• Short Summary

    The clash of swords and screams of the dying fill the air. It's a typical?

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    1.
    GV PAN..Extras charge across studio during filming
    0.11

    2.
    CU Sign "Shaw Studio"
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    3.
    GV Shaw House
    0.16

    4.
    SV PAN..Shaw arrives in Rolls Royce and enters building (2 shots)
    0.32

    5.
    SV INTERIOR..Shaw on telephone
    0.50

    6.
    GV Castle wall
    0.56

    7.
    SV Warrior enacting death scene
    1.07

    8.
    SCU Director barking orders through megaphone
    1.10

    9.
    SV Actor comforts "dying" warrior
    1.14

    10.
    CV PAN..Actors' apartment block
    1.23

    11.
    CU INTERIOR..Wong Hop smoking pipe
    1.26

    12.
    SV PAN..Round Wong Hop's apartment
    1.36

    13.
    GV Pagoda
    1.39

    14.
    CU INTERIOR..Li Ching making up (2 shots)
    1.46

    15.
    SV Li Ching in scene with other costumed actresses
    1.57

    16.
    GV Buildings
    2.00

    17.
    CU Li Ching answers question
    2.24

    18.
    SV Girls rehearsing sword fight
    2.37

    19.
    CU Poster advertising "Sworswomen Three"
    2.40

    20.
    SV TILT DOWN..Cinema
    2.46

    21.
    SV PAN..Actors in spear fight
    2.56


    TRANSCRIPT: QUESTION: "Do you ever go to see British and american films ?"



    (SEQ 17): LI CHING: "I like American films."



    QUESTION: "Who are your favourite actors and actresses ?"



    LI CHING: "I like Paul Newman, Audrey Hepburn and Natalie Wood."



    QUESTION: "Do you regard yourself as a sex symbol ?"



    LI CHING: "I don't think so, no."




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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: The clash of swords and screams of the dying fill the air. It's a typical day in the studios of Hong Kong's booming cinema industry, where tales of violent swordsmanship and chaste romance have become the basis of a multi-million pound investment.

    While Hollywood is fighting for survival, the film industry of the Far East has struck a box-office bonanza. Films in Chinese pack cinemas from Djakarta to Bangkok, from Singapore to Taipei.

    Biggest of the Oriental companies is the Hong Kong-based Shaw Brothers organisation. At hillside studios, overlooking the Crown Colony, Run Shaw -- one of the two brothers who founded the company more than 40 years ago -- presides over an empire which yields an estimated GBP 125 million Sterling a year.

    Although they are household names throughout asia, the stars do not lead pampered lives. Most of them live in modest apartments in a studio block.

    Naturally, the Hong Kong stars look up to Hollywood counter-parts. But, as actress Li Ching explains, the Shaw Brothers heroine isn't encouraged to regard herself as a sex symbol:
    With one or two minor exceptions, Chinese film-makers do not tolerate the permissiveness of the Western cinema. Human dreams -- such as Li Ching's latest film -- are popular.

    But the biggest moneyspinners are blood-and-steel epics of revenge and hate, where Chinese audiences can revel in the more violent traditions and customs of their past.

    To produce these epics, the Shaw Brothers studios work a punishing seven-days-a-week schedule. The staff receive only four days holiday a year. Increased competition accounts for the frantic pace of studio production.

    In recent months, the Shaw Brothers have faced a mounting challenge from high-quality Taiwanese Mandarin films. And now a Filipino mogul is threatening to cash in on Hong Kong's phenomenal cinema boom.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3YY53I29J1JVY6PJU5JDE6V8B
    Media URN:
    VLVA3YY53I29J1JVY6PJU5JDE6V8B
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    22/08/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:55:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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