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Shaw Bros. Saturday: ‘Crippled Avengers’ is a fit, energetic, acrobatic adventure with a strong heart

30 November 2013 2:00 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Crippled Avengers (a.k.a. Return of the Five Deadly Venoms)

Written by Chang Cheh and Ni Kuang

Directed by Chang Cheh

Hong Kong, 1978

By taking a moment to look at Chang Cheh’s career as a director at the Shaw Brothers studio, one might come to notice that several of the stories he shared employed unorthodox protagonists, namely for their physical attributes. In the late 1960s, there was The One Armed Swordsman, which told the exploits of a talented young student whose misfortune in love led to his arm being chopped off. Determination, practice, and spirit proved doubters wrong as he became a great hero, bringing justice back to the land. Then came the many films starring David Chiang. While true that his characters were never hampered by any physical deficiency resulting from an accident or the malfeasance of others, he was by nature short and lean. Upon first glance, »

- Edgar Chaput

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The Man with the Iron Fists Blu-ray Review

11 February 2013 8:40 AM, PST | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

If you are someone who randomly goes into Universal's The Man with the Iron Fists without any knowledge of its writer, director and star, RZA, allow me to provide some help. First, how in the world are you not familiar with the RZA? Second, RZA Loves Kung Fu. It's something that has influenced nearly every aspect of his life, from his music to his lifestyle to actually studying with the Shaolin Monks. This knowledge makes it no surprise that, given his first opportunity to write and direct a feature film, he took everything he loves about the genre and plopped it down, for good and bad, into one movie.

The film takes place in China sometime in the 19th Century within Jungle Village, a place teeming with rival clans and Kung Fu treachery. When Gold Lion (Kuan Tai Chen), leader of the Lion Clan is secretly assassinated by his second in command, »

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