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Release Date:
21 March 1973 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order)
Lieh Lo ... Chao Chih-Hao
Ping Wang ... Sung Ying Ying
Hsiung Chao ... Okada
Chin-Feng Wang ... Yen Chu Hung
Mien Fang ... Sun Hsin-Pei
Feng Tien ... Meng Tung-Shun
James Nam ... Han Lung (as Nan Kung-Hsun)
Shen Chan ... Wan Hung-chieh
Bolo Yeung ... Pa Tu-er, Mongolian Fighter
Wen Chung Ku ... Sung Wu-yang
Lung Yu ... Tu Wei
Yukio Someno ... Oshima Shotaro (as Ran Yeh)
Tse Lin Yang ... Sun's pupil
Chi Chu Chin ... Chen Lang
Bong-jin Jin ... Lu Ta-ming (as Chen Feng Chen)
Hsing Chung Hung ... Inn-keeper (as Seong-Jung Hong)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chuan Chen ... Wan's henchman
Chuen Chiang ... Zaemon
Shao Lun Chiang
Hsieh-Su Fung
Hsia Hsu ... Street challenger
Ha Huang
Pei Chi Huang
Chia Yung Liu
Tsun Liu
Wai Lo
Choh Lam Tsang ... Street barker
Fat Tsui
Ching Ho Wang ... Tournament official
Ching Wong ... Meng henchman
Shu Tong Wong ... Yen Chi Hung
Shi-Kwan Yen
Shing-Chau Yuen
Shun-Yee Yuen

Directed by
Chang-Hwa Jeong  (as Chang Ho Cheng)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Yang Chiang  screenplay

Produced by
Run Run Shaw .... producer
Original Music by
Yung-Yu Chen 
Cinematography by
Yung-Lung Wang 
Film Editing by
Hsing-Lung Chiang 
Kung-Wing Fan 
Art Direction by
Chi-Jui Chen 
Makeup Department
Yuen Fang .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ching Po Chang .... assistant director
Wei Chun Shen .... assistant director
Sound Department
Jean-Michel Beranger .... french dubbing mixer
Yung-Hua Wang .... sound recordist
Chuan Chen .... action coordinator
Chia Yung Liu .... action coordinator

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Also Known As:
"Tian xia di yi quan" - Hong Kong (original title)
"King Boxer" - (short title), Hong Kong (English title) (original subtitled version), Ireland (English title) (imdb display title)
"5 Fingers of Death" - USA (poster title)
"King Boxer: Five Fingers of Death" - USA (DVD box title)
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USA:104 min | South Korea:89 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Australia:M (original rating) | Australia:R (2007) | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:(Banned) (1973) | New Zealand:R18 | South Korea:15 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:15 (re-rating) | UK:15 (re-rating) (2009) | UK:18 (video rating) (1986) | USA:R | West Germany:16

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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 »
messenger:Hey listen! Some great news! Chi-Hao's beat up Chen Lang down at Chen Sun House.
Han Lung:What? You're kidding.
messenger:No, no, no, I saw it happening!
Han Lung:God damn it.
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7 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Classic Kung Fu!, 22 October 2003
Author: kstro from New Zealand

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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