Which Shaw Brothers actor was the most charismatic

 
 
Bone Breaker Cinema: A Little Kung Fu Guide
 Ang Lee's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon comes as an ambitious counterpoint to a current trend: Martial arts influences seem to have become the last lifeline for the long slack western action cinema. After the takeover of Hong Kong by China, Hollywood not only grabbed the cream of the local directors such as John Woo or Ringo Lam. Stunt choreographers like Yuen Wo Ping were also brought to America from the Asian metropolis to bring a breath of fresh air to the US Tschinn-Bumm cinema. Hollywood has been infected with kung fu ever since the mega success of "The Matrix", for which Mr. Ping and his team made Keanu Reeves & Co. fly. There are films like "Romeo Must Die" or recently Charlie's angels had to whirl through the air.
 "You killed my master! You will pay for it ...."
 
 
 What should not be forgotten when America once again adorns itself with foreign - this time Asian - feathers is the rich tradition of real Kung Fu film. Hong Kong has produced countless productions, which often resemble porn in their dull reduction to a few show values, but there are also some jewels sparkling in the middle of the garbage ...

 "Your master can ..."
 
 
Hong Kong, late 60s ...
 A highly lucrative film universe with its own laws. The six million inhabitants of what was then the British Crown Colony visit the cinemas en masse to escape their cramped, overcrowded apartments. And those who pay admission want to catapult themselves out of their social dreariness. Out into a world where everything is larger than life, faster, higher, nobler and more pathetic. The wondrous laws of the silent film era still rule here, here you want to see larger-than-life melodramas, extreme comedy and crazy acrobatics.

 Chang Cheh, principal director of the legendary Shaw Brothers studio
 
 
The Shaw Brothers present
 The Shaw Brothers give the audience what they want. The brothers Run Me and Run Run Shaw dominated the Hong Kong film industry with countless assembly lines. Every trend is cannibalized immediately, and when Japanese sword fighting films boom in the early 1970s, things get going. A flood of wild, extremely well choreographed B-movies from the Shaw factory picks up on the wave. Save yourself elaborate dialogues, is the motto. More swords, more blood, more flying bodies! The recipe works. And at some point the swords will be replaced by bare fists.

 Angela Mao, "Lady Kung-Fu" from the 70s ...
 
 
Ladies & Gentlemen: Mr. Bruce Lee
 Kung Fu films will soon be booming worldwide, from the South Bronx to Vienna Meidling. But the Shaw Brothers still have a problem. The Elvis of the genre has not signed with them. Bruce Lee is with the competition. And the most charismatic star of his time wants to do more than just slow down cheap trash productions. Bruce Lee wants to change the image of the Chinese in the western world, and he wants to conquer Hollywood. He succeeds in both.

 Bruce Lee, still the most important Kung Fu star for many
 
 
The next wave
 With the mysterious death of Bruce Lee on July 20, 1973, the Kung Fu genre is heading towards its demise for the first time. Countless Lee copies flood the market, and the Shaw Brothers file for bankruptcy. But the martial arts film is making a comeback. With Jackie Chan, a new comedic star is rising in the martial arts heaven. And new companies, directors and technologies lead to the next boom in the 80s. Behind the camera are talents like John Woo or Tsui Hark, who later became the gods of directing Hong Kong films.

 Jackie Chan in casual clothes