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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lieh Lo ...
Ping Wang ...
Hsiung Chao ...
Chin-Feng Wang ...
Mien Fang ...
Feng Tien ...
James Nam ...
Han Lung (as Nan Kung-Hsun)
Shen Chan ...
Bolo Yeung ...
Pa Tu-er, Mongolian Fighter
Wen Chung Ku ...
Lung Yu ...
Yukio Someno ...
Oshima Shotaro (as Ran Yeh)
Tse Lin Yang ...
Sun's pupil
Chi Chu Chin ...
Bong-jin Jin ...
Lu Ta-ming (as Chen Feng Chen)
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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 first international martial arts movie sensation See more »

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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 »

Quotes

Meng Tien-hsiun: Mister Wan, what can I do for you?
Wan Hung-chieh: Well now, our young master loves singing. He'd enjoy your company.
Meng Tien-hsiun: I've never met your master. How can you *suggest* such a thing?
Wan Hung-chieh: [chuckles] I'll introduce you. Now you just come along with me.
Meng Tien-hsiun: I'm sorry, I can't go.
Wan Hung-chieh: Oh, I *see*, so you want it the *hard* way.
[begins pulling her along by her arm]
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Classic Kung Fu!
22 October 2003 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

This is my favourite kung fu movie. It has a very authentic flavour, seasoned by an eerie music score (of tradition chinese instruments, I think), and some wonderfully over-acted melodramatic moments contrasted by heavily affected comedy. Indeed, while attempting to create their own "Western" (i.e. Cowboy film) genre, the Chinese concocted a whole new animal, marked by kung fu fighting and its associated sound effects.

The story of Five Fingers of death is simple, a story of revenge (for killing a loved one) and the pursuit of the main character to master the "iron-fist-technique" that will enable him to wreak holy vengeance on his enemies. There is even a love interest, though the awkward, polite kind (found in most Chinese films of the period). The end result however is great and much more authentic than any Bruce Lee movie.


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