The Four (2012)
Directed by Gordon Chan, “The Four” is an adaptation of one of Wan Ray-an’s classic wuxia novels, revolving around four famous detectives in ancient China. Actors Deng Chao, Ronald Cheng, Collin Chou and Crystal Liu portray the four leading characters in the movie. This movie is intended to be the first installment of a trilogy. The recent circulation of counterfeit money has landed the capital of the Song Dynasty in a predicament. The Department Six Constabulary and Divine Constabulary are sent to investigate but complications arise when the competing constabularies constantly get into each other’s way. The Divine Constabulary is eventually suspended but spearheaded by the eponymous The Four, the constabulary continues to work on the case. It soon uncovers a more sinister plot to overthrow the government and must rush against time to stop the perpetrator before he plunges the dynasty into chaos.
A recreation of sorts to the hit movie THE PRODIGAL SON, with both Sammo Hung and Yuen Biao returning in elder roles.
Pop idol Nicholas Tse (THE PROMISE) stars in this megahit martial arts drama as Liang,
the rebellious eldest son of Zan (Yuen Biao), master of Wing Chun Quan.
But difficulties arise between father and son as Zan refuses to teach Liang martial arts
because he finds him arrogant and naive.
Meanwhile, Liang must master the skills of Wing Chun to beat his rival Ko, who is ruthless and has an eye for Liang’s lover.
Only a duel between Ko and Liang can settle the score once and for all.
With amazing kung fu action, WING CHUN (aka Yong Chun) is one fabulous martial arts adventure that will leave you breathless!
Wind And Cloud
Wind and Cloud are orphans raised by the powerful Lord Conqueror (Xiongba), who taught them martial arts in order to help him dominate the world.
The plot is based on the first two story arcs of the comic series. Xiongba, chief of the martial arts clan Tianxiahui, learns from the prophet Nipusa that he will rise to prominence in the Jianghu (martial artists’ community) with the help of “Feng” and “Yun” (literally “wind” and “cloud”wink.gif. Later by chance, Xiongba meets two boys – Nie Feng (Wind) and Bu Jingyun (Cloud) – and immediately accepts them as his students, tutoring them in martial arts. When Nie Feng and Bu Jingyun are grown up, Nipusa reveals to Xiongba that the latter’s downfall will also be due to “Feng” and “Yun”. To prevent that from happening, Xiongba uses a scheme to turn Nie Feng and Bu Jingyun against each other but the plan fails. The rest of the plot focuses on the character development of Nie Feng and Bu Jingyun, such as their relationships with their respective lovers, and their journey to becoming supreme fighters.
In the middle of the story, Xiongba is betrayed by his followers and loses his powers and is placed at the mercy of Bu Jingyun. He promises to repent and retire permanently from the Jianghu, so Bu Jingyun spares him. In the meantime, a Japanese warrior called Juewu Shen arrives in China with his clan with the intention of dominating the Chinese Jianghu. Nie Feng and Bu Jingyun join forces to defeat Juewu Shen and drive away the Japanese invaders. Towards the end of the series, it is revealed that Xiongba has been secretly plotting to stage a comeback and realise his ambition of ruling the jianghu. Nie Feng and Bu Jingyun combine efforts to overcome Xiongba and restore peace, thus fulfilling Nipusa’s prophecy.
Twin of Brothers
Kau Jong and Tzi Ling are both orphans. One day, when they are going to get martial arts lessons from the well
known Sek Long, they find themselves stuck in the middle of a fight… a woman and their furture martial arts
teacher!! The woman, soon revealed as Fu Guan Cheuk, told Sek Long to give the “Cheong Sung Keut” back to
her. Refusing, Sek Long was killed by self destruction. After losing their martial arts teacher, Kau Jong and Tzi
Ling ran away from the fight scene, only to be caught in a chase. Fu Guan Cheuk caught a ride in Kau Jong and
Tzi Ling’s carriage. The person chacing Fu Guan Cheuk was a man by the name of Yu Man Fat Kup and he was
after the “Cheong Sung Kuet”, as well. After Fu Guan Cheuk left Kau Jong and Tzi Ling, she left the “Cheong Sung
Kuet” with them. When she had lost Yu Man Fat Kup, she ran after the two guys get the “Chueng Sung Kuet” back.
After a series of struggles with the three people, Kau Jong and Tzi Ling activated the “Cheong Sung Kuet”, and Fu
Guan Chuek forced them to learn it [Cheong Sung Kiut].
