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Shaw Brothers Martial Arts FilmsThe Shaw Brothers made over 1000 films before they left the film industry in 1987 to concentrate on television production. They resumed film production in 2009. The Shaw Brothers are best known in the west for Shaw Brothers martial arts films. The Shaw Brothers included Runje, Runme, and Runde and Run Run Shaw.

Editors note: The Shaw Brothers Films List is a work in progress.

Temple of the Red Lotus (1965) [Jiang hu qi xia]
In Temple of the Red Lotus (1965), Yu Wang plays Kan Lien Chu, a youth who travels to Dragon Valley to meet a childhood friend who was promised as his bride. After arriving, he discovers that the family of the bride might not be an entirely honest. What is the story behind their feud with the monks at the Temple Of The Red Lotus, for a start? Read More

Director: Teng Hung Hsu [as Jang-Hung Siu]
Writers: Buxiaosheng Pingjiang (original story), Chiang Shen (screenplay)
Stars: Ping Chin, Yu Wang (Jimmy Wang Yu), Bo-Bo Fung, Ivy Ling Po

The Twin Swords (1965) [Yuan yang jian xia]
The must see sequel to Temple of the Red Lotus (1965), The Twin Swords (1965) is about a couple, Gui Xiaowu and Gan Lianzhu, who are secretly eloping when they discover that women are being captured. They set off to help, but fall into a series of traps set by the Red Lotus Clan. When Lianzhu is captured, Xiaowu must return home to face Lianzhu’s father so he can get help from the rest of the Gan family – which is what the Red Lotus Clan had planned all along. Read More

Director: Teng Hung Hsu (as Sui Jang Hung)
Writers: Buxiaosheng Pingjiang (original story), Chiang Shen
Stars: Ping Chin, Yu Wang, Bo-Bo Fung, Lieh Lo, Ivy Ling Po

Come Drink With Me (1966) [Da zui xia]
Come Drink With Me is based on a Beijing Opera entitled The Drunken Beggar. A group of bandits kidnaps the governor’s son and demands their imprisoned leader to be set free in exchange. Read More

Director: King Hu (as King Chuan)
Writers: King Hu (as King Chuan), Shan-Hsi Ting (as Ye Yang)
Stars: Pei-Pei Cheng, Hua Yueh, Chih-Ching Yang

The Knight of Knights (1966) [Wen Suchen]
The Knight of Knights (1966) takes place during the Ming Dynasty in China where King Jing enters into an agreement with Imperial Eunuch Pei to increase Jing’s power and influence in southern China. King Jing has the ultimate goal of usurping the power of the Emperor. To make sure this happens, King Jing enlists the aid of bandits led by Minkong as well as Governor Wang, the Governor of the southern province of Haimin. Read More

Director: Chun Hsieh
Writer: Cheh Chang
Stars: Chuang Chiao, Lily Ho, Ching Lee, Lei Cheng, Liang Hua Liu

The Magnificent Trio (1966) [Bian cheng san xia]
The Magnificent Trio (1966) takes place during the late Ming Dynasty. A heroic swordsman named Lu Fang (Jimmy Wang Yu) returns home from battle to discover that several poor farmers have kidnapped a ruthless local magistrate’s only daughter in an attempt to force the magistrate to stop making them pay extremely high taxes causing them to live in abject povery. On top of the high rate of taxation, the magistrate has held back an important petition created by the towns people that should have been given to the Magistrate’s superiors. Lu Fang decides to join their cause and help the towns people.

The magistrate is unable to get his daughter, so he hires bandits, assassins, and another fighter named Huang Liang (Cheng Lui) to get his daughter back. Huang Liang quickly recognizes Lu Fang from past battles on the frontier and joins Lu Fang in fighting the bandits and assassins.

The standoff comes to an abrupt end when the magistrate threatens the life of one of the farmer’s daughters. Lu Fang convinces the magistrate to punish him in place of the farmers. Then Lu finds out that he has been lied to. The magistrate’s daughter (Chin Ping) and a peerless fighter (Lo Lieh), along with Huang, help Lu Fang to escape and recover the petition. Finally, our heroes make sure that the petition will get to a higher-ranking official so that the town’s suffering, starvation, and unfair taxation can end.

Director: Cheh Chang
Writer: Cheh Chang
Stars: Ping Chin, Margaret Tu Chuan, Fanny Fan

That Man In Chang-An (1967) [Meng mian da xia]
That Man In Chang-An (1967) is a romantic Han Dynasty adventure epic about a dying Emperor, an Evil Queen, a beautiful Princess, a dastardly royal nephew, and a masked hero, with plots and counter-plots galore, complete with cliffhangers and last-second rescues.

