Having produced more than a thousand films and fostered some of the most influential filmmakers and superstars, the Shaw Brothers studio played an indisputably crucial part in laying the foundation of Hong Kong Cinema. This 3-part series takes a look behind the scenes of this movie kingdom, each part focusing on one of the film genres the studio was best known for - kung fu action, swordplay drama, and costume drama and musicals. The series features rare archival footage and exclusive interviews with a host of Hong Kong film titans, including Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, Jet Li, Sammo Hung, Gordon Liu, John Woo, Chor Yuen, Lau Ka Leung, David Chiang, Kara Hui, Cheng Pei Pei, Ivy Ling Po, and the man behind the legend - Sir Run Run Shaw.
Hong Kong & Taiwan are two islands inextricably linked by their huge neighbor. Modern metropolises full of eastern traditions, they're forging forward in the 21st century as China's little dragons. Traveler Megan McCormick begins her journey in Hong Kong, looking out at the incredible skyline from Victoria Peak. She then takes in the contrasts of the city before taking the ferry visit Tap Mum Chau and Lantau Island. After a flight to Taiwan she explores the capital Taipei, ending her trip with a visit to its most remote outpost - Orchid Island. Along the Way… · Drive through the stunning Taroko Gorge · Place your bets at the Happy Valley Racecourse · Take a lesson in Tai Chi on the Kowloon waterfront · Experience a glorious sunrise from the peak of Jade Mountain · Indulge yourself with a shopping trip to the Shenzhen Special Economic Zone