The legendary director of A BETTER TOMORROW and THE KILLER.
A decade before he would change action filmmaking forever with A BETTER TOMORROW and THE KILLER, director John Woo was directing martial-arts films for the two biggest studios in Hong Kong, Shaw Brothers and Golden Harvest. Under the mentorship of the great Chang Cheh (ONE ARMED SWORDSMAN), Woo began to develop his signature style, films that featured slick, stylish and often violent choreography, with dramatic plots that revolved around brotherhood, honour and redemption.
Presented here are two of his early works from this period.
In LAST HURRAH FOR CHIVALRY, two killers (Wei Pai and Damian Lau) agree to help a man exact revenge upon a kung fu master. Woo’s first cinematic masterpiece, is a dark and violent revenge film, featuring lightning fast swordplay and stylish cinematography.
In HAND OF DEATH, a young Shaolin monk must train to defeat a dangerous Manchu warlord (James Tien) who is intent on wiping out the Shaolin once and for all. Featuring early performances from Jackie Chan and Sammo Hung (both also handled the film’s stunts, along with Yuen Biao), HAND OF DEATH is an exquisitely stylish example of old school kung fu filmmaking.
Obscure and largely unseen for many years, Eureka have released these two early films from one of action cinema’s all-time greats for the first time ever on Blu-ray, from brand new 2K restorations.
Director: John Woo
Cast: Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung, Pai Wei, Damian Lau, Tan Tao-Liang
Year: 1979/ 1976
- Stunning 1080p presentation of both films on Blu-ray, from brand new 2K restorations
- Cantonese, Mandarin and English audio options
- Optional English subtitles
- Brand new audio commentaries on both Last Hurrah for Chivalry and Hand of Death, by martial-arts cinema authority Mike Leeder
- Archival interviews with director John Woo
- Trailers for both films
- Reversible inlay featuring original poster artwork
- Limited Edition Collector’s booklet featuring new writing by film writer Matthew Thrift [2000 copies]