• Derek Yee in Death Duel

As part of its fall programming, University of Chicago’s Doc Films presents a series of notable Hong Kong action films, the bulk of which hail from the legendary Shaw Brothers Studio, once the foremost and largest movie production company in Hong Kong and one of the most prolific studios in world cinema history. This has awarded myself and my colleague Ben Sachs the opportunity to review some of our favorite titles screening as part of what Doc calls the “Drunken Masters” series, including The One-Armed Swordsman and The Eight Diagram Pole Fighter.

I figured this would be the perfect opportunity to share my favorite Shaw Brothers, so here’s my top five.