Cave of the Silken Web

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Hong Kong | 1967 | 82 minutes | Ho Meng Hua

This 1967 Shaw Brothers' classic is an action-packed remake of the 1927 silent epic. In The Cave of the Silken Web, our traveling monk and his three companions encounter seven sexy spider demons, convinced they will live forever on their flesh. 

Few names are more synonymous with martial arts cinema than the Shaw Brothers Studio. Throughout the 1960s and 70s their films helped to popularize Wuxia swordplay and Kung Fu action in American grindhouses and on Saturday afternoon television, and with The Cave of the Silken Web, the studio produced one of their most fantastical films. The third film of four based on the classic Chinese novel "Monkey," and a remake of Dan Duyu's 1927 film epic, it follows a traveling monk, Xuanzhang, and his three companion-protectors-Monkey, Pig, and Friar Sand-in their search for a missing scripture. However, this merry band soon wanders into the titular cave, which so happens to be inhabited by seven sexy spider demons. Spying the monk, this legion of lethal ladies concocts a plan to devour the monk's flesh-a feast that will grant them eternal life. Soon enough, both Xuanzhang and Pig are captured within the spider demon's web, leaving it up to Monkey and Friar Sand to rescue the hapless pair before the spider women can make their final banquet preparations. Exquisitely crafted, the film is a gorgeous fantasy filled with lush color cinematography, massive martial arts action, and an unforgettable musical number. Screens with Cave of the Spider Women.

Director Biography

Born in Shanghai in 1929, Ho Meng Hua studied at a theatrical academy and then joined Shaw Brothers in 1955. He debuted as director in 1958 with An Appointment After Dark and went on to direct over forty films for Shaw brothers covering multiple genres.

Sponsored by Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, San Francisco, Aegis Gardens

  • Original Language Title: Pan Si Dong
  • Director: Ho Meng Hua
  • Principal Cast: Ho Fan, Angela Yu Chien, Wu Wei, Helen Ma
  • Country: Hong Kong
  • Year: 1967
  • Running Time: 82 minutes
  • Producer: Run Run Shaw
  • Screenplay: Cheng Kang
  • Cinematographers: Lin Kuo-Hsiang
  • Editors: Chiang Hsing-lung
  • Music: Wang Fu-ling
  • Filmography: The Mighty Peking Man (1977), Vengeance Is a Golden Blade (1969), The Land of Many Perfumes (1968), Susanna (1967), The Monkey Goes West (1966), Princess Iron Fan (1966), Between Tears and Laughter (1964)
  • Language: Mandarin
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • International Sales: Shaw Brothers