Monday, May 17, 2010
Shaw Brothers Cinema: Cast Profiles, Behind the Scenes & Unfinished Rarities
This Shaw Brothers edition of 'Assorted Bits & Pieces' features a wide variety of behind the scenes shots, star profiles and some pics of unfinished movies. All the photos seen herein come from Shaw's other movie magazine publication, Hong Kong Movie News between the years of 1973 through 1975. First up are some various behind the scenes shots from assorted Shaw productions....
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To start things off on a high note, it's a nifty cast photo from Chang Cheh's sprawling, yet troublesome production of THE BOXER'S REBELLION (1975). This is a several page spread featured in HK Movie News January 1975.
From left to right--Liang Chia Jen, Chi Kuan Chun, Hu Chin, Alexander Fu Sheng, Jenny Tseng and Tang Yen San. One of Cheh's numerous Chang's Company pictures shot in Taiwan in conjuction with Shaw Brothers, it tells the tale of a group of Chinese patriots dealing with the invasion of China by foreign military forces. Peplum and trash film actor, Richard Harrison co-stars.
This shot above includes a pic featuring Lily Ho (left), Yueh Hua (middle) and singer, Betty (right) in the film then known as BODY & SWORD (1972). Retitled to the much more intriguing, INTIMATE CONFESSIONS OF A CHINESE COURTESAN, the film dealt with a woman sold to a brothel and her intentions to escape and kill those who have ravished her body. Throw in a vicious female brothel owner who falls in love with the vengeful lady avenger and a determined constable and you have the ingredients for one of the classiest exploitation movies of all time.
The next pic above are some behind the scenes shots from Chang Cheh's WATER MARGIN (1972). Is that a young John Woo with David Chiang in the top picture to the right? Below that, Ku Feng enjoys a meal with his co-stars during a break.
Above, it's more behind the scenes shots from WATER MARGIN and shots from ALL MEN ARE BROTHERS (1973). Chen Kuan Tai is listed amongst the cast of the first picture, but his scenes seem to have been cut out save for one or two shots. Here, we can see 'The Tattooed Dragon' being prepped for a scene including the shot to the right where his knife injury is prepared.
Here's a rare and candid shot of various Shaw Brothers graduates enjoying a picnic. You'll notice a very young Fu Sheng among those pictured. He's sitting down with his hands crossing his legs towards the right of the picture.
And another candid collage of photos featuring Wang Chung with Lily Li (having wrapped THE DELINQUENT), Danny Li Hsueh Hsin and Alexander Fu Sheng having fun on their motorcycles.
Below, it's a couple of random profile images in color....
Here, you see Yueh Hua and Shi Szu posing, or partaking in a lion dance festival
And a casual shot of Fu Sheng and his soon to be wife, singing sensation, Jenny Tseng (Chen Ni).
More behind the scenes shots reveal Chang Cheh showing Chen Kuan Tai how to grab a hold of Ching Li during the making of his classic production of THE BLOOD BROTHERS (1973)
Then, it's various behind the scenes photos including SEX, LOVE & HATE (top; 1974), the pic to the left at bottom I'm not sure of. The right at bottom is a shot of Ti Lung with his dog while shooting THE PIRATE (1973).
Now on to some "unfinished business". First up, it's a couple of photos from a movie that began production as HELLISH SOUL in 1975 and directed by Chu Yuan.
Pictured above is from top to bottom--Ching Li, Lin Chin Chi and Ling Yun.
Above is a collection of photos from the film at the time. Later, the movie was merged with another partial movie directed by shock-new wave director, Mo Tun Fei (MEN BEHIND THE SUN, LOST SOULS). Released in 1980, this new anthology was now entitled HAUNTED TALES.
Finally, it's a major curiosity piece that seemingly was never finished, nor released in any format that I am aware of. This is a bizarre looking movie from notable horror and brutal action director, Kuei Chi Hung entitled THE SEX WOLF.
What makes this entry interesting, is that it was to have been a horror comedy; something that became popular with the release of SPOOKY ENCOUNTERS in 1980.
The melding of horror, comedy and kung fu was attempted the year prior with the terrible Liu Chia Liang misfire, THE SPIRITUAL BOXER 2 (1979). However, THE SEX WOLF, which began production in 1975, doesn't appear to have any fighting scenes.
UNTIL NEXT TIME...