Gregor's Top 100 Shaw Brothers Movies

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1. Heroes of the East (1978)

R | 105 min | Action, Comedy

A Chinese man (Liu) marries a Japanese woman through an arranged marriage and manages to insult all of her Japanese martial arts family by issuing a challenge to her that is misinterpreted ... See full summary »

Director: Chia-Liang Liu | Stars: Chia-Hui Liu, Yuka Mizuno, Yasuaki Kurata, Naozo Kato

Votes: 1,920

2. Come Drink with Me (1966)

Not Rated | 95 min | Action, Crime

A group of bandits kidnaps the governor's son and demands their imprisoned leader to be set free in exchange.

Director: King Hu | Stars: Pei-Pei Cheng, Hua Yueh, Chih-Ching Yang, Hung Lieh Chen

Votes: 3,543

3. The 36th Chamber of Shaolin (1978)

R | 116 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

A man studies kung fu at the Shaolin Temple to fight back against the oppressive Manchu government.

Director: Chia-Liang Liu | Stars: Chia-Hui Liu, Lieh Lo, Chia Yung Liu, Norman Chu

Votes: 14,116

4. The 8 Diagram Pole Fighter (1984)

Not Rated | 98 min | Action, Drama

The Yang family was the loyal strong-arm of the Imperial army. But a jealous General betrays the Eilte Spearman and their father to the opposing Mongol army. After an ambush of a battle, ... See full summary »

Director: Chia-Liang Liu | Stars: Chia-Hui Liu, Sheng Fu, Lily Li, Kara Wai

Votes: 2,453

5. Return of the One-Armed Swordsman (1969)

R | 105 min | Action, Adventure

After defeating The Long-Armed Devil and his armies, our nubbed hero has been living in retirement as a farmer, but circumstances causes him to come out of retirement and take on The Eight ... See full summary »

Director: Cheh Chang | Stars: Jimmy Wang Yu, Chiao Chiao, Chia Essie Lin, Feng Tien

Votes: 1,098

6. The One-Armed Swordsman (1967)

R | 115 min | Action, Drama

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 | Stars: Jimmy Wang Yu, Chiao Chiao, Chung-Hsin Huang, Yin-Tze Pan

Votes: 2,673

7. Five Elements Ninjas (1982)

R | 107 min | Action, Drama

When five ninjas whose fighting styles are based on natural elements unleash their fury on a rival school, a lone survivor vows deadly revenge.

Director: Cheh Chang | Stars: Tien-Chi Cheng, Tien Hsiang Lung, Meng Lo, Michael Wai-Man Chan

Votes: 2,168

8. Bastard Swordsman (1983)

89 min | Action, Mystery

Hsu Shao-chiang stars as a veritable "Spider-Swordsman" - master of the "Silkworm Style" - in this eye-filling, mind-bending martial arts phantasmagorical which truly warrants the description: "unforgettable."

Director: Chun-Ku Lu | Stars: Norman Chu, Tony Liu, Jung Wang, Leanne Lau

Votes: 296

9. The Avenging Eagle (1978)

R | 90 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Chi Ming-sing is a former disciple of a gang run by overlord Yoh Xi-hung. Yoh's disciples hunt Chi relentlessly as he travels on a soul-searching journey. He comes to the aid of a seemingly... See full summary »

Director: Chung Sun | Stars: Sheng Fu, Lung Ti, Feng Ku, Lung Chan

Votes: 762

The Avenging Eagle

10. The Lady Hermit (1971)

105 min | Action, Drama

A young Kung Fu student (Shih Szu) seeks a reclusive teacher so that she may learn to defeat the evil Black Demon. She doesn't realize that the servant woman she befriends (Cheng Pei-Pei) ... See full summary »

Director: Meng Hua Ho | Stars: Pei-Pei Cheng, Lieh Lo, Szu Shih, Hsieh Wang

Votes: 287

11. Crippled Avengers (1978)

R | 104 min | Action, Drama

Three men, crippled by an evil warlord, become friends and learn kung fu with the help of an old teacher and his idiot pupil.

