The 5 Deadly Venoms (1978) – Hong Kong

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AKA : Wu Du
Year : 1978
Country: Hong Kong
Language : Mandarin
Film Genre : Action, Wuxia
Director : Cheh Chang
Cast : Sheng Chiang, Philip Kwok, Feng Lu, Pai Wei, Chien Sun, Meng Lo, Lung Wei Wang, Feng Ku, Shu Pei Sun, Huang-his Liu, Lao Shen, Hui Huang Lin, Ching Ho Wang, Han Chen Wang, Szu-ying Chien

Plot/Synopsis : 
A dying teacher instructs his final student to check on the activities of five former pupils, each of whom he taught a unique and special style of kung-fu to: The Centipede, Snake, Scorpion, Lizard, and Toad (hence the title). His final student, who knows a little of each style must team up with one of the other good students to destroy the evil ones if there are any. Greed and treachery ensue as the student discovers that some of the students are indeed evil. But which one can he trust enough to team up with? Written by Ken McCary

The Comet Strikes (Hong Kong) 1971

A.K.A: Gui Liu Xing
Year: 1971
Runtime: 1hr 37mn
Country: Hong Kong
Language: Mandarin
Subtitles: English
Genre: Wuxia, Horror
Director: Lo Wei
Cast: Nora Miao, Patrick Tse, Lo Wei, Stanley Fung, Anthony Lau…

There was a civil strife in the court. In order to protect the king, some loyal ministers and the king hid in an old house. This old house was known as a haunted house; whoever lived in the house shall die for sure. Mr. and Mrs. Tse went to the haunted house but died in it. Their son Tse Tin Jun wanted to find out the truth of his parents’ death, so he went to the house. At the mean time, another minister knew the king’s hiding in the house. He sent out a military force to kill the king. Actually Mr. and Mrs. Tse pretended to die to deceive the public. Tin Jun stood with his parents and the loyal ministers to fight against the rebels.

Sword Stained with Royal Blood (Chinese TV) 2007

A.K.A: Bi Xue Jian
Year: 2007
Runtime: 45mn [average] per disc
Country: China
Language: Mandarin
Subtitles: English | Chinese
Episodes: 30
Genre: Wuxia
Director: Li Han Tao , Zhao Jian
Cast: Dou Zhi Kong, Eva Huang, Sun Fei Fei, Hsiao Shu Shen
Links: DramaWiki

Swordplay novels by Jin Yong (aka Louis Cha) have been adapted into numerous TV series and films. Sword Stained with Royal Blood is no exception. Mainland Chinese director Zhang Jizhong, after turning a few Jin Yong novels into well-received TV series, adapts Sword Stained With Royal Blood into an intriguing swordplay drama, with more historical elements added compared to previous versions. Singer/actor Bobby Dou stars as Yuan Chengzhi, son of a general who has been killed by the emperor. He comes across a beautiful girl named Qingqing, portrayed by Eva Huang from Kungfu Hustle, and they embark on exciting adventures together, with Yuan still bearing in mind his desire to avenge his father’s death. On his journey, he befriends another girl, Jiu, which after they have formed a close relationship, she reveals her real identity as the royal princess, daughter of the emperor who killed Yuan’s father.

The Legend of The Condor Heroes (Hong Kong TV) 1983

A.K.A: She diao ying xiong zhuan
Year: 1982
Runtime: 41mn [average] per disc
Country: Hong Kong
Language: Cantonese
Subtitles: English
Episodes: 19
Genre: Wuxia | Martial Arts
Director: Wong Tin Lam
Cast: Felix Wong, Michael Miu, Barbara Yung, Sharon Yeung
Links: DramaWiki

TVB made a series of costume dramas in the 80s based on famous swordplay novels by Jin Yong. His Legend of the Condor Heroes, considered a seminal work of martial arts fiction, has been adapted numerous times to TV dramas and film, but none has attained as much as popularity as the one made by TVB in 1983. The innocent swordsman played by Felix Wong Yat Wah and the witty girl played by the late Yung Mei Ling have remained one of the best on-screen couples in Hong Kong’s TV history. The cast also features Michael Miu Kiu Wai, Sharon Yang Pan Pan, Patrick Tse Yin, and Louise Lee Shut Ki.

The Guo and the Yang clan face brutal mass slaughter during the Southern Song era and all survivors scatter into different directions afterwards. Guo Jing (Felix Wong), the successor of the Guo clan, is full of sincerity and perseverance. What’s more, ever since his early childhood, he has been trained in top secret martial arts. The superb martial arts scholar accidentally runs into the lively and charming Huang Rong (Yung Mei Ling), which triggers a risky life and death romance!

The Kung Fu Master Wong Fei Hung (Chinese TV) 2009

A.K.A: The Kung Fu Master Wong Fei Hung
Year: 2009
Runtime: 44mn [average] per disc
Country: China
Language: Mandarin | Cantonese
Subtitles: English
Episodes: 33
Genre: Wuxia | Martial Arts
Director: Wong Jing
Cast: Dicky Cheung , Alice Chan , Kong Lin ,Annie Man , Lam Tze Chung
Links: dianying

Dicky Cheung plays Wong Fei Hung, the legendary martial artist, and he has 3 students; Leung Foon (Zheng Xiao Dong), Porky Wing (Lam Chi Chung) and Bucktooth So (Ben Cheung). Fei Hung is sent by his father Wong Kei Ying to set up a Po Chi Lam branch in Hong Kong. Before he departs, his parents made arrangement with parents of Chi Wah (Alice Chan) to marry both of them. Due to a misunderstanding, Chi Wah refuses to marry, and runs off to Hong Kong instead. Due to twist of fate, Fei Hung and Chi Wah meet up again in Hong Kong. Meanwhile, Fei Hung befriends a soft-spoken Japanese girl, Ching Heung. Ching Heung likes Fei Hung very much, and Fei Hung too, has feelings for her, but couldn’t accept her due to his promise of marriage. Annie Man plays Little Sparrow, a witty girl who earns a living by pickpocketing. She and Leung Foon eventually fall in love, and Leung Foon convinces her to turn over a new leaf.

Relic Of An Emissary (Hong Kong) 2011

A.K.A: Hong Wu San Shi Er
Year: 2011
Runtime: 43mn [average] per disc
Country: Hong Kong
Language: Cantonese
Subtitles: English
Episodes: 30
Genre: Historical fiction | Crime | Thriller | Wuxia
Director: Wong Wai Sing
Cast: Joe Ma, Michael Tse, Sammul Chan, Kate Tsui, Elanne Kong, Joel Chan
Links: DramaWiki

The story begins with the sons of the Hung-mo Emperor (Hongwu) returning to the capital city as a show of filial piety to their father, who has fallen extremely ill. Secretly, the princes are harboring intentions to succeed the throne. As a result, chaos surrounds the kingdom, and a chain of conspiracies and schemes begin occurring in the city…