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The Martial Arts Sequences of
Dracula and the 7 Golden Vampires
Were Directed by Chang Cheh

screen capture of British movie title
screen capture from the UK version of the film


Filmography Entry
DRACULA AND THE 7 GOLDEN VAMPIRES [HK] (1974) [directed by Roy Ward Baker;
     martial arts sequences directed by Chang Cheh (uncredited)]-- Peter Cushing, 
     David Chiang, Robin Stewart, Julie Ege, Shih Szu (UK: THE LEGEND OF THE 
     SEVEN GOLDEN VAMPIRES; edited US version: SEVEN BROTHERS MEET DRACULA)

Book Quotes:

From Roy Ward Baker (British Film Makers) By Geoff Mayer, page 59:
     The production techniques of the Hong Kong studio differed 
from Baker's normal approach and this led to friction.  For 
example, the film's co-producer Vee King Shaw, argued that a local 
crew should choreograph, and film, the martial arts sequences.  
Baker, on the other hand, believing that it was his overall 
responsibility to 'make a Hammer film for distribution in the 
English-speaking markets',225 insisted on directing these sequences 
himself.  Principal photography began on 22 October 1973, and after 
viewing a rough cut of the first kung fu scene on 31 October Run 
Run Shaw demanded that all action sequences be filmed by one of 
his studio directors.  Henceforth the martial arts sequences were 
choreographed by Liu Chia-Liang and a second unit was formed under 
the direction of Chang Cheh, a Shaw Brothers director.226  This 
decision produced a noticeable inconsistency in the film's style 
and the attempt to merge Baker's classical set-ups and 'realist' 
presentation with the anti-classical, anti-realist martial arts 
techniques favoured by the Shaw Studios produced a jarring effect.   
This is readily apparent, for example, in the scenes involving the 
undead.  Chang Cheh also filmed additional martial arts scenes for 
a 110-minute 'Far East' version."227
From Roy Ward Baker (British Film Makers) By Geoff Mayer, page 68:
226: Hearn and Barnes, The Hammer Story, p. 165
227: Ibid.

Bibliography:

The Hammer Story
by Hearn and Barnes
[first printing]

(1997)
81k
Roy Ward Baker
(British Film Makers)

by Geoff Mayer

(2004)
39k
The Hammer Story
by Hearn and Barnes
[revised edition]
(2007)
22k

Books that definitely have references to Chang Cheh:
Hearn, Marcus, and Alan Barnes.  The Hammer Story.  London, England:
     Titan Books, 1997.  Paper: 191 pp.  ISBN-10: 1852868767  
     ISBN-13: 9781852868765  LC: PN1999.H3 H43 1997  D: 384/.8/0650941 21

Hearn, Marcus, and Alan Barnes.  The Hammer Story.  London, England: 
     Titan Books, 1997.  Hard: 191 pp.  ISBN-10: 1852867906  
     ISBN-13: 9781852867904  LC: PN1999.H3 H43 1997  D: 384/.8/0650941 21 

Mayer, Geoff.  Roy Ward Baker (British Film Makers).  Manchester, UK: 
     Manchester University Press, 2004.  Hard: 224 pp.  
     ISBN-10: 071906354X  ISBN-13: 978-0719063541  PN1998.3.B28 M39 2004
A book that may or not have references to Chang Cheh:
Hearn, Marcus, and Alan Barnes.  The Hammer Story: the Authorised 
     History of Hammer Films.  London, England: Titan Books Rev. ed., 
     2007.  Hard: 192 pp.  ISBN-10: 1845761855  ISBN-13: 978-1845761851  
     LC: PN1999.H3 H433 2007  Dewey: 384/.8/0650941 22

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