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Justice, My Foot! Movie Review by Will Kouf

Stephen Chow was at the top of his game in 1992. He starred in eight films that year and seven of them made the Top 15 of that year’s Hong Kong box office. That’s an amazing feat, without ...

Shaw Brothers Master of the Month

Calling only the fiercest warriors to tryout for the Shaw Brothers “Master of the Month” series! Enter to win for a chance to receive an iTunes code for your favorite Shaw Brothers film + the brag...

Masked Avengers Review by Kim August

As the Venoms Mob filmography grew, Lu Feng employed a new weapon during the end fight which would reappear as the dominant weapon in future movies. Examples include the Sword (Life Gamble > Legend...

Laughing with the Shaolin Prince By Kim August

By the early 1980s, Ti Lung ruled the Hong Kong cinematic roost as its premiere swordsman. The actor’s turn as Shaolin Prince‘s Dao Xing, a cloistered, Shaolin adept with a secret past, ma...

Kara Hui Interview Video #5 – Her Dream Role

In this week’s exclusive Kara Hui Interview Series, Kara answers this question: If you could play any role, regardless of gender, which role would it be? Her answer? Li Ching’s role in the Shaw Br...

Remembering Philip Ko Fei

We are very sad to announce the passing of Philip Ko Fei who passed away at the age of 67 from a terminal illness. Philip was was a multi-award winning screenwriter, director, and actor. Philip Ko Fei...

Kara Hui Interview Video #2 – Favorite Role

Have you ever wondered which role Kung Fu star Kara Hui loved the most? Well you’re in luck! In this week’s exclusive Kara Hui Interview Series, Kara talks about her favorite Shaw Brothers rol...

Movie Pick Of The Week: Challenge of The Masters

Students! Class is officially in Session! My movie pick of the week is The Challenges of The Masters. I chose this movie because it tells the origin story of Chinese martial artist and folk legend Won...

Movie Review: MARCO POLO (1975)

Director: Chang Cheh Starring: Alexander Fu, Chi Kuan-Chun, Philip Kwok,Bruce Tong Yim-Chaang, Shih Szu, Lu Ti, Richard Harrison, Gordon Liu, Leung Kar-Yan and Johnny Wang. OVERVIEW Marco Polo opens ...

The Five Best Derek Yee Roles for Shaw Brothers

For my latest obsessive cinema binge, I decided to spend a good portion of September (aka #Shawtember) revisiting and acquiring new Shaw Brothers movies that feature Derek Yee in them. While Derek Yee...

A Birthday Appreciation of Venom #4, Kuo Chue

A lone hero in a corrupt world…this is the type of man Taiwanese actor, martial acrobat and action director, Kuo Chue (Kwok Chung-Fung) would play in Chang Cheh’s dangerously playful Venom Mob fil...

An Appreciation of Writer and Director Sun Chung

Taiwanese Director Sun Chung made some of the most original and vibrant movies for Shaw Brothers. From comedies to topical dramas, Women’s Lib styled revenge flicks, exploitation, and popular wuxia ...

BEFORE THE CAMERA: LIFE GAMBLE

Alexander Fu Sheng was a remarkable actor, having, at different times, been referred to as the Bob Hope, or Jimmy Cagney, or even the James Dean of Hong Kong. He was equally adept as a lecherous comic...

BEHIND THE CAMERA: THE 14 AMAZONS

The year 1972 was an unsettling transition for the studio. Having let Bruce Lee slip through their fingers, the Shaws, like the rest of the industry, were reeling from his power and impact. Fist of Fu...

BEFORE THE CAMERA: THE 14 AMAZONS

To truly put The 14 Amazons in perspective, the Shaw Studio announcing that Lily Ho was to play the child of Ivy Ling Po in this film was tantamount to an American studio announcing that Elvis Presley...

The Venom Mob Superstars: Chiang Sheng

江生 / Chiang Sheng BIOGRAPHY A Taiwanese originally named Chiu Kang-sang, he was born in 1951. His family was too large and his parents could not take care of all the children, therefore he was ...

The Venom Mob Superstars: Sun Chien

孙建 / Sun Chien BIOGRAPHY Originally named Sun Jian-yuan, Sun Chien was born in 1955 in Taiwan. He lost both parents while young, and was brought up by his two sisters.  He practiced Tae Kwan-Do ...

The Venom Mob Superstars: Lu Feng

儲陸峯 / Luther Chu / Lu Feng BIOGRAPHY Originally named Chu Qi-xue with the Anhui lineage, Lu was born in 1956 in Taiwan. At the age of 8, he learned martial arts at the army-affiliated Junior Lu...

The Venom Mob Superstars: Lo Meng

罗莽 / Lo Mang / Lo Meng BIOGRAPHY Born in Hong Kong on July 23, 1956, Lo Meng is a fan favorite who starred in Shaw Brothers kung fu movies during the latter part of the 70s and into the 80s. ...

The Venom Mob Superstars: Kuo Chue

郭追 / Philip Kwok / Kuo Chue BIOGRAPHY Born in Taiwan on October 21, 1945, Kuo is also known as Philip Kwok. Originally an agile circus acrobat, he entered the film business by chance. His performa...

Ti Lung, an Appreciation by Kim August

Appearing in over 70 Shaw Brothers movies, Ti Lung’s regal presence defined the Hong Kong movie studio’s output for over 15 years. Trained in Wing Chun and Goju-Ryu Karate, the thespian born as Ta...

Rambling about Chang Cheh’s Ramblers

The assassin character was a staple of Chang Cheh’s wuxia pian since the 1967 film starring Jimmy Wang Yu. Among the most intriguing assassins in Chang’s filmography are the morally just killers k...

Meeting A Kung Fu Legend

To know that someone has spent a lifetime perfecting their craft is awe-inspiring. To meet them in person is emboldening. Last week, I had the opportunity to meet Lo Meng, aka The Toad from the Veno...

THE SHAW BROTHERS STUDIO STORY

The Shaw Brothers Studio is considered the most venerable in South China, if for no other reason than being in continuous operation for more than eighty years. Starting out as Unique Film Productions ...

The Venom Mob is Back

THE VENOM MOB IS BACK GROUP OF HIGHLY TRAINED MARTIAL ARTS ASSASSINS ESTABLISH CELLS ON DIGITAL PLATFORMS WITNESSES WONDER: WHOSE SIDE ARE THEY ON? June 27, 2016 – Los Angeles – Hong Kong-based Ce...

SCHLOCK & AWE: THE 36TH CHAMBER OF SHAOLIN

In the 1970s, cinema was rapidly diversifying, with movies of vastly different budgets and tones – not to mention other cultures – making their way to the United States. It was no longer just the ...

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Do you have an opinion on the Shaw Brothers catalog? Do you want to create blog posts, listicles, commentary, reviews, or other content to contribute to the community on the site? Email us at celestia...

Greetings, sifus!

Greetings, Sifus. Welcome to the new home of the Celestial Pictures’ Shaw Brothers film collection on the internet. Consider this iteration the 1st Chamber. As we are still under construction, the c...