Jay, better known by his pseudonym The Oily Maniac, has a voracious appetite for all things Asian cinema. He occasionally appears on podcasts to spread his wisdom on his favourite subject and has recently started his own blog, titled The Oily Maniac's Closet. Here you can find plenty of interesting stuff from the ages. The Oily one also has not only the greatest Godzilla collection I've seen, but also the best poster collection I've EVER seen. By the way Jay, the marriage proposal is still there!
Jay has openly admitted to cheating, rather than compiling one list, he has done two. A list of Shaw Brothers titles and a separate list of other HK films. Shaw's are up first.
I was way late to the SB party. Had seen 5 Deadly Venoms and saw some stuff on TV in the '80s, but nothing really came out on VHS except really shitty bootlegs right through to the 2000s. Many of the titles were legend in the old tape trading circles, but not much materialized. And when they did it was a pan & scan, 5th generation copy with illegible subtitles. The Shaw catalog was a holy grail, rumored to be rotting in a vault, if they existed at all. Then "IT" happened. In 2002, Celestial started releasing the Shaw Brothers' catalog on DVD. It was a whole new cinematic world to explore. I was lucky enough to see "Come Drink With Me", "36th Chamber of Shaolin" and "Return to the 26th Chamber" at festival screenings. There's no way to even pick favorites because from 2002-2007-ish I watched a lot of Shaw Brothers dvds/vcds and things kinda got all blurry. Plus it's been 8-10 years since then, so who knows how some of those films will stack up now that I've seen a decent amount. Titles like "Men From the Gutter" I've only seen in the last year, so I hesitate to call it a favorite......yet.
In no particular order.
8 Diagram Pole Fighter.
Hong Kong Godfather.
Black Magic 2.
Intimate Confessions of a Chinese Courtesan.
Holy Flame of the Martial World.