I wasn't sure about including this film in these entries about Taiwanese Black Movies released by IFD & Filmark because it is not a "real" gangster movie but finally I decided to do it because Escape to Freedom was starred by most of the people who developed the subgenre at the time. Another reason I have dediced to post an entry about this movie is because Escape to Freedom is one of those "lost" or missed movies from IFD catalog without any clue like manay of their taiwanese films...remember the Thunderbolt saga, they were the most popular ones but they are not longer avaliable from IFD.
Escape to Freedom was a 1982 production starring Elsa Yeung ( one of the IFD Queens...and it is quite possible she doesn't know about it) & Tien Peng among other popular taiwanese actors. The movie changes the gang wars in the streets of Taipei for a national adventure against Japanese invaders... This anti-japanese war movies were also a subgenre itself in Taiwan, like the Gangster movies.
The movie was bought by IFD in released under several different titles. The IFD first official title for this production was Scape to High Risks but then it was also released on tape in countries like Spain as Highnoon Scape. Once again, IFD just bought the rights for its international release, dubbed it into English language & sold it around the world keeping the original taiwanese cut.
The movie was directed by Ching Gong, who was an excellent director & scriptwriter at Shaw Bros. Some personal favourite of mine are his The Criminal series released & produced by Shaw Bros during the middle 70's. Those works outlined what the Taiwanese Black Movies would be in a near future.
The producer of Escape to Freedom was Yang Teng Kuei who was also the man who made possible many of Danny Lee's direct to video police adventures such as Shoot to kill & all those bloody and ultraviolent gangster thrillers that just were a logic continuation of the style and features of the original taiwanese black movies.