Director: Chun Yen
Writer: Shan-Hsi Ting (screenplay) (as Yang Erh)
Stars: Jin Kyu Kim, Yin Fang, No-shik Park

The Assassin (1967) [Da ci ke]
A famed swordsman is forced to go into hiding after his school is destroyed by rivals.

Director: Cheh Chang
Writers: Cheh Chang, Kuang Ni
Stars: Yu Wang, Chiao Chiao, Hsiang Chun Li

King Cat (1967) [Qi xia wu yi]
King Cat (1967) takes place during the Song dynasty. After the upright prefect Bao Zheng executed Pang Yu for embezzlement, the grand tutor Pang Ji sent assassins to avenge his son’s death. A chivalrous man, Zhan Zhao the “Southern Hero”, saved Bao and was conferred the title “King Cat” by the emperor. This title invoked the jealousy and anger of Bai Yutang the “Brocade-Coated Rat” – as rats were considered cat food – who went to the capital Kaifeng (also known as Bianjing) to challenge Zhan.

Director: Teng Hung Hsu
Writers: Yu-Kun Shi (story), Shan-Hsi Ting (screenplay)
Stars: Pat Ting Hung, Chuang Chiao, Yi Chang

The One-Armed Swordsman (1967) [Du bei dao]
In The One-Armed Swordsman (1967), a noble swordsman, whose arm had been chopped off, returns to his former teacher to defend him from a villainous gang of rival swordsmen.

Director: Cheh Chang
Writers: Cheh Chang, Kuang Ni
Stars: Yu Wang, Chiao Chiao, Chung-Hsin Huang

Rape of the Sword (1967) [Dao jian]
In Rape of the Sword (1967) an experienced heroine, Li Li-Hua, plays a swords-woman out to reclaim her murdered husband’s “Green Sword,” the sharpest blade in the world. Li Li-hua’s student, (Li Ching) must take up the fight when her teacher falters.

Director: Feng Yueh (as Griffin Yueh Fung)
Writer: Po Yi Wang
Stars: Li Hua Li, Ching Lee, Chuang Chiao

The Silent Swordsman (1967)

The Sword and the Lute (1967)

The Thundering Sword (1967)

The Trail of the Broken Blade (1967)

The Bells of Death (1968)

Black Butterfly (1968)

Death Valley (1968)

The Fastest Sword (1968)

Golden Swallow (1968)

The Jade Raksha (1968)

Killer Darts (1968)

The Magnificent Swordsman (1968)

The Silver Fox (1968)

The Sword of Swords (1968)

That Fiery Girl (1968)

Dragon Swamp (1969)

The Flying Dagger (1969)

The Golden Sword (1969)

Have Sword, Will Travel (1969)

The Invincible Fist (1969)

Killers Five (1969)

Raw Courage (1969)

Return of the One-Armed Swordsman (1969)

The Swordmates (1969)

Twelve Deadly Coins (1969)

Twin Blades of Doom (1969)

Vengeance Is a Golden Blade (1969)

Lady of Steel (1970)

Brothers Five (1970)

The Chinese Boxer (1970)

The Golden Knight (1970)

Heads for Sale (1970)

The Heroic Ones (1970)

The Iron Buddha (1970)

The Secret of the Dirk (1970)

Swordswomen Three (1970)

A Taste of Cold Steel (1970)

The Twelve Gold Medallions (1970)

Valley of the Fangs (1970)

Vengeance! (1970)

The Wandering Swordsman (1970)

The Winged Tiger (1970)

The Crimson Charm (1971)

The Deadly Duo (1971)

Duel of the Iron Fist (1971)

Duel for Gold (1971)

Duel of Fists (1971)

The Eunuch (1971)

The Golden Seal (1971)

The Jade Faced Assassin (1971)

King Eagle (1971)

The Lady Hermit (1971)

Lady With a Sword (1971)

The Long Chase (1971)

The Mighty One (1971)

The New One-Armed Swordsman (1971)

The Oath of Death (1971)

The Rescue (1971)

The Shadow Whip (1971)

Six Assassins (1971)

The Swift Knight (1971)

Swordsman at Large (1971)

Vengeance of a Snow Girl (1971)

The 14 Amazons (1972)

The Angry Guest (1972)

Black Tavern(1972)

Boxer From Shantung (1972)