Director: Cheh Chang | Stars: Kuan-Tai Chan, Feng Lu, Phillip Chung-Fung Kwok, Meng Lo

Votes: 2,126

12. Intimate Confessions of a Chinese Courtesan (1972)

86 min | Action, Drama

The Four Seasons Brothel is run by a ruthless madam, Lady Chun Yi. Countless young girls have been kidnapped or bought and then sold into a life of servitude, prostitution, and torture at ... See full summary »

Director: Yuen Chor | Stars: Lily Ho, Hua Yueh, Betty Pei Ti, Lin Tung

Votes: 610

13. Return of the Sentimental Swordsman (1981)

101 min | Action, Drama

Many feel that this, one of the Shaw Studio's biggest moneymakers, is one of those rare sequels which superior to its original. In any case, the charming title hero is back in action, ... See full summary »

Director: Yuen Chor | Stars: Li Ching, Lung Ti, Sheng Fu, Feng Ku

Votes: 140

Return Of The Sentimental Swordsman

14. The Sword of Swords (1968)

106 min | Action, Drama

Jimmy Wang Yu had just exploded into superstardom as The One-armed Swordsman when he teamed with legendary choreographers Lau Kar-leung and Tang Chia for this exciting tale of master ... See full summary »

Director: Kang Cheng | Stars: Jimmy Wang Yu, Pei-Pei Shu, Chung-Hsin Huang, Feng Tien

Votes: 151

15. Return of Bastard Swordsman (1984)

95 min | Action

Wudang is in trouble again, with both Dugu Wu Di planning to attack the Wudang temple and an interloping group of martial artists from Japan waiting in the background.

Director: Chun-Ku Lu | Stars: Norman Chu, Leanne Lau, Kuan Tai Chen, Alex Man

Votes: 124

16. The Sentimental Swordsman (1977)

96 min | Action, Drama

The Sentimental Swordsman epitomizes the lone, virtuous, heroic swordsman with a twist. The Oedipus complexed swordsman played by the popular Ti Lung, is a hero with weaknesses; he drinks, ... See full summary »

Director: Yuen Chor | Stars: Lung Ti, Li Ching, Tung-Shing Yee, On-On Yu

Votes: 288

The Sentimental Swordsman

17. Killer Clans (1976)

PG-13 | 91 min | Action, Drama

Two clans compete for dominance over the martial arts world in this classic of violent swordplay and political intrigue. A complex tale of deception and double crosses. Killer Clans leaves ... See full summary »

Director: Yuen Chor | Stars: Fei Ai, Shen Chan, Ping Chen, Kang-Yeh Cheng

Votes: 506

18. The Magic Blade (1976)

Not Rated | 86 min | Action, Drama

Don't miss this one it is excellent. Chinese sword masters pair up to fight off yet another villain for the deadly PeacockDart. The ending is eye popping don't miss this one. Shaw Brothers come thru yet again

Director: Yuen Chor | Stars: Lung Ti, Lieh Lo, Li Ching, Ni Tien

Votes: 653

19. Shaolin Intruders (1983)

Not Rated | 89 min | Action, Drama

Shaolin Temple becomes suspect when several clan leaders are robbed and killed by the deadly Shaolin Palm technique.

Director: Chia Tang | Stars: Tung-Shing Yee, Jason Piao Pai, Phillip Ko, Yu-Po Liu

Votes: 299

Shaolin Intruders

20. Buddha's Palm (1982)

93 min | Action, Fantasy

The Buddha's Palm, a technique by which an ordinary hand is transformed into a formidable force. Ku, a blind recluse living in a cave, knows its secret, which proves to be as much a blessing as a curse as it attracts all manner of mayhem.

Director: Taylor Wong | Stars: Tung-Shing Yee, On-On Yu, Kara Wai, Alex Man

Votes: 290

Buddhas Palm

21. Five Deadly Venoms (1978)

R | 97 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

The final student of a dying martial arts master is instructed to locate the previous five students and defeat any evil ones among them.

Director: Cheh Chang | Stars: Sheng Chiang, Chien Sun, Phillip Chung-Fung Kwok, Meng Lo

Votes: 6,085

The Five Venoms

22. Disciples of the 36th Chamber (1985)

90 min | Action, Comedy

Gordon Liu Chia-hui reprises his famous Monk San Te role as he tries to support and protect Shaolin her Fang Shih-yu who purposely attacks corrupt Ching officials. Fights by legendary action director Liu Chia-liang are to die for.

Director: Chia-Liang Liu | Stars: Hou Hsiao, Chia-Hui Liu, Lily Li, Jason Piao Pai

Votes: 1,602

23. Return to the 36th Chamber (1980)

R | 99 min | Action, Comedy

When thugs prey upon innocent factory workers, a small-time scammer trains for revenge by studying the moves of Shaolin temple monks.

