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Five Fingers of Death (1972)
"Tian xia di yi quan" (original title)

R  |   |  Action, Drama, Romance  |  21 March 1973 (USA)
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Two martial arts schools prepare for an important tournament.


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Oshima Shotaro (as Ran Yeh)
Tse Lin Yang ...
Sun's pupil
Chi Chu Chin ...
Bong-jin Jin ...
Lu Ta-ming (as Chen Feng Chen)


Promising young student Chi-Hao is sent away to train under a new master in order that he may be able to win a martial arts tournament and thus prevent the local thugs from getting the power and prestige that would come were they to win it. Written by bob the moo

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The English dubbed version, released through Warner Brothers, was the film that launched the craze for "kung fu" movies in the United States. See more »


Chen Lang: There's three Japanese guys. They're waiting for you in the woods. They'll kill you.
Chao Chi-Hao: Why are you telling me this?
Chen Lang: I suddenly realized... what mean guys these three Japanese fighters are... and I couldn't work with them anymore.
Chao Chi-Hao: So there is some decency left in you.
Chen Lang: From this day on, I'm through with Ming Dung-Shun's crowd. All of 'em.
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Classic and not in a trite way
20 June 2005 | by (Harrisburg PA USA) – See all my reviews

I saw Five Fingers at the Drive-In in...what, 1973, '74? It was the the first Kung-Fu movie I'd ever seen and I was greatly entertained. I recently bought it on DVD and watched it again. I was greatly entertained the second time, too. I believe this is probably the one most Kung-Fu movies are modeled after. Rival Schools, different styles, revenge, "white hat" good guys and "black hat" bad guys. They even threw in the Japanese (VERY bad guys) styles of Karate and Judo. I remember being amused by the dubbing dialog, along the lines of "Hey You! You are a very bad guy!" and "They should not get away with this! I will have a go at this bad crowd!" This time it wasn't so distracting, I guess I'm used to it. If you have even the slightest appreciation of this genre, this is one you should see.

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