SYNOPSIS: This is a film set in Hong Kong, the Hollywood of Chinese film making, from where "Easterns" are fast getting the better of westerns on the world film market.
GV & SV Movie set of 'Wong Fei Hung' (2 shots)
SV Actors fighting
CU Chan Shen
CU Wang Hsieh. PULL BACK TO actors fighting
GV Production team watching as actors rehearse blows (3 shots)
GV & SV SLOW MOTION Actors in fight scene (2 shots)
SV Girl extras on set
SV & CU Fight to the death scene (4 shots)
SV Runrun Shaw out of car and walking through movie set (2 shots)
GV & SV Effects being dubbed onto film (5 shots)
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Background: SYNOPSIS: This is a film set in Hong Kong, the Hollywood of Chinese film making, from where "Easterns" are fast getting the better of westerns on the world film market.
Chan Shen and Wang Hsieh are two of the East's top movieland villains. They are fighting a scene in "Wong Fei Hung" a Chinese style Robin Hood story.
Easterns have the same recipes as westerns used to have -- simple plot, obvious bad guys, courageous, loyal heroes, happy endings and plenty of physical action.
Chinese film maker Runrun Shaw made a ten million dollar profit in three months with "Five Fingers of Death" -- his first swing at the American market. If the success of "Easterns" continues Western cowboy film producers will probably rue the day the 'goodies' stopped wearing White hats and their films started becoming sophisticated.
Kung Fu is the "Eastern's" answer to the western gun fight except only fists and feet are used, for Kung Fu is a violent thirteenth century Chinese unarmed defence system. It has probably been responsible for the success of the films.
Runrun Shaw has been making films since the twenties. He is as rich as any western movie maker and he owns among other things the 46 acres of plastic pagodas, papier made dragons and second had rickshaws in these studios. Mr. Shaw also reckons he hires the best Kung Fu artists in the business. Stuntman go carefully through every action in the fight with the actors but the sound is considered equally important. The actors grunt and groan during the scenes but their sounds are not considered good enough so 'Easterns' have specialised gruntmen as well as stuntman an all the sound is dubbed afterwards.