The Drug Addict (1974)

By Will, on July 29, 2016, 7:00 am The Drug Addict [吸毒者] (1974)

1974 was a year of newfound freedom for the biggest stars in the Shaw
stable. Chang Cheh established Chang’s Film Co. in Taiwan, and
coinciding with that he gave his biggest stars a shot at directing their
own films. The Drug Addict was David Chiang’s debut in the
director’s chair, but if you didn’t know it, you might think he already
had a number of films under his belt. It has its issues, but it largely
overcomes them by delivering effective and engaging drama. Chiang went
on to direct another 14 films over the next 21 years, so I think it’s
safe to say that directing fit well with his personality.

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