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88 Asia Collection

posted Jul 21, 2020, 12:15 AM by Vu Nguyen

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Associated Press is reporting that Run Run Shaw has passed away at the age of 106 (the report lists 107, but he was born on November 23rd, 1907).…

While U.S. companies have long abandoned re-releasing classic Shaw Brothers films in America (nobody will buy these Chinese films here), other countries, such as Hong Kong or the United Kingdom, they are still being re-issued. One of those UK companies, 88 Films (based in Lutterworth), have dedicated a whole line 88 Asia to important Hong Kong films.

Looking over their film library, it would seem that 88 Films is a company interested in releasing very specific genres, particularly Martial Arts, Horror, and Slasher. While there may be a small audience for these trashy genres, it’s a passionate fanbase.

Personally speaking, I will be collecting most of these titles in the 88 Asia line, just because I love Shaw Brothers films. There is one non-Shaw Brothers film on this list below called Casino Tycoon (produced by Newport Entertainment Ltd.)… which I think may be a misstep for 88 Films. I’m probably not going to get it, however, for completist’s sake, I may probably end up buying the title just to complete my collection.

So far, I have imported about 10 titles. Some titles are harder to get (or not listed on Amazon), and I may have to try and get it from specialty stores.

If you’re interested in starting your UK collection, be aware that these titles were never meant to be sold in America (because of rights for distribution and legal contracts). These titles are restricted to Region 2, which mean that your Bluray player (set for Region 1) will not play these discs. There are non-region players out there, but for me, I just convert these movies to digital files using MakeMKV (free) and play them on my computer or local DLNA. To me, these Bluray discs, like my DVDs, are basically my “backup”. Plus, I love to display and represent my movie tastes on my shelves.

Anyway, so far, here are all the 88 Asia Collection listed below. The latest releases are The Eight Diagram Pole Fighter (1984) (Alexander Fu Sheng’s last film) and Clan of the White Lotus (1980) (which inspired much of Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill).



01 Hex (1980)
Director: Kuei Chih-Hung
  • Restored HD Transfer in Original 2.35:1 Aspect Ratio
  • The Studio that Conquered a Continent
  • Commentary with Bey Logan
  • Language: Chinese with English Subtitles
  • 02 Black Magic (1975)
    Director: Ho Meng Hua
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p)
  • Restored HD master in original 2.35:1 Aspect Ratio
  • Language: English Dub / Mandarin with English Subtitles
  • 03 Five Element Ninjas (1982)
    Director: Chang Cheh
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p)
  • Restored HD master in original 2.35:1 Aspect Ratio
  • Audio Commentary by Bey Logan
  • Language: English Dub / Mandarin with English Subtitles
  • 04 House of Traps (1982)
    Director: Chang Cheh
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p)
  • Restored HD master in original 2.35:1
  • Audio Commentary by Bey Logan
  • Language: English Dub / Mandarin with English Subtitles
  • 05 Seeding of a Ghost (1983)
    Director: Chuan Yang
  • High Definition Blu-ray‭ (‬1080p‭) ‬
  • Restored‭ ‬UNCUT‭ ‬HD Transfer‭ ‬in Original 1.85:1‭ ‬
  • HONG KONG HORROR‭: ‬A History of Taboo Breaking in the Far East
  • Audio Commentary by ‬Bey Logan
  • Language: English Dub / Cantonese with English Subtitles
  • 06 Mighty Peking Man (1977)
    Director: Ho Meng Hua
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p)
  • Restored Uncut HD Transfer In Original 2.35:1
  • Audio Commentary with Bey Logan
  • Language: English / Mandarin with English Subtitles
  • 07 Killer Constable (1980)
    Director: Kuei Chih-Hung
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p)
  • Restored Uncut HD Transfer In Original 2.35:1
  • Audio Commentary with Bey Logan
  • Language: English / Mandarin
  • 08 Masked Avengers (1981)
    Director: Chang Cheh
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p)
  • Restored HD Master In Original 2.35:1
  • English / Chinese Audio
  • Audio Commentary by Bey Logan
  • An interview with Godfrey Ho
  • 09 The Oily Maniac (1976)
    Director: Ho Meng Hua
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p)
  • Restored HD Master In Original 2.35:1
  • 10 The Flying Guillotine (1974)
    Director: Ho Meng Hua
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation of the Film
  • Restored HD Master In Original 2.35:1
  • Language: English / Chinese with English Subtitles
  • 11 The Bride From Hell (1972)
    Director: Chow Yuk Kong
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation of the Film
  • Restored HD Master In Original 2.35:1
  • 12 Bewitched (1981)
    Director: Kuei Chih-Hung
  • Restored HD Master In Original 2.35:1
  • Audio Commentary by Hong-Kong cinema expert Bey Logan
  • 13 The Brave Archer (1977)
    Director: Chang Cheh
  • Restored HD Master In Original 2.35:1
  • Audio Commentary by Bey Logan
  • Interview with David West
  • 14 Casino Tycoon (1992)
    Director: Wong Jing
  • Audio Commentary by Bey Logan
  • 15 One-Armed Swordsman (1967)
    Director: Chang Cheh
  • English / Chinese Soundtracks
  • Audio Commentary by Bey Logan
  • interview with David West
  • 16 The Dragon Missile (1976)
    Director: Ho Meng Hua
  • English / Chinese soundtrack
  • Audio Commentary by Bey Logan
  • Audio Commentary by David West
  • 17 The Enchanting Ghost (1970)
    Director: Hsu Chiang Chou
  • 8 Page Booklet featuring writings from Lingge Donge
  • 18 The Ghost Lovers (1974)
    Director: Sang-ok Shin
  • Language: Chinese with English Subtitles
  • 19 The Super Inframan (1975)
    Director: Hua Shan
  • Remastered on 2.35:1
  • English / Chinese Mono
  • Behind the Scenes Image Gallery
  • 20 Black Magic 2 (1976)
    Director: Ho Meng Hua
  • Remastered in 2.35:1
  • English/ Mandarin Soundtrack
  • Audio Commentary by Ian Jane
  • 21 The Spiritual Boxer (1975)
    Director: Chia-Liang Liu
  • Restored HD Master in 2.35:1
  • English/ Chinese Audio
  • Audio Commentary by David West
  • 22 The Human Goddess (1972)
    Director: Meng Hua Ho
  • Restored HD Master in 2.35:1
  • Chinese Audio with English Subtitles
  • 23 The Vengeful Beauty (1987)
    Director: Meng Hua Ho
  • Restored HD Master in 2.35:1
  • Chinese Audio with English Subtitles
  • Yueh Hua / Susan Shaw interview
  • 24 Come Drink With Me (1966)
    Director: King Hu
  • Limited Edition Slipcase
  • Booklet Notes by James Oliver
  • Restored HD Master in 2.35:1
  • English / Mandarin Soundtrack
  • Audio Commentary by Samm Deighan
  • 25 The Eight Diagram Pole Fighter (1984)
    Director: Lau Kar-leung
  • Limited Edition Slipcase
  • Foldout Poster by Bob O-Brien
  • Restored HD Master in 2.35:1
  • English / Cantonese Soundtrack
  • Audio Commentary by Scott Harrison
  • 26 Clan of the White Lotus (1980)
    Director: Lo Leih
  • Limited Edition Slipcase
  • Restored HD Master in 2.35:1
  • English / Cantonese Soundtrack


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