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Five Fingers of Death (1972)

Tian xia di yi quan (original title)
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 ...
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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 English dubbed version, released through Warner Brothers, was the film that launched the craze for "kung fu" movies in the United States. See more »

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Okada: Hold it!
[as Chao Chi-Hao, Sung Ying Ying & Lu Ta-ming turn around and Chao Chi-Hao walks to face Okada, Okada tosses the severed head of Chen Lang]
Okada: Come on. Let's have a return match.
Chao Chi-Hao: You owe us a good many lives... too many!
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Featured in Martial Arts Mayhem Vol. 1 (1996) See more »

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Without doubt the greatest Kung Fu movie ever made.
21 June 2006 | by (England) – See all my reviews

Released as KING BOXER in the U.K.

This film was essentially the FIRST kung fu film to go on general release in the U.K. Many of us had ratcheted through Kurosawa's astonishingly gritty and involving dramas and were used to oriental film being beautifully shot and lit, with somewhat restrained pacing, all in all like leafing through an album of very fine still photographs that just happened to be moving.

Along come Run Run Shaw and co. with their widescreen "home movie" production values, and astonishing ripe-for-parody dubbing and all the rules have changed. KIng Boxer was the first in through the door, leaving a clearly marked trail for others to follow with their feet planted firmly on top of the blazed footsteps.

In spite of hokey plots, pantomime acting, cheesy jump-cuts and spaghetti western style snap-stepped zooms, this film was marvellous. Gorgeous without being opulent and with the most brilliant fight choreography ever to grace a screen. We loved the sickening violence, the anguish, the testosterone. The martial artists among us found some of the techniques fascinating, if flamboyant and oftentimes silly. It was so very different from the Japanese stuff we all knew, and it had lovely acrobatic grace that perfectly complemented the sickening violence and bloodstained floors. Delightful.

The "KIng Lear" scene was, at the time, quite a milestone in schlock "You cruel bastards.. My **** !!" Now it's rather less shocking, but still a bit of a gut-churner

We didn't notice that any females in sight were absolutely one-dimensional. After seeing more films of the genre, it now stands out like a sore thumb, but at the time it didn't matter

This film defined what would rapidly become the kung-fu movie clichés. All of them. Watch it and remember that until this burst onto the western screens, there was no genre for it to slot into. It was unique and awesome. It was the first kung fu movie and it still is, for me and many others, the best.


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