Have you ever sat around and thought “Boy, I sure would like to watch the almost 800 Shaw Brothers movies out there, but I can’t because they’re not all compiled in one place?” We all have. Well worry no more. Shaw Brothers Universe is here to solve all your kung fu woes.
Shaw Brothers Universe is a site that makes it easy for you to find and watch over 760 Shaw Brothers movies. Go there and click “Shaw Brothers Film Collection” and you’ll find links to them all. You also may want to let your friends and family know you’ll be busy for a while.
It can be daunting to face that many movies all at once, but the site has your back by focusing a collection on the “Venom Mob”, a group of actors who helped define this era of kung fu films. For more details on what this means and how to access it, here is the full press release:
Hong Kong-based Celestial Pictures has unleashed a cell of its most revered fighters on the digital movie-watching world, distributing the favorite flicks starring the members of the VENOM MOB on iTunes, Hulu, Google Play, Microsoft Movies, Amazon, YouTube, and Netflix.
The VENOM MOB is a group of actors that starred in a series of seminal films that defined the martial arts genre in the ‘70s and ‘80s. Their films dominated the single screen theaters in the seedier parts of major American cities in the last decades of the 20th century. They captured the imaginations of young men and future artists RZA of the Wu-Tang Clan, Quentin Tarantino, and Robert Rodriguez, among others. All have paid direct homage to these films in their work. In addition, without the Venom Mob, there would be no Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, no Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and very likely fewer of your favorite pop culture heroes.
Now, Celestial Pictures is digitizing the library to deliver the genius of classic martial arts films to a new generation of fans. Films that are available now from the VENOM MOB collection include: THE FIVE VENOMS, CRIPPLED AVENGERS, INVINCIBLE SHAOLIN, THE KID WITH THE GOLDEN ARM, THE FLAG OF IRON, MASKED AVENGERS, HOUSE OF TRAPS, SHAOLIN RESCUERS, FIVE ELEMENT NINJAS, THE BRAVE ARCHER SERIES, LIFE GAMBLE, SHAOLIN TEMPLE, THE DAREDEVILS, REBEL INTRUDERS, AND TWO CHAMPIONS OF SHAOLIN. A complete list of the films from both the VENOM MOB series and other films from the Shaw Brothers library can be found at www.shawbrothersuniverse.com
The arrival of these films to digital platforms and the introduction of the genre to new generations is timely. RZA described the movies as those “where we learn that government oppression existed other places in the world.” He continued “watching these kinds of films, I’m seeing that this problem of oppression is everywhere in the world. Even in [Five Deadly Venoms], we’re watching the police, corrupt, getting paid, and letting the bad guys get away with things. It’s funny, in its own small way, it still resonates in today’s society, in one way or another. For me, it was big escapism and it gave me camaraderie with other people around the world.” At a time where people are looking for community, understanding, and escape, the films of the Shaw Brothers are a great place to start.
The library is vast and overwhelming (over 760 films in all), and using an organizing principle, like the VENOM MOB, helps provide a point of entry for fans new to the genre.
As for who the VENOM MOB is fighting for? You’ll have to watch to find out.
Join the mob: www.shawbrothersuniverse.com
Here is the video the press release links to:
This seems like a really nice and cool way for people to get in on the most classic kung fu titles without having the benefit of a great video store or older sibling who knows some shit. I highly recommend looking into their catalogue and seeing if you can find some hidden gems.