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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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(16 articles)
User Reviews:
Without doubt the greatest Kung Fu movie ever made. See more (28 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 (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 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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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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Runtime:
USA:104 min | South Korea:89 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:
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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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Without doubt the greatest Kung Fu movie ever made., 21 June 2006
Author: Ivan Bradley from England

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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