The Deadly Knives (1972)

Delighful Forest (1972)

The Devil’s Mirror (1972)

Finger of Doom (1972)

The Imperial Swordsman (1972)

The Sacred Knives of Vengeance (1972)

Five Fingers of Death (1972)

The Lizard (1972)

Man of Iron (1972)

Pursuit (1972)

The Thunderbolt Fist (1972)

Trilogy of Swordsmanship (1972)

The Water Margin (1972)

The Young Avenger(1972)

Ambush (1973)

The Bastard (1973)

Blood Brothers (1973)

Call to Arms (1973)

Street Gangs of Hong Kong (1973)

The Golden Lion (1973)

Heroes of Sung (1973)

The Iron Bodyguard (1973)

The Master of Kung Fu (1973)

The Pirate (1973)

Five Shaolin Masters (1974)

Five Tough Guys (1974)

Heroes Two (1974)

The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires (1974)
co-production with Hammer Studios

Men From the Monastery (1974)

Na Cha the Great (1974)

Rivals of Kung Fu (1974)

The Shadow Boxer (1974)

Shaolin Martial Arts (1974)

The Savage Five (1974)

Village of Tigers (1974)

The Young Rebel (1975)

The Flying Guillotine (1975)

All Men Are Brothers (1975)

Black Magic (1975)

The Bloody Escape (1975)

Disciples of Shaolin (1975)

Lady of the Law (1975)

Marco Polo (1975)

The Protectors (1975)

The Spiritual Boxer (1975)

The Super Inframan (1975)

Big Bad Sis (1976)

Boxer Rebellion (1976)

Challenge of the Masters (1976)

The Dragon Missile (1976)

Killer Clans (1976)

The Magic Blade (1976)

New Shaolin Boxers (1976)

The Drug Connection (1976)

The Shaolin Avengers (1976)

Shaolin Temple (1976)

The Web of Death (1976)

Clans of Intrigue (1977)

The Battle Wizard (1977)

The Brave Archer (1977)

Chinatown Kid (1977)

Death Duel (1977)

Executioners from Shaolin (1977)

The Jade Tiger (1977)

Judgement of an Assassin (1977)

Magnificent Wanderers (1977)

Pursuit of Vengeance (1977)

The Sentimental Swordsman (1977)

Flying Guillotine 2 (1978)

Soul of the Sword (1978)

The Vengeful Beauty (1978)

The 36th Chamber of Shaolin (1978)

The Avenging Eagle (1978)

The Brave Archer Part II (1978)

Clan Of Amazons (1978)

Crippled Avengers (1978)

Five Superfighters (1979)

The 5 Deadly Venoms (1978)

Heaven sword And Dragon Sabre (1978)

Heaven Sword and Dragon Sabre, Part II (1978)

Invincible Shaolin (1978)

Legend Of The Bat (1978)

The Proud Youth (1978)

Shaolin Hand Lock (1978)

Shaolin Mantis (1978)

Swordsman And Enchantress (1978)

Life Gamble (1979)

The Brothers (1979)

The Daredevils (1979)

The Deadly Breaking Sword (1979)

Dirty Ho (1979)

Full Moon Scimitar (1979)

Heroes of the East (1979)

The Kid with the Golden Arm (1979)

The Kung Fu Instructor (1979)

Mad Monkey Kung Fu (1979)

The Magnificent Ruffians (1979)

Murder Plot (1979)

The Proud Twins (1979)

Abbot of Shaolin (1979)

Spiritual Boxer, Part II (1979)

Shaolin Rescuers (1979)

Monkey Kung Fu (1979)

Ten Tigers of Kwang Tung (1979)

The Tigress Of Shaolin (1979)

The Boxer From the Temple (1979)

Bat Without Wings (1980)

Heroes Shed No Tears (1980)

The Fighting Fool (1980)

Fist of the White Lotus (1980)

Iron Chain Assassin (1980)

Coward Bastard (1980)

A Deadly Secret (1980)

The Flag of Iron (1980)

Heaven and Hell (1980)

The Kid With a Tattoo (1980)

Killer Constable (1980)

Legend of the Fox (1980)

The Master (1980)

The Rebel Intruders (1980)

Rendezvous With Death (1980)

Return to the 36th Chamber (1980)

Swift Sword (1980)

Two Champions of Shaolin (1980)

Bloody Parrot (1981)

The Brave Archer Part III (1981)

The Duel of the Century (1981)

The Emperor and His Brother (1981)

Lion vs. Lion (1981)

