Tsung Hua (left) and Yueh Hua in a still from Killer Clans, the 1976 Shaw Brothers wuxia film that changed the career path of its director, Chor Yuen. Tsung Hua (left) and Yueh Hua in a still from Killer Clans, the 1976 Shaw Brothers wuxia film that changed the career path of its director, Chor Yuen.
Tsung Hua (left) and Yueh Hua in a still from Killer Clans, the 1976 Shaw Brothers wuxia film that changed the career path of its director, Chor Yuen.

The Godfather meets Agatha Christie in Chor Yuen’s wuxia film Killer Clans, 1976 production that brought sophistication to the genre

  • Adapted from a work by new wave martial arts novelist Gu Long, a contemporary of better known Jin Yong, Killer Clans set a template for Chor Yuen’s wuxia films
  • With references to The Godfather and an intricate plot, the 1976 film shows how Chor brought the suspense and mystery of detective novels to martial arts movies

Topic |   Asian cinema: Hong Kong film
Tsung Hua (left) and Yueh Hua in a still from Killer Clans, the 1976 Shaw Brothers wuxia film that changed the career path of its director, Chor Yuen. Tsung Hua (left) and Yueh Hua in a still from Killer Clans, the 1976 Shaw Brothers wuxia film that changed the career path of its director, Chor Yuen.
Tsung Hua (left) and Yueh Hua in a still from Killer Clans, the 1976 Shaw Brothers wuxia film that changed the career path of its director, Chor Yuen.
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