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A SENSE OF PURPOSE: LESSONS BEYOND KUNG FU WITH SHAOLIN TEMPLE

My last article for this site was dedicated to Executioners from Shaolin, so I felt it was fitting that I follow it up with a brief look and discussion about the themes of Chang Cheh’s 1976 overlooked classic, Shaolin Temple. While the former film looked...

Golden Swallow Review by Silver Emulsion Film Reviews

Chang Cheh's Golden Swallow is a sequel to King Hu's Come Drink With Me, but it is most certainly not more of the same. It is a film defined by Chang's artistic drive more than anything else. In Chang's memoir he called the The One-Armed...

One Armed Swordsman Review By Silver Emulsion Film Reviews

This year marks the 50th anniversary of The One-Armed Swordsman, so it's a great time to re-examine Chang Cheh's early masterpiece. The film's legacy has never been in question; it was the first Hong Kong film to gross over HK$1 million, and it launched the career of the...

HEROISM TO THE SECOND POWER: The Duality of The Deadly Duo

Chang Cheh is an icon for a reason. While so many film makers in their careers try desperately to make entertainment out of the art of cinema, Chang Cheh set a standard to make art out of cinematic entertainment. It’s this approach that has heavily...

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 known as The Rambler. These are Jian Nan (David Chiang) in The Duel...