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Five Deadly Venoms (1978)
"Wu du" (original title)

R  |   |  Action  |  12 August 1978 (Hong Kong)
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A dying teacher instructs his final student to check on the activities of five former pupils, each of whom he taught a unique and special style of kung-fu to: The Centipede, Snake, Scorpion... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kuo Chue
Philip Kwok ...
He Yuan-xin, Gecko / Lizard (as Kuo Chui)
Chien Sun ...
Sheng Chiang ...
Feng Lu ...
Meng Lo ...
Pai Wei ...
Lung Wei Wang ...
Judge
Feng Ku ...
Shu Pei Sun
Huang-Hsi Liu
Lao Shen
Hui Huang Lin
Ching Ho Wang
Han Chen Wang
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A dying teacher instructs his final student to check on the activities of five former pupils, each of whom he taught a unique and special style of kung-fu to: The Centipede, Snake, Scorpion, Lizard, and Toad (hence the title). His final student, who knows a little of each style must team up with one of the other good students to destroy the evil ones if there are any. Greed and treachery ensue as the student discovers that some of the students are indeed evil. But which one can he trust enough to team up with? Written by Ken McCary <kmccary@amaroq.ces.ncsu.edu>

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Five Complete Strangers, The Perfect Inheirtence Treasure, What Could Possibly Go Wrong? See more »

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Trivia

Although promoted under the title "The Five Deadly Venoms," some English dubbed prints shown in the U.S. are actually titled simply "Five Venoms." See more »

Goofs

Near the end where Lizard, Scorpion and the last pupil confront Snake and Centipede at the Snake's home, Lizard addresses Centipede as, "Number 5." The Centipede was actually "Number 1," and was referred to as such throughout the rest of the movie. The Toad was "Number 5," and was referred to as such throughout the rest of the movie. This is undoubtedly an error in the English dubbing, not in the original Chinese dialogue. See more »

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Yang Tieh: Poison Clan Rocks the world!
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Referenced in Nightmare (1981) See more »

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To the Point!!
18 March 2001 | by (California) – See all my reviews

After reviewing this intense martial arts movie for the first time in nearly 18 years, I must say it did not lose any of its mysticism, nor any of its eye-popping martial arts action as I had remembered from my youth. The story of a dying martial arts instructor sending his "unfinished" pupil out to find the 5 past members of his Poison Clan, so they do not seek out a fortune which the master's friend keeps hidden. Afraid that his last pupil did not have enough training, he instructs him to befriend one of the five "venoms" so as to defeat the other four.

I can't say enough about the choreography or the camera work. A fine film in its own right and quite possible one of the best martial arts movies ever made. A CLASSIC!!


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