Director: Chia-Liang Liu | Stars: Chia-Hui Liu, Lung Wei Wang, Hou Hsiao, Lun Hua

Votes: 3,156

24. The Kid with the Golden Arm (1979)

R | 75 min | Action, Drama

Director Chang Cheh reunites the Five Venoms in his second biggest cult hit in the West. It's Lo Meng's most memorable performances whose showdown with fellow Venom Kuo Chue is artistically violent while being graphically artsy.

Director: Cheh Chang | Stars: Chien Sun, Meng Lo, Feng Lu, Sheng Chiang

Votes: 1,249

The Kid With The Golden Arm

25. Soul of the Sword (1978)

85 min | Action, Drama

Famed actor Ti Lung plays a lone swordsman trying to defeat the "Number One Swordsman" as part of his vengeance package in life in Soul Of The Sword. He quickly learns however, that sometimes wanting is better than having.

Director: Shan Hua | Stars: Lung Ti, Chen Chi Lin, Feng Ku, Hui-Ling Liu

Votes: 211

26. Clans of Intrigue (1977)

102 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

After three Clan leaders are assassinated, Kung Nan-Yen accuses Master Thief Chiu Liu-Hsiang as being the only man capable of the murders, but generously allows him one month to clear his name.

Director: Yuen Chor | Stars: Lung Ti, Fei Ai, Shen Chan, Szu-Chia Chen

Votes: 268

Clans Of Intrigue

27. Dragon Swamp (1969)

105 min | Action, Fantasy

After being implicated in the theft of the Jade Dragon Sword, Fan Ying is banished to the Dragon Swamp for 20 years.

Director: Wei Lo | Stars: Pei-Pei Cheng, Hua Yueh, Lieh Lo, Chung-Hsin Huang

Votes: 110

Dragon Swamp

28. The Flying Dagger (1969)

103 min | Action, Drama

A wandering swordsman protects a family from the wrath of a clan chief.

Director: Cheh Chang | Stars: Pei-Pei Cheng, Lieh Lo, Lei Cheng, Chih-Ching Yang

Votes: 133

The Flying Dagger

29. Golden Swallow (1968)

R | 89 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

The indomitable martial arts team of director Chang Cheh and stunt choreographer Liu Chia-liang continues the compelling saga of Golden Swallow from King Hu's Come Drink with Me in this ... See full summary »

Director: Cheh Chang | Stars: Pei-Pei Cheng, Jimmy Wang Yu, Lieh Lo, Hsin-Yen Chao

Votes: 599

Golden Swallow

30. The New One-Armed Swordsman (1971)

R | 98 min | Action, Drama

Lei Li lost his right-arm in a sword duel with the master of a martial arts school, long ago. Now, he is able to defend himself well with just his left arm, and kung fu techniques. That he ... See full summary »

Director: Cheh Chang | Stars: David Chiang, Ching Lee, Lung Ti, Feng Ku

Votes: 1,255

31. Legendary Weapons of China (1982)

R | 109 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

A band of killers from an ailing kung fu and magic society are sent on a manhunt for a former member of the society, whose bad mouthing threatens it's existence.

Director: Chia-Liang Liu | Stars: Chia-Liang Liu, Chia Yung Liu, Kara Wai, Hou Hsiao

Votes: 1,275

32. My Young Auntie (1981)

Not Rated | 121 min | Action, Comedy

Cheng Tai-Nan (Kara Hui) is an honest and faithful servant of a dying patriarch who wants nothing more than to protect his vast wealth from his selfish, conniving nephew, Yung-Sheng. ... See full summary »

Director: Chia-Liang Liu | Stars: Chia-Liang Liu, Kara Wai, Hou Hsiao, Lung Wei Wang

Votes: 611

33. Mad Monkey Kung Fu (1979)

R | 116 min | Action, Comedy

A disgraced former Kung Fu expert makes a living as a merchant with the help of a hot headed friend. When the men are harassed by gangsters, the merchant decided to teach his friend monkey boxing so they can defend their business.

Director: Chia-Liang Liu | Stars: Chia-Liang Liu, Hou Hsiao, Kara Wai, Lieh Lo

Votes: 845

34. Stroke of Death (1979)

R | 89 min | Action, Drama

A small-time crook goes in search of the other half of a wooden keepsake which will lead him to the legendary kung fu technique of the Gibbon Clan Fist.

