films seen
23
average score
2.60*
nationality
China - 85 years old
status
Alive and kicking
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Legendary Shaw Bros director who set himself apart by introducing more fantasy elements into his work, next to the mandatory martial arts exploits of course. His rich and expansive oeuvre is sure to keep you occupied for years to come.

Solid pieces

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Perils of the Sentimental Swordsman

by Yuen Chor
Also know as: Chu Liu Xiang Zhi You Ling Shan Zhuang
Specifics: Hong Kong [1982] - 87 mins
Genre: Fantasy, Adventure
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3.5

One of Chor's best. The film is quite short and to the point, contains some nifty action sequences, some stand-out fantasy elements and it benefits tremendously from Chor's trademark colorful and atmospheric cinematography. It's everything a great Shaw Bros film should be, and it delivers in spades.

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Heroes Shed No Tears

by Yuen Chor
Also know as: Ying Xiong Wu Lei
Specifics: Hong Kong [1980] - 111 mins
Genre: Action
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3.5

A very fine epic by Yuen Chor. There are some moments of genuine beauty here, making this one of Chor's best films. At the same time the film isn't entirely without fault, which keeps it from becoming and all-time Shaw Bros best. But Shaw Bros fans owe it to themselves to seek this one out.

Like many of Chor's best films, Heroes Shed No Tears has strong fantasy elements. Not so much in the plot or characters, it's the setting that feels very fantastical. Moody lighting, beautiful sets and plenty of smoke make for an extremely atmospheric film. The fitting score also adds to the film.

The action is solid, but nothing you haven't seen before. My main critique is that the film's a bit too long. Some scenes are extremely talkative and the plot/characters aren't that interesting to warrant so much dialogue. Some tighter editing would've helped, but in the end Chor's amazing direction prevails.

The inoffensive

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Lust for Love of a Chinese Courtesan

by Yuen Chor
Also know as: Ai Nu Xin Zhuan
Specifics: Hong Kong [1984] - 88 mins
Genre: Romance, Action
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3.0

Not long ago I completely dismissed Yuen Chor's ability to do romance, now I have to retrace my steps. In a typical history/Shaw Bros setting, it appears Chor can work his magic. De mix of romance and action is solid, the film looks nice enough and the drama actually hits. An interesting experiment that is a lot classier than I expected it to be.

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The Roving Swordsman

by Yuen Chor
Also know as: Shen Sheng Yi
Specifics: Hong Kong [1983] - 84 mins
Genre: Action, Mystery
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3.0

Moody and atmospheric martial arts film. One of Yuen Chor's later films, and it shows this came from a seasoned director who felt at ease making the kind of films he likes. Not the most original or surprising film in other words, but well executed and decent filler for people who can't get enough of the Shaw Bros library.

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The Spirit of the Sword

by Yuen Chor
Also know as: Huan Hua Xi Jian
Specifics: Hong Kong [1982] - 92 mins
Genre: Fantasy, Action
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3.0

Another solid Yuen Chor film. Plotwise it doesn't differ too much from all the other Shaw Bros films, but Chor's trademark touch of fantasy is what makes his films stand out. Set design and some rudimentary but effective special effects create a fantastical atmosphere that is well ahead of its time. Good, but only for fans of the Shaw Bros films.

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Duel of the Century

by Yuen Chor
Also know as: Liu Xiao Feng Zhi Jue Zhan Qian Hou
Specifics: Hong Kong [1981] - 94 mins
Genre: Action, Mystery
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3.0

A fine Yuen Chor martial arts film. The sets look pretty cool, the camera work is on point and there's plenty of action. The plot is not quite as interesting, but because the production design is well above average Shaw Bros quality, that's not really an issue. This is the kind of film Chor built his reputation on.

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The Black Lizard

by Yuen Chor
Also know as: Hei Xi Yi
Specifics: Hong Kong [1981] - 82 mins
Genre: Action
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3.0
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The Proud Twins

by Yuen Chor
Also know as: Jue Dai Shuang Jiao
Specifics: Hong Kong [1979] - 112 mins
Genre: Comedy, Action
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3.0

Yuen Chor going the Jackie Chan route, but within the comfort of the all too familiar Shaw Bros context. Compared to his other films the comedy elements jump out immediately, the rest of the film is very much in line with the Chor's typical style. A fun diversion for fans of the Shaw Bros studio, but not as good as Chan's stand-out films from that era.

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Swordsman and Enchantress

by Yuen Chor
Also know as: Xiao Shi Yi Lang
Specifics: Hong Kong [1978] - 89 mins
Genre: Fantasy, Action
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3.0

Shaw Bros, Yuen Chor style. That means classic martial arts action, but with pointed fantasy touches. Chor is definitely one of the better SB directors, not in the least because he also pays attention to more than just the action. His films look better than the average SB film, without taking anything away from the fighting. Good stuff.