Martial Club(1981)

Masked Avengers (1981)

My Young Auntie (1981)

Return of the Sentimental Swordsman (1981)

The Sword Stained with Royal Blood(1981)

What Price Honesty? (1981)

Ambitious Kung Fu Girl (1981)

Treasure Hunters (1981)

Clan Feuds (1982)

House of Traps (1982)

Perils of the Sentimental Swordsman (1982)

The Brave Archer and His Mate (1982)

Buddha’s Palm (1982)

Cat vs. Rat (1982)

Five Element Ninjas (1982)

Gang Master (1982)

Human Lanterns (1982)

Kid From Kwangtung (1982)

The Lady Assassin (1983)

Legendary Weapons of China (1982)

My Rebellious Son (1982)

Ode to Gallantry (1982)

Shaolin Prince (1982)

The Spirit of the Sword (1982)

Portrait in Crystal (1983)

The Weird Man (1983)

Bastard Swordsman (1983)

The Boxer’s Omen(1983)

Demon of the Lute (1983)

Descendant of the Sun (1983)

The Enchantress (1983)

Holy Flame of the Martial World (1983)

The Lady Is the Boss (1983)

Little Dragon Maid (1983)

The Roving Swordsman (1983)

Shaolin Intruders (1983)

Tales of a Eunuch (1983)

Usurpers of Emperor’s Power (1983)

The 8 Diagram Pole Fighter (1983)
With help from the treacherous Song Dynasty general Pun Mei, the Khitan-ruled Liao Dynasty army succeeds in trapping the loyal Song general Yeung Yip and his 7 sons at Golden Beach. Yeung Yip and his sons are all killed or captured in the ambush, except for the 5th and 6th sons who managed to escape. The 6th son returns home severely traumatized by the events. Meanwhile, the 5th son seeks refuge in a monastery in Mount Wutai, but the monastery leaders don’t think he is calm enough to become a Buddhist monk. As blades are not allowed inside a monastery, he uses his martial arts training in spears to practice with a pole, eventually developing the unique eight diagram pole fighting technique. When he finally appears to have put his anger and past behind him, news brakes that the Khitans had captured his younger sister, Yeung Baat-mui, who was looking for him. Now he must break Buddhist vows (including not to kill and not be bothered by worldly affairs) to save Baat-mui and exact his revenge.

The Supreme Swordsman (1983)
A thrilling story of a malicious swordsman lying, cheating and stealing to get to the top, and the noble man who finally defeats him.

Hidden Power of the Dragon Sabre (1984)
The film is a spin-off of the original story of The Heaven Sword and Dragon Saber. Zhang Wuji retrieves the Heaven-reliant Sword and the Dragon-slaying Saber and places them in the Ming Cult’s headquarters. He carves the inscriptions from the Nine Yang Manual on the walls of a secret chamber and asks his godfather Xie Xun, who has become a monk, to help him guard the chamber. Zhang returns the original copy of the manual to the Shaolin Sect.

Song Qingshu, a defeated villain from the original story, returns and starts a reign of terror. He traps a beautiful Mongol princess and masters a new Yin and Yang-combined martial arts technique, becoming almost invincible. Zhang Wuji has to put an end to Song Qingshu’s rampage.

Long Road to Gallantry (1984)

New Tales Of The Flying Fox (1984)
The only thing between all the clan leaders and certain death is one young woman, Kara Hui Ying-Hung. If anyone can save them, it’s her, with the help of “Thundering Mantis” star Leung Kar Yan.

Opium and the Kung Fu Master (1984)
A Kung Fu master finds out that an opium den is destroying the lives of the town he lives in, and vows to put an end to the den, but first he must try to defeat the strongest enemy he has ever faced: his addiction to the drug itself.

Return of the Bastard Swordsman (1984) [Bu yi shen xiang]
Yun Fei Yang has taken a leave of absence from the Wudang clan and retired to the seaside with his sweetheart Lun Wan Er. He is forced to return when the Wudangs are slaughtered by old nemesis Dugu Wu Di, whose Fatal Skill has progressed to such a level that he now challenges Yun Fei Yang and his Silkworm Skill to a death duel.

