The Arts House & Celestial Pictures Present 100 Years Of Chinese Films

Introduction: Singapore, 16 September 2005 – The Arts House and Celestial Pictures celebrate 100 Years of Chinese Films and pay tribute to the legendary Shaw Brothers Film studios, an institution which more than any other established the styles, developed the genres, and created the screen legends of Chinese cinema. 

A tribute to the legendary Shaw Brothers Film!

“I’m a fan of Hong Kong Shaw Brothers movies. If my life had two sides, then one side would be Shaw Brothers movies and the other would be Italian Westerns.” - Quentin Tarantino

Singapore, 16 September 2005 – The Arts House and Celestial Pictures celebrate 100 Years of Chinese Films and pay tribute to the legendary Shaw Brothers Film studios, an institution which more than any other established the styles, developed the genres, and created the screen legends of Chinese cinema. 100 Years of Chinese Films offers 28 film titles from a variety of films from different genres from historical, martial arts, comedies, fantasy and horror even erotica over four weeks and is certain to lure young and old alike with their timeless charm.

The festival opens today with a screening of “Boxer from Shantung” and gala celebration attended by screen legends Gordon Liu Chia-hui and Chen Kuan Tai and representatives from the arts and film industry. Included in the festival are “Meet The Artists” sessions, film talks, a charity screening for residents of AWWA (Asian Woman Welfare Association) Community Home for Senior Citizens and Singapore Action Group os Elders (SAGE) and an outdoor film screening cum bazaar on the eve of the Mid-Autumn Celebrations.

Said Ms Mary Loh, Director of Audience Development, The Arts House, “The Arts House is honoured to be chosen by Celestial Pictures to partner in this exciting project to bring classic films from the Shaw canon of film masterpieces to an audience who grew up with these films and to younger audiences to which these films will be fresh and new. We hope that the 28 films in this festival will inspire young filmmakers to create films for their own generation which will, years from now, establish the canon of Singaporean films.”

Ms Jessica Kam, Vice President, Marketing & Sales, Celestial Pictures said: “Most of these classic films have not been shown to the public since they came out to theatre decades ago.  By dedicating our efforts in fully-restoring the Shaw library titles and re-releasing them through home video and television, Celestial strives to promote the glory of the Shaw Brothers films and Chinese cinema to the younger generation movie-fans around the world.  With this historical occasion of the 100th year of Chinese films, we look forward to rekindling the magic created by the illustrious studio and bringing back fond memories of yesteryear to movie-lovers in Singapore.”

Films were introduced into China at the end of the 19th century, and the market was mainly dominated by foreign films in the early period. It was not until November 1905 that the Chinese shot their first film, The Battle of Dingjunshan, an adaptation from a Peking Opera by the Beijing Fengtai Photo Studio and Tan Xinpei, a renowned performer of Peking Opera. The shooting of the film marked the official birth of Chinese cinema.

Founded in the early 1930s by a trio of brothers from Shanghai, Shaw Brothers became Hong Kong's largest film studio by the early 50s. With its experience in distributing films to overseas Chinese communities, Shaw Brothers was key in making Hong Kong cinema a truly international phenomenon. Although known especially for their extraordinary martial arts films, it offered a range of genres and film styles, from historical epics to contemporary comedies, from adaptations of operas to Hollywood-style musicals. The 100 Years of Chinese Film offers a range of seminal films produced between 1950s to the 1970s which display the incredible wealth of creativity during the formative years of cinema.

100 Years of Chinese Films (百年中文片) is presented by The Arts House and Celestial Pictures, with support from The Shaw Organisation Pte Ltd and Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and FiRST Magazine is the Official Magazine.

Tickets are priced at $8* and $5** and available at The Arts House Box Office, or by booking through Tel: 6332 6919; Fax: 63369 9695; Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For more information on the film festival and obtain the film schedule, please log on to www.theartshouse.com.sg.

*15% discount for DBS Credit Cardholders and BMW/MINI Car-owners
**All shows for Students and 3.15pm shows for Senior Citizens

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The Arts House at the Old Parliament

Opened in March 2004, The Arts House is Singapore’s newest arts and heritage venue where all are inspired by the arts and where the arts become a fundamental in life through a connection with artists and their works. Built in 1827, Singapore’s first Court House and former Parliament House, is the only gazetted government building designated as a multidisciplinary arts centre. At The Arts House, audiences connect with artists and arts organizations through a broad spectrum of engaging, contemporary arts and entertainment events. The Arts House is managed by Old Parliament House Limited, a not-for-profit full-service arts management company limited by guarantee.  For further information, please visit www.theartshouse.com.sg

