Village of Tigers

The lead actress is Shu Pei Pei, who is quite forceful as a no-nonsense fighter decked out in an array of colorful swordswoman fashions. I’ve seen her in nine other films, although I don’t recall any which featured her in an action role before. This one is the very last film she did, according to her IMDb filmography. It came at the very end of the Shaw Bros. swordswoman cycle, which had been dominated by Cheng Pei Pei and Shih Szu up to this time. Miss Shu is very good and I wish she’d played more roles like this. Her character is Miss Ba, whose brother is involved in some shady deals with the “rascals” from the title village. When he turns up dead, with a note implicating the film’s hero, Luo Hong Xun, Ms Ba vows revenge and goes after Mr. Luo, even though she knew her brother was being used by the bad guys. Eventually, Miss Ba and Mr. Luo team up to seek out the real culprits, culminating in a stunning series of fight sequences in the “village of tigers.”

The Golden Lion

Director Ho Meng-hua is one of Shaw Studio’s most versatile directors. He’s helmed romances, mysteries, award-winning dramas, contemporary action films, historical costume dramas, fantasies, and, finally, popular swordplay movies. The title character in this one is a chivalrous thief who raises the jealous ire of the rival Red Shirt Gang. There’s plenty of action in this adventure, which sweeps from the plains to the mountains … to the sound of slashing swords.