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A day at the Shaw Brothers’
Within the myth, the archives 1/1 - Page 3
Author(s) : David Vivier
Thomas Podvin
Date : 10/7/2007
Type(s) : Information
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Lau Kar Leung
Movies :
Return To The 36th Chamber
Companies :
Shaw Brothers
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The Shaw Brothers archive is constituted of impressive corridors packed with tons of reels, posters and memorabilia (including movie press books, posters, official publications, magazines, lobby cards, etc.).

Memorabilia for Liu Chia Liang's Return to the 36th Chamber (right).

Reels and posters that have nurtured the dreams of worldwide fans are merely stacked.

The archives rooms are kept under low temperature and a specific humidity rate so as to preserve the film copies and keep mold away. Although the conditions of conservation were in no way comparable to world-class film archives run with governmental funds, Celestial has preserved a big chuck of the HK film heritage despite limited resources.


These are the release prints of SB films shown in the cinemas.
Negatives are stored elsewhere, in more secure manner.


The world's largest Chinese-language film library, the SB stock consists of 760 movies, including melodrama, huangmei diao (Yellow Plum Opera), fantasy, wuxia movies from the 1960s and the authentic kung fu films from the 1970s and 80s. Almost 80% of the 760 film library has now been digitally restored.

”It is fascinating to think about all that has gone before and in some way to do our best to continue the legacy of Shaw Brothers, the heritage and the great films that were produced here,” commented Pfeiffer.

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