邵氏出品 – 弧形闊銀幕

Here is an excerpt from an interesting essay by David Bordwell, “Another Shaw Production: Anamorphic Adventures in Hong Kong

Widescreen Action

“Shaws Launches ‘Action Era,’” read the headline in the October 1965 issue of Southern Screen, the studio’s publicity magazine. The story explained that the company was developing a new approach to the wuxia pian, the “film of heroic chivalry.” Films featuring knights errant and vigorous swordplay had been a mainstay of Chinese cinema since the silent era. During the 1950s Hong Kong’s Cantonese-language companies had found a ready audience for their fantasy wuxia pian. Here warriors both male and female battled monsters, sought hidden treasure, dabbled in black magic, and displayed astonishing fighting skills, including flying. Cantonese cinema also developed the kung-fu film, most prominently in the lengthy series centering on the martial artist Wong Fei-hung.

The essay is very interesting and insightful. For lovers of Hong Kong films, I think even scanning the photos and reading the text around them will be a lot of fun.

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