very sad news
Veteran Hong Kong film director Chang Cheh died on June 23. He was 79. Chang Cheh directed such classic kung-fu films as The Five Deadly Venoms (review at Teleport City), Ten Tigers from Kwangtung, Five Masters of Death, Crippled Avengers (review at The Bad Movie Report), and dozens of others. He also wrote the screenplays to many films, including The Five Deadly Venoms (with I. Kuang) and The One-Armed Swordsman. His protogees included Bruce Lee and the noted director John Woo.
If you aren't familiar with Chang Cheh's work, you're truly missing out on some ultra-cool chop-socky action. I was lucky enough to find a cheap DVD copy of The Five Deadly Venoms at Kmart for five bucks, and delighted to find that despite the low-budget production of the DVD, the transfer was fairly decent. Many of Chang Cheh's films are also available from Amazon.com, and if it's halfway decent, your local video store ought to stock a couple in the Martial Arts section. Go. Watch. Enjoy. And remember, with me, Chang Cheh, whose work was part of the foundation for my love of chop socky flicks.
(via Destroy All Monsters forums)