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About Celestial Pictures

Celestial Pictures is a diversified entertainment company focusing on Asian-language film and television content including production, distribution and the operation of TV channels. The company owns the Shaw Brothers film library, the world's largest Chinese film collection. Celestial Pictures is currently restoring the Shaw Brothers movies and is distributing these films into cinemas and the worldwide home video market. In March, 2003, Celestial Pictures launched "Celestial Movies", the first global Chinese-movie channel. The channel is currently distributed in several countries including China, Malaysia, Brunei, Singapore, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Thailand and Australia, and is rapidly expanding international distribution. "Celestial Movies" targets Chinese-movie lovers not just in Asia, but across the globe. With its synergistic businesses in production, distribution, and the operation of television channels, Celestial Pictures is poised to become one of the few truly integrated media companies in Asia. Celestial's corporate headquarters is situated on the historic Shaw Brothers Studio lot in Hong Kong.

Celestial Pictures is a subsidiary of ASTRO ALL ASIA NETWORKS plc (ASTRO). ASTRO, which is listed on BursaMalaysia, is a leading regional cross-media operator specializing in the creation, aggregation and distribution of content across many platforms. It is the sole provider of Direct-To-Home satellite multi-channel television services in Malaysia and houses the country's largest television program production facility. ASTRO is the country's leader in commercial radio, and publishes Malaysia's most widely circulated magazine, the ASTRO Guide. The strength of these complementary brands has extended into interactive and multi-media services including provision of content for mobile telephony.

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For media queries, please contact

See Ling Ling
Manager, Marketing Communications
The Old Parliament House Limited
1 Old Parliament Lane
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Contact at Celestial Pictures

Patrick Chow
Marketing Manager
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SCREEN LEGENDS

Six of the Shaw Brothers movies included in the list of “Best 100 Chinese Language movies” as voted by HK Film Awards

The Love Eterne 梁山伯与祝英台 (1962)
Dir: Li Han-hsiang 李翰祥, 122-min
28 Sep, 8 & 12 Oct
Format: DVD / Colour

Best Picture, Best Director, Best Music, Best Editing, Best Actress and special awards for outstanding performance, this sumptuous adaptation of a Chinese folk tale won them all. Glorious Betty Loh Ti stars as a beauty that disguises herself as a boy to get an otherwise forbidden education.

One-Armed Swordsman 独臂刀 (1967)
Dir: Chang Cheh 张徹, 110-min
23 & 29 Sep, 7 & 13 Oct
Format: 35MM / Colour
As the mysterious swordsman whose one arm is more powerful than his two-armed rivals, Wang Yu and director Chang Cheh revolutionized the Hong Kong kung-fu genre and broke box office records across Asia.

The Kingdom And The Beauty 江山美人 (1959)
Dir: Li Han-hsiang 李翰祥, 99-min
17 Sep (Outdoor), 25 & 30 Sep, 14 Oct
Format: DVD / Colour

Li Han-hsiang, the acknowledged master of adapting great huangmei opera tales to film, surpasses himself with this tale of a Chinese emperor’s love for a country maiden. Once seen, its lush color cinematography, memorable score, and the haunting beauty of its superstar, Linda Lin Dai, is rarely forgotten.

The House of 72 Tenants七十二家房客 (1973)
Dir: Chu Yuan 楚原, 101-min
17, 21 & 29 Sep, 5 & 13 Oct
Format: 35MM / Colour

Join seventy-two remarkable comic actors (including the lovable Lydia Shum and sparkling Hu Chin) playing a fascinating and fun cross-section of Hong Kong society – all crammed into a single tenement in this hilarious time capsule of old Hong Kong which broke even Bruce Lee’s box office records in 1973.

The Dream Of The Red Chamber金玉良缘红楼梦 (1977)
Dir: Li Han-hsiang 李翰祥, 108-min
22 & 30 Sep, 6 & 14 Oct
Format: DVD / Colour
In this gender bender tale, Brigitte Lin Ching-hsia appears as Chia Pao-yu who is in love with his cousin, Lin Tai-yu (Sylvia Chang), but his family has other marital plans for him that will leave both broken-hearted.

The Eight Diagram Pole Fighter五郎八卦棍 (1983)
Dir: Liu Chia-liang 刘家良, 93-min
16 & 23 Sep, 2, 7 & 16 Oct
Format: DVD / Colour

What started as homage to the heroic Sung Dynasty Yang family became a furious rumination on heroic sacrifice when international idol Alexander Fu Sheng died in a car accident midway through production. Fu’s final, unfinished performance is immortalized through the extraordinary filmography, emotional intensity and kung-fu power culminating in a stunning climax which must be seen to be believed…

ROMANTIC COMEDY

Let’s Make Laugh表错七日情(1983)
Dir: Alfred Cheung 张坚庭, 95-min
24 Sep, 7 &15 Oct
Format: DVD / Colour

Heralded as the funniest Hong Kong comedy of the early 1980s, this was Shaw Brothers’ most popular film of 1983. Alfred Cheung Kin-ting (who created and produced Jackie Chan’s Highbinders), won Best Screenplay of Hong Kong Film Awards for this delightful comedy of modern manners.