Director: Mar Lo | Stars: Siu-Tung Ching, Chiu-Sing Hau, Feng Kuan, Hui Huang Lin

Votes: 280

35. Swordsman and Enchantress (1978)

89 min | Action, Mystery

Master kung-fu choreographer Tang Chia leads the king and queen of Shaw Brothers' swordplay, Ti Lung and Lily Li, to the amazing "Deer Sword" and escape from the insidious maze-like "Toy Land"

Director: Yuen Chor | Stars: Lung Ti, Li Ching, Tony Liu, Lily Li

Votes: 128

Swordsman and Enchantress

36. The 14 Amazons (1972)

R | 125 min | Adventure, Drama, History

The cast of The 14 Amazons is a veritable "who's who" of the golden age of Shaw Brothers swordplay adventures, and was not only a major box office hit (ranking 4th for 1972), but also a top... See full summary »

Directors: Kang Cheng, Shao-Yung Tung | Stars: Hua Tsung, Mei Sheng Fan, Chung-Hsin Huang, Feng Tien

Votes: 390

37. Judgement of an Assassin (1977)

94 min | Action, Adventure

A clan clash centered on the trial of an admitted mass murderer and serial rapist.

Director: Chung Sun | Stars: David Chiang, Hua Tsung, Li Ching, Michael Wai-Man Chan

Votes: 85

Judgement of an Assassin

38. The Flag of Iron (1980)

R | 113 min | Action, Drama

When director Chang Chen found new talent and blood with "The Five Venoms" actors, most of which were trained in the highly acrobatic Chinese opera and well versed with exotic martial arts ... See full summary »

Director: Cheh Chang | Stars: Phillip Chung-Fung Kwok, Sheng Chiang, Li Wang, Feng Lu

Votes: 327

Flag Of Iron

39. The Heroic Ones (1970)

PG-13 | 117 min | Action, Drama, History

A Mogul king decides to take stealthy action to help overpower his greatest rivals. He chooses nine out thirteen of his loyal generals (who he treats as sons) to embark on the mission. ... See full summary »

Director: Cheh Chang | Stars: David Chiang, Han Chin, Lung Ti, Lily Li

Votes: 622

The Heroic ones

40. Invincible Shaolin (1978)

R | 98 min | Action, Drama

Three North Shaolin teachers (Lu Feng, Chang Sheng, and Sun Chien) are called on by the Manchus to teach their soldiers and are urged to challenge the current South Shaolin teachers. They ... See full summary »

Director: Cheh Chang | Stars: Feng Lu, Sheng Chiang, Chien Sun, Phillip Chung-Fung Kwok

Votes: 928

Invincible Shaolin

41. Avenging Warriors of Shaolin (1979)

PG-13 | 110 min | Action, Comedy

Two friends who long to be heroes join the fight against a Ching warlord and his students. They get help from a Kung Fu student and a rebel. They also save Hung Si Quan's life.

Director: Cheh Chang | Stars: Jason Piao Pai, Feng Lu, Meng Lo, Phillip Chung-Fung Kwok

Votes: 295

42. The Rebel Intruders (1980)

99 min | Action

Three refugees become sworn brothers during a war. One (Kuo Chui/Philip Kwok) works in a whore house, one (Chiang Sheng) in a gambling house, and the other (Lo Mang) in a martial arts ... See full summary »

Director: Cheh Chang | Stars: Phillip Chung-Fung Kwok, Meng Lo, Sheng Chiang, Li Wang

Votes: 212

Rebel Intruders

43. Human Lanterns (1982)

95 min | Horror, Action

A psychotic craftsman pits two rival Kung-Fu masters against each other while designing special lanterns from a disturbing source.

Director: Chung Sun | Stars: Tony Liu, Kuan Tai Chen, Lieh Lo, Ni Tien

Votes: 603

44. Have Sword, Will Travel (1969)

102 min | Action, Drama, History

Ying Ke-Feng, head of Peerless Manor, is an expert swordsman whose escort business transports 200,000 taels of silver to the capital each year. This year, however, he is afflicted with an ... See full summary »

Director: Cheh Chang | Stars: David Chiang, Lung Ti, Ching Lee, Miao Ching

Votes: 534

45. Iron Chain Fighter (1980)

96 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

Teng Piao went to jail for fifteen years on a frame up for drug smuggling. Now that he's out, along with his iron chain and hungry for revenge.

Director: Yuen Chor | Stars: Lung Ti, Jason Piao Pai, Li Ching, Tony Liu

Votes: 89

The Convict Killer

46. Qing gong qi shi lu (1983)

86 min | Action, Adventure