Celestial signs content deal with El Rey Network

Louise Duffy | 28-02-2014

Hong Kong-based Celestial Pictures has signed a multi-year content deal with El Rey Network, the new English-language cable channel from filmmaker Robert Rodriguez.

Under the agreement, El Rey Network will offer subscribers titles from the Shaw Brothers library such as The 36th Chamber Of Shaolin, The Sword Of Swords, The Eight Diagram Pole Fighter and The Flying Guillotine.

All films come with English dubbed tracks and English subtitles and will be featured throughout the schedule and during the network's monthly Saturday kung fu marathon. The next marathon will air on 1 March and features The One Armed Swordsman trilogy.

Kristen Tong, head of business and legal affairs at Celestial Pictures, said: "Celestial Pictures is excited to showcase our finest martial arts content to the El Rey Network community. El Rey is the perfect outlet to broadcast the cinematic action of the classic Shaw Brothers films."

Robert Rodriguez said: “Long before El Rey Network was born, I had many of the Shaw Brothers films on my playlist at home. It was a hard drive that had my hit list of personal favorites and certainly these titles were among the best in kung fu films.

“They are action-packed and still have cult status among fans of the genre. We are thrilled to partner with Celestial Pictures on this collection as it is a perfect addition to our existing line-up of renegade programming.”