Look Out, Officer! 师兄撞鬼 (1990)
Dir: Liu Shih-yu 刘仕裕, 87-min
18 Sep, 2 Oct
Format: 35MM / Colour

Stephen Chow is absolutely delightful in this “cosmic comedy”, directed by the man who also made New Tales Of The Flying Fox. Tung Piao plays a murdered police inspector who comes back from the dead to protect, help, and haunt a crafty cop into avenging his death.

Mr. Funnybone 老夫子 (1976)
Dir: Kuei Chih-hung 桂治洪, 86-min
25 Sep, 9 Oct
Format: DVD / Colour

In Hong Kong, no comic book character is more famous or beloved than Old Master Q, otherwise known as Mr. Funny-Bone who’s a Confucius-type fellow who travels about with his sturdy sidekick, Big Potato (AKA Big Dumb), getting involved in all manner of charming comic mishaps--which always turn out just right.

MARTIAL ARTS

Clans Of Intrigue 楚留香 (1977)
Dir: Chu Yuan 楚原, 99-min
18  & 21 Sep, 6 Oct
Format: DVD / Colour

The retelling of legendary swordsman Chu Liu-hsiang is elevated by a strong story, striking visuals, and a first-rate cast led by the majestic Ti Lung and Nora Miao, fresh from her triumphs in Bruce Lee’s films.

Boxer From Shantung马永贞 (1972)
Dir: Chang Cheh 张徹 & Pao Hsueh-li 鲍学礼, 126-min
5 Oct
Format: DVD / Colour

Martial arts classic, The Boxer From Shantung casts Chen Kuan Tai as “Ma Yung Cheng” (which is also the film’s Chinese title), an early 20th century patriotic youth from Shantung (northern China) who moves to Shanghai and gains fame as the first Chinese to defeat a professional Russian wrestler.

Heaven Sword & Dragon Sabre – Part I倚天屠龙记 (1978)
Dir: Chu Yuan 楚原, 101-min
17 & 21 Sep, 9 Oct
Format: DVD / Colour

Set during the Yuan Dynasty, it tells the fascinating story of the “Sacred Fire” sect, the Wu Tang swordsmanship clan, the disciples of the O Mei group, The Book of Chu Yang (which can make the reader immortal), and the destruction of Shaolin – complete with a killer cliffhanger.

Heaven Sword & Dragon Sabre – Part II倚天屠龙记大结局 (1978)
Dir: Chu Yuan 楚原, 96-min
17 & 22 Sep, 5 Oct
Format: DVD / Colour

The thrills continue in this second part of the cherished adventure saga, created by the titanic team of renowned swordplay director Chu Yuan and ingenious novelist Chin Yung. Only the union of the title weapons can save the six remaining martial arts sects who are vying for mastery.

PERIOD DRAMA

The Empress Dowager 倾国倾城 (1975)
Dir: Li Han-hsiang 李翰祥, 98-min
28 Sep, 12 Oct
Format: 35MM / Colour

Lisa Lu’s passionate performance as the power-hungry Empress won her Taiwan’s Golden Horse Award for Best Actress while the sumptuous costumes and sets won awards for Best Colour Art Design. This powerful, fascinating film was further awarded a statue for Superior Motion Picture. 

Last Woman Of Shang妲己 (1963)
Dir: Yueh Feng 岳枫, 113-min
25 Sep, 9 Oct
Format: DVD / Colour

The spectacle of the Shang Dynasty’s end is vividly realized in one of the most lavish epics in Hong Kong history – released a month after the tragic suicide of its hugely popular star, Linda Lin Dai.

The Last Tempest瀛台泣血 (1975)
Dir: Li Han-hsiang 李翰祥, 118-min
28 Sep, 12 Oct
Format: DVD / Colour

Hailed by Variety as “lavish, the script tightly packed,” this sequel to The Empress Dowager surpasses its predecessor as Lisa Lu reprises her role as the Empress Dowager who thwarts every attempt by the young emperor (Ti Lung) to institute much-needed political reforms.

Tiger Killer武松 (1982)
Dir: Li Han-hsiang 李翰祥, 94-min
20 Sep, 4 Oct
Format: DVD / Colour

Ti Lung, rarely more soulful holds together the tale of a considerate kung-fu master who sadly learns that “no good deed goes unpunished”. Despite the fact that he saves a town from a vicious tiger, he soon discovers that the human tiger (and tigress) are the most dangerous of all.

