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Chang Cheh

Chinese name  張徹 (traditional)
Name  Chang Cheh
Chinese name  张彻 (simplified)
Role  Film director

Birth name  張易揚 (Chang Yi-yang)
Died  June 22, 2002, Hong Kong
Years active  1967–83
Chang Cheh Celestial Pictures
Born  February 10, 1923 Shanghai, China (1923-02-10)
Awards  Hong Kong Film Award for Lifetime Achievement
Movies  One‑Armed Swordsman, Five Deadly Venoms, The New One‑Armed Swordsman, Golden Swallow, Return of the One‑Arm
Similar People  Ti Lung, Alexander Fu Sheng, David Chiang, Philip Kwok, Chen Kuan‑tai

Ancestry  Qingtian County, Zhejiang

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Chang Cheh (pinyin: Zhāng Chè; 10 February 1923 – 22 June 2002) was a Chinese film director.

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He directed such films as Five Deadly Venoms, the Brave Archer (based on the works of Jin Yong), The One-Armed Swordsman, and other wuxia and kung fu films.

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Career

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Referred to as "The Godfather of Hong Kong cinema", Chang Cheh directed nearly 100 films in his illustrious career at Shaw Brothers, which ran the gamut from swordplay films (One-Armed Swordsman, The Assassin, Golden Swallow) to kung fu films (Five Shaolin Masters, Five Venoms, Kid with the Golden Arm) to more modern period dramas (Chinatown Kid, Boxer From Shantung, The Generation Gap) to lavish costume epics (The Water Margin, The Heroic Ones, Boxer Rebellion).

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After graduating from National Central University (Nanjing University) in Chungking (Chongqing), where he studied politics, Chang moved to Hong Kong, where he became a film critic. Chang got his start in the film industry as a screenwriter; his first script was The False Faced Woman, a movie from Shanghai which was released in 1947. He wrote several more scripts before making his directorial debut in 1949 with Mount Turbulence. His first big hit came with 1967's One-Armed Swordsman, the first film in Hong Kong history to gross HK$1 million. The film catapulted actor Jimmy Wang Yu to stardom and cemented Chang's status as one of Hong Kong's top directors. In the same year, he released The Assassin, another early Chang classic, and in 1968 he followed up with Golden Swallow, a sequel to King Hu's classic wuxia picture Come Drink With Me.

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He often co-wrote scripts with fellow screenwriter Ni Kuang, and occasionally co-directed films with directors such as Baau Hok-li, Wu Ma and Gwai Chi-hung. He even occasionally wrote and co-wrote music for his films. In addition to his film related work, he also wrote novels, poetry and non-film related articles under numerous pseudonyms.

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He was heavily influenced by directors Akira Kurosawa, Hideo Gosha, Sergio Leone, and Sam Peckinpah, Cheh brought elements from these movies into his own work, revolutionizing Hong Kong filmmaking. His swordplay films of the 1960s (including One Armed Swordsman), filled with bloody scenes of the hero cutting his way through a roomful of opponents, were considered at the time by Westerners to be violent trash but are now looked back on as masterpieces of the genre.

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In the early 1970s Cheh began making kung fu films (including Five Shaolin Masters and Five Venoms) sometimes filming four or five movies in a single year. His earlier kung fu movies were often done in collaboration with choreographer (and future director) Lau Kar Leung, who Chang had worked with, along with choreographer Tong Gaai, on earlier films. After falling out with Lau on the set of Disciples of Shaolin, Chang started featuring a troupe of actors made up of Sun Chien, Chiang Sheng, Philip Kwok, Lo Meng, Lu Feng, Wei Pai (and Yu Tai Ping), who would come to be known as "The Venoms", as actors and choreographers in his films. His films from this period, including Five Deadly Venoms, Kid with the Golden Arm, and Crippled Avengers, feature a heavy influence from the wuxia movie genre, and are considered his most popular films in the west – not counting 1982's Five Element Ninjas, aka Chinese Superninjas.

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Chang was a pioneer of what is known by some as "heroic bloodshed"; films that emphasize brotherhood, loyalty and honor, and several of his films, including Vengeance, Boxer From Shantung and Chinatown Kid, can be seen as clear influences on the later work of directors such as John Woo and Ringo Lam. His influence on future filmmakers such as Quentin Tarantino (who listed Chang as a dedicatee in the end credits of Kill Bill: Volume 2), Robert Rodriguez and Zhang Yimou is unquestionable. John Woo, who lists Cheh as his chief filmmaking inspiration, worked as assistant director on many of the master's films, including Boxer From Shantung, The Water Margin and The Blood Brothers.

Filmography

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Films directed include:

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  • The Assassin (1967)
  • The One-Armed Swordsman (1967)
  • Golden Swallow (1968)
  • Have Sword, Will Travel (1969)
  • The Invincible Fist (1969)
  • Return of the One-Armed Swordsman (1969)
  • Dead End (1969)
  • The Heroic Ones (1970)
  • Vengeance! (1970)
  • The Duel (1971)
  • Duel of Fists (1971)
  • The Deadly Duo (1971)
  • The Anonymous Heroes (1971)
  • New One-Armed Swordsman (1971)
  • King Eagle (1971)
  • Four Riders (1972)
  • The Water Margin (1972)
  • Boxer From Shantung (1972)
  • Angry Guest (1972)
  • Police Force (1973)
  • The Blood Brothers (1973)
  • The Generation Gap (1973)
  • The Delinquent (1973)
  • The Pirate (1973)
  • The Savage Five (1974)
  • Five Shaolin Masters (1974)
  • Heroes Two (1974)
  • Shaolin Martial Arts (1974)
  • The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires (1974)
  • Disciples of Shaolin (1975)
  • 7 Man Army (1976)
  • Shaolin Temple (1976)
  • The Shaolin Avengers (1976)
  • Chinatown Kid (1977)
  • The Brave Archer (1977)
  • The Brave Archer 2 (1978)
  • Five Venoms (1978)
  • Invincible Shaolin (1978)
  • Crippled Avengers (1978)
  • Ten Tigers of Kwangtung (1979)
  • Kid with the Golden Arm (1979)
  • Shaolin Rescuers (1979)
  • Magnificent Acrobats (1979)
  • Flag of Iron (1980)
  • The Brave Archer 3 (1981)
  • 2 Champions of Shaolin (1981)
  • Masked Avengers (1981)
  • House of Traps (1982)
  • Sword Stained With Royal Blood (1982)
  • Five Element Ninjas (1982)
  • The Weird Man (1983)
  • Shanghai 13 (1984)
  • Ninja In Ancient China (1993)

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    References

    Chang Cheh Wikipedia


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