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The Sentimental Swordsman

by Yuen Chor
Also know as: To Ching Chien Ko Wu Ching Chien
Specifics: Hong Kong [1977] - 96 mins
Genre: Action
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3.0
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The Magic Blade

by Yuen Chor
Also know as: Tien Ya Ming Yueh Tao
Specifics: Hong Kong [1976] - 86 mins
Genre: Action
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3.0
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The Web of Death

by Yuen Chor
Also know as: Wu Du Tian Luo
Specifics: Hong Kong [1976] - 87 mins
Genre: Fantasy, Action
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3.0

If Cheh Chang is the SB grand master of traditional martial arts, Yuen Chor is his equal when it comes to fantasy/martial arts blends. The Web of Death is an amusing, yet cheesy and somewhat inconspicuous film in his oeuvre. There's a lot of fun to be had here, but apart from the fact that it's "something with spiders", it's not too memorable.

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Intimate Confessions of a Chinese Courtesan

by Yuen Chor
Also know as: Ai Nu
Specifics: Hong Kong [1972] - 86 mins
Genre: Drama, Action
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3.0
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The Lizard

by Yuen Chor
Also know as: Bi Hu
Specifics: Hong Kong [1972] - 99 mins
Genre: Fantasy, Action
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3.0

Worthy but flawed

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Full Moon Scimitar

by Yuen Chor
Also know as: Yuan Yue Wan Dao
Specifics: Hong Kong [1979] - 95 mins
Genre: Romance, Action
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2.5

A somewhat run-of-the-mill Shaw Bros production. The trademark elements of Yuen Chor are present, but the execution felt a bit lazy. The action scenes are a little dull, the fantasy look isn't entirely on point and the romance can't quite carry the film either. It's not a bad production, rather basic Shaw Bros filler that should only appeal to core fans only.

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Killer Clans

by Yuen Chor
Also know as: Liu Xing Hu Die Jian
Specifics: Hong Kong [1976] - 97 mins
Genre: Action
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2.5

Visually quite accomplished and a clear step above the usual Shaw Bros films, but the strong focus on an uninteresting plot keeps this film from becoming a true Shaw Bros classic. The somewhat mediocre fight scenes don't really help out either. Decent Chor production, but he should stick to pure fantasy and action cinema.

Dubious filler

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Sleazy Dizzy

by Yuen Chor
Also know as: Xiao Tou A Xing
Specifics: Hong Kong [1990] - 89 mins
Genre: Comedy, Crime
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2.0
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Bat without Wings

by Yuen Chor
Also know as: Wu Yi Bian Fu
Specifics: Hong Kong [1980] - 88 mins
Genre: Action, Mystery
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2.0
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Lover's Destiny

by Yuen Chor
Also know as: Xin Ti Xiao Yin Yuan
Specifics: Hong Kong [1975] - 89 mins
Genre: Romance
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2.0

Yuen Chor takes another stab at romance. I'm actually surprised he made so many movies outside the martial arts genre, though I get why these films didn't travel well. The direction here is in fact quite nice, but the plot is pretty dull and the acting is well over-the-top. I'm sure there's an audience for these films, but I'm not part of it.

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The Villains

by Yuen Chor
Also know as: Tu Fei
Specifics: Hong Kong [1973] - 80 mins
Genre: Romance, Action
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2.0

Not one of Chor's better films. It's a pretty straightforward martial arts flick, with some romantic squabbles in between. The action feels a little muddled and the romance is overdone. Luckily it's a short film and the pacing makes sure it never lags. Not an entire waste of one's time, but hardly a priority for Shaw Bros fans.

Plain forgettable

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Diary of a Big Man

by Yuen Chor
Also know as: Daai Jeung Foo Yat Gei
Specifics: Hong Kong [1988] - 86 mins
Genre: Comedy, Romance
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1.5

The idea of Yuen Chor and Chow Yun-Fat making a comedy may sound appealing, but the fact is that both just aren't made for the genre. It feels more like a cheap Jing Wong comedy, with some lame jokes, atrocious acting and a boring, repetitive plot. Best to just skip this one, unless you really like the people involved.

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Fascinating Affairs

by Alfred Cheung, Yuen Chor, Jing Wong
Also know as: Hua Xin Hong Xing
Specifics: Hong Kong [1985] - 94 mins
Genre: Comedy, Romance
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1.5

Regardless of all the big names involved, Fascinating Affairs is a pretty rushed and flat hotchpotch of genres that never really finds its footing. Loud, poorly acted, lazily directed and often aimless, it's a film that seemed confident that star power would be enough to attract people. Poor filler, only for true completists.

Big nopes

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The Forbidden Past

by Yuen Chor
Also know as: Xiao Lou Can Meng
Specifics: Hong Kong [1979] - 81 mins
Genre: Drama, Romance
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1.0

Cheh Chang doing contemporary action is a little awkward, but it has nothing on Yuen Chor doing romance. The film is incredibly cheesy, from the poor performances to the horrendous soundtrack and the tepid drama, nothing works. It's a disaster from start to finish, though somehow it's an oddly compelling disaster if you're familiar with Chor's work.