Secret Service of the Imperial Court (1984) [Police Pool of Blood]
The late Ming Dynasty is the time period when the influence and power of the court Eunuchs are at their peak. One in particular is Wang Zhen (Lau Wing), a vicious martial arts master who has distracted the weak-minded young Emperor with an endless supply of concubines to sate his passions, while plotting to seize power for himself. Loyal to the Emperor is Zhao Wiyi (Guk Fung), captain of an elite force of swordsmen known as the Brocade Guards (AKA the Imperial Court’s “Secret Service”). Their task is to squelch rebellion, hunt down traitors, and uphold justice. No one believes in this more firmly than Wiyi’s son and the Guard’s first sergeant Zhao Bufu (Leung Kar-yan). After the disinterested Emperor appoints Wang Zhen as his chief administrator in charge of all affairs, Wang orders the Brocade to hunt down three heroic loyalists who oppose the Eunuch. Reluctantly, Wiyi orders his son to carry out this order, but Bufu ultimately rebels. Wiyi is forced to order the death of his own son and Bufu must confront the entire Brocade Guard as he makes his escape with his wife and child. Wang Zhen’s influence is far-reaching and leads to calamity for Bufu’s family and clan. Stripped of nearly everything he holds dear, Bufu vows to kill Wang Zhen or die trying.

Wits of the Brats (1984)
Tou Kuan is a witty young man from an upper class family. He has outsmarted everyone in his town and has decided to take on the Three Northern Witty Young Masters. His encounter with the first young master (Fu Sheng) is a disaster. However, his luck helps him defeat the second young master (the womanizer). Nevertheless, Tou Kuan loses to the third master (the thief), all while a Taoist Master (Wang Lung Wei) seeks to kill Tou Kuan at the request of Kuan’s jealous uncle.

Crazy Shaolin Disciples (1985) [Enter the 36th Chamber of Shaolin]
An evil Manchu officer (Lo Lieh) is violently attacking a small village. Three rebels, Hu Huei Chian (Chin Siu Ho), Hong Si Kuan (Lo Meng) and Fong Sai Yuk (Wong Yu) fight back. After the battle is over the three rebels beg for refuge and sanctuary at the Shaolin Temple and they become initiates in the Shaolin Temple.

Disciples of the 36th Chamber (1985)
Fong Sai Yuk’s uninhibited arrogance toward a Manchu lord forces him to seek refuge in a Shaolin temple. Although well trained in the martial arts, he is no match for Master San Te, the creator of the 36th Chamber of Shaolin. Exhausted by his frequent defeats, Fong seeks to escape his the temple and crosses paths with a governor, who rewards him with a yellow robe granting immunity from any Manchu. But the governor  has ulterior motives and the question is, will Fong Sai Yuk feed his foolish ego and betray the Shaolin Temple?

The Master Strikes Back (1985)
In The Master Strikes Back, director Sun Chung brings back legendary Ti Lung to play the famous weapons instructor Tung Tieh-cheng, who is invited to teach a Ching official’s soldiers, in this unofficial sequel to The Kung-fu Instructor. After Ti Lung’s son is kidnapped and castrated what follows is a chaotic, human whirlwind of slicing and dicing compliments of the highly touted martial arts director, and one of Jackie Chan’s kung-fu classmates, Yuan Te.

Journey of the Doomed (1985)
Journey Of The Doomed stars Tung Wei as a knight that finds himself protecting the life of a beautiful young lady who is being stalked by a group of assassins led bythe  kung-fu actress, Hui Ying-hung. You may remember the child that Bruce Lee slapped on the head at the beginning of Enter The Dragon, that was Tung Wei, who went on to kung-fu stardom and then he bacame a highly successful fight director for Jet Li and Jackie Chan.

The Young Vagabond (1985)
The classic tale of two snakes who assume human forms as serpent sisters, Pak Su-cheng and Ching Ching. One day Pak Su-cheng meets Hsu Hsien and recognizes him as her savior in another life 1,000 years previous. Pak Su-cheng marries him to reward him but the snake-human union brings about unimaginable problems.

Shaolin Temple 3: Martial Arts of Shaolin (1986) [Nan bei Shao Lin]
Jet Li sneaks out of the north Shaolin temple to assassinate a despotic ruler at the ruler’s extravagant public birthday celebration. Two other men from the south Shaolin temple also set out to assassinate the ruler, but all three fail and are chased all over by soldiers. Meanwhile, one of the southerners turns out to be a cross-dressed woman, who is also discovered to wear a footbell to match Jet Li’s, meaning they have been promised for an arranged marriage. Read More

Director: Chia-Liang Liu
Writers: Yang-Ping Shi (screenplay), Yeung-Ping Sze
Stars: Jet Li, Jianqiang Hu, Qiuyan Huang, Chun Hua Ji, Huailiang Liu