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Director:
Writer:
Yang Chiang (screenplay)
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Release Date:
21 March 1973 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
The Martial Arts Masterpiece! Sights and Sounds Like Never Before See more »
Plot:
Two martial arts schools prepare for an important tournament. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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User Reviews:
MUST-SEE for Kung Fu Fans See more (27 total) »

Cast

  (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
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
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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 Chen .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Jean-Michel Beranger .... french dubbing mixer
Yung-Hua Wang .... sound recordist
 
Stunts
Chuan Chen .... action coordinator
Chia Yung Liu .... action coordinator
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Tian xia di yi quan" - Hong Kong (original title)
"5 Fingers of Death" - USA (poster title)
"King Boxer" - Hong Kong (English title) (original subtitled version)
"King Boxer: Five Fingers of Death" - USA (DVD box title)
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Runtime:
USA:104 min
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1.33 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
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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Trivia:
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:
Yin Yin's Dad:Chi-Hao, can you afford to be selfish, when so much is at stake?See more »
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References "Ironside" (1967)See more »

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7 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
MUST-SEE for Kung Fu Fans, 7 March 2005
Author: bart-117 from United States

"Five Fingers of Death" is a classic of 70's kung fu cinema. As the film that "broke out" HK cinema to the west, this is a must see for any serious fan of the genre. It's also a damn entertaining film, with hard-hitting, non-stop action, solid and mostly believable fight choreography and great over-the-top 70's era dubbing ("Oh I see ... so you want it THE HARD WAY!! HWAA!!").

"Five Fingers" is an eye-for-an-eye revenge tale ... and I mean literally, eye for an eye! It's great to see Lo Lieh portraying a hero. He played so many great villains later in his career - including Pai Mei in the classic FIST OF THE WHITE LOTUS, which was one of the characters Tarantino used in creating the Pai Mei of KILL BILL.

My only complaint is that I wish there was a better quality DVD - mine looks like it was a VHS transfer. Overall this is a great film - don't miss it!

Bart Blackstone Film Club - Hollywood, CA

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