The Goddess Of Mercy观世音 (1966)
Dir: Shin Sang-okk 申相玉 & Lin Wong-sik 林元植, 98-min
2 & 16 Oct
Format: DVD / Colour

An inspiring and heartening Buddhist tale of mercy and humanism, Li Li-Hua plays a kind princess who openly disapproves of the king’s brutality and cruelty so much that she willingly exiles herself from her royal surrounding. However, the king doesn’t forgive so easily.

The Cave Of Silken Web盘丝洞 (1967)
Dir: Ho Meng-hua 梦华, 85-min
27 Sep, 11 Oct
Format: 35MM / Colour

This third instalment in Shaw Brothers' acclaimed adaptation of Journey to the West is possibly the most exotic of all. Sex and spectacle are combined as our heroes find themselves trapped in the Cave of the Silken Web, home of the seductive Seven Spiders, who are bent on achieving immortality by eating monk’s flesh.

EROTICA

Intimate Confessions Of A Chinese Courtesan爱奴 (1972)
Dir: Chu Yuan 楚原, 86-min
18 & 23 Sep, 1 & 7 Oct
Format: 35MM / Colour

Lily Ho, in her most daring role, plays an aristocratic maiden abducted and sold to the Four Seasons Brothel where she is caught in a web of sex, murder, and intrigue in both the bordello and the imperial court.

Legends Of Lust风月奇谭 (1972)
Dir: Li Han-hsiang 李翰祥, 97-min
24 Sep, 1 & 8 Oct
Format: 35MM / Colour

In Li Han-hsiang’s trilogy of bizarre, carnal bedtime stories, these women aren't out to save the country but have sex because they’re either sexual objects for men or love sex.

Sinful Confession 声色犬马 (1974)
Dir: Li Han-hsiang 李翰祥, 97-min
30 Sep, 14 Oct
Format: DVD / Colour

Arguably the funniest of the four famous Hui brothers, Michael Hui has a tour-de-force vehicle in this naughty little comedy playing four different characters, each one in a compromising situation.

That’s Adultery捉奸趣事 (1975)
Dir: Li Han-hsiang 李翰祥, 94-min
1 & 15 Oct
Format: DVD / Colour

There’s a general’s sedan-chair bearer who dallies with each of the soldier’s four wives until he suffers the fate of Samson, a Japanese pot maker who molds his wife’s lover, a courtesan who fools her drunken husband, and a scissor shop owner’s wife who has too many lovers to cut. It is four helpings of lascivious, lewd and libidinous pleasures.

FANTASY

The Mighty Peking Man 猩猩王 (1977)
Dir: Ho Meng-hua 何梦华, 90-min
20 Sep, 4 Oct
Format: DVD / Colour

King Kong goes Hong Kong as a giant Himalayan beast tries to save a sexy Swiss Tarzanette from a sleazy show-biz promoter. The action, locations set in India, and inter-racial romance made Variety reach this verdict: “High camp, Chinese style.”

Na Cha The Great 哪吒 (1974)
Dir: Chang Cheh 张徹, 93-min
27 Sep, 11 Oct
Format: 35MM / Colour

Reincarnated, his spirit in a lotus flower, the legendary Na Cha flies to save people from their despotic emperor. Or, as a Shaw homage website said: “Lots of crazy action and some comedy make this a must-see for true fans.”

The Monkey Goes West 西游记 (1964)
Dir: Ho Meng-hua 何梦华, 115-min
15 Oct
Format: 35MM / Colour

There is no Chinese novel more famous than Journey to the West, and while there have been many movie adaptations, this memorable version presents a unique interpretation with humor, action, and fantasy galore.

HORROR / THRILLER

The Criminals香港奇案 (1976)
Dir: Hua Shan 华山, Cheng Kang 程刚 & Ho Meng-hua 何梦华, 92-min
22 Sep, 6 & 15 Oct
Format: DVD / Colour

Murder, greed, lust, revenge…it’s all here in the first anthology film of Shaw Brothers’ landmark true crime series -- featuring Hidden Torsos, Valley Of The Hanged, and The Stuntmen, which actually takes place inside the Studio’s martial arts movie unit!

Human Lanterns人皮灯笼 (1982)
Dir: Sun Chung 孙仲, 96-min
24 & 29 Sep, 13 Oct
Format: DVD / Colour

One of the most talked about cult films ever made -- a maniacal masterpiece of the macabre, the martial arts, and the just plain weird stars Lo Lieh as the insane swordsman who makes Chinese lamps from, yes, the skin of his enemies’ sisters, mistresses, and wives.

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