Three men, crippled by an evil warlord, become friends and learn kung fu with the help of an old teacher and his idiot pupil.

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Kuan-Tai Chan ...
Tao Tien-tu
Feng Lu ...
Tao Sheng
Phillip Chung-Fung Kwok ...
Chen Shun (as Kuo Chui)
Meng Lo ...
Wei Da-ti
Chien Sun ...
Hu Ah-kuei
Sheng Chiang ...
Wang Yi
Lung Wei Wang ...
Lin Yung
Chen-Tu Tan ...
Master Law Bo
Tai-Ping Yu ...
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Miao Ching ...
Li Jing-ying
Helen Poon ...
(Guest star) (as Ping-Chang Pan)
Dick Wei ...
Tien Nan Tiger #1 of the Southern Sky (as Lung Tu)
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Hsi Chang
Shih-Ou Chang
Chih-Lu Chen
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A wealthy kung fu expert, who is turned bitter and evil by the slaying of his wife and the loss of his son's hands, bullies a town through terror and force. They find pleasure and satisfaction by crippling those who stumble in their way. Four of those who are crippled, a hawker who is blinded, a blacksmith made mute and deaf, a drifter who loses his legs, and a fighter who loses his sanity, band together to use their disabilities to the best of their advantage. The four are tested time and time again, and demonstrate their strengths and abilities. Written by Chris Castellano <Chris_Castellano@Engelhard.com>

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Not A Sequel
23 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Classic 70's kung fu, Tarantino might have taken some of his ideas from flicks like this, even the Matrix franchises.

The main actors starred in over a dozen films together, although this film has nothing to do with the 5 Deadly Venoms characters, it does not take away its entertainment value. I originally viewed it as "Mortal Combat", perhaps this film was incorrectly renamed "Return of..." due to the infamous video game.

Directed by Chang Cheh, he showcased the talented skills each actor possessed, the training/fighting sequences with Philip Kwok (blinded) and Chiang Sheng (scholar maimed an idiot) displayed their "light skills" - acrobatics and incorporating weapons are amazing, Sun Chien (legs cut off) showed off kicks better than a Rockette, Lo Mang (rendered deaf-mute) demonstrated upper body strength training with multiple boxing bags.

As an avid VenomBratPacker, I enjoyed "Return of..." aka "Mortal Combat" more than "5 Deadly Venoms".


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