The X Family
Beside our own space and time, there are eleven other dimensions exist side by side with Mojie, a dimension where evil resides. And this story began in the Gold dimension where Da Dong and his gang lived and fought the dark forces from Mojie. After the gang lost all their powers in the last battle, Xiu travelled to other dimensions to find Da Dong’s alternate self. His search led him to a boy named Xia Tian in the Iron dimension. The boy’s incredible power is sealed away by a Fenglongtie on his neck. If he could harness the boy’s power, the boy can save all the worlds from falling into the hands of Mojie.
The Tearful Sword
In this brooding martial arts series based on Ku Lung’s novel HEROES SHED NO TEARS, a friendship betweentwo swordsmen SZE MA and CHEUK turns into hatred as they both compete for the title of leader of the martialarts world. When Sze Ma is killed in an ambush, it is up to his admirer Ko and hisweapon, the Tearful Sword,to go against Cheuk, who has devised his own evil scheme to have Ko eliminated.
The Spirit of the Sword
Hong Kong star Nicholas Tse continues his string of period action dramas with the exciting epic series The Spirit of the Sword. This is Tse’s third starring role in a Gu Long adaptation, following Big Shot and Proud of Twins, and he is clearly in his element, handling both the action and drama with convince and charisma. Television fans may remember ATV’s classic 1978 The Spirit of the Sword adaptation starring the late Leslie Cheung, but this new updated version is an equally worthwhile and star-studded affair. Other than Tse, the drama stars EEG labelmate Gillian Chung of Twins, as well as Hong Kong actor Patrick Tam (Born Wild) and Taiwanese singer/actress Annie Yi (Poor Prince). This new version of The Spirit of the Sword departs from the original novel by revolving around Japanese swordsman Bai Yi Ren, offering a new perspective on the story. Tse stars as a young swordsman who travels to the Middle Kingdom in search of seven mythical swords to fulfill his father’s dying wishes. Though he has no intentions of causing trouble, his quest unwittingly brings him into conflict with the martial arts world as he gets pulled into mysterious conspiracies and a dangerous clash with his stepbrother.
The Return of the Condor Heroes – 1983 (drama)
In the Southern Song Dynasty, there is turmoil both externally in the country while infighting and killing among various sects are common in the martial art world. The family of KOWK CHING (LEUNG KA YAN) and WONG YUNG (AU YEUNG PUI SAN) lead a tranquil and peaceful life on Peach Blossom Island. Fate has led CHING to meet YEUNG GOR (ANDY LAU KAK WAH), son of his old friend YEUNG HONG, when he returns to the mainland to look for YUNG’s father WONG YEUK SHI. CHING sympathizes with GOR since he is an orphan, and brings him back to the Island.
The Return of the Condor Heroes
The protagonist, Yang Guo, is the orphaned son of Yang Kang, the antagonist in The Legend of the Condor Heroes. The couple Guo Jing and Huang Rong raises Yang Guo briefly before he is sent to the Quanzhen Sect for better guidance in moral values and orthodox martial arts. In Quanzhen, Yang Guo is often picked on and bullied by his fellow students, and even his master, Zhao Zhijing, is biased against him. Yang Guo flees and ventures unknowingly into the nearby Tomb of the Living Dead, where the Ancient Tomb Sect is housed. He is saved by Xiaolongnü, a mysterious maiden of unknown origin, and becomes her apprentice. They live together in the tomb for many years until Yang Guo grows up. After being attacked by Li Mochou, they leave the tomb and stay on the mountain. Xiaolongnü develops romantic feelings for Yang Guo and after a while, he falls in love with her.
However, their romance is forbidden by doctrines of the Confucianism society of that time. Throughout the story, their love meets with several tests, such as the misunderstandings that threaten to tear them apart and the encounter with Gongsun Zhi. Finally, after their reunion and marriage, Xiaolongnü leaves Yang Guo again, owing to her belief she cannot recover from a fatal poison, and promises to meet him again 16 years later. While Yang Guo is wandering the jianghu alone, he meets several formidable martial artists and a giant condor. His adventures gradually mould him into a courageous martial artist, whose prowess matches the Greats of his age. Yang Guo serves his nation by helping the Han Chinese citizens of the Song Dynasty defeat the Mongol invaders. At the end of the novel, he is reunited with Xiaolongnü and they are recognized as heroes of their time.