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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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12 August 1978 (Hong Kong)  »

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Five Deadly Venoms  »

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Trivia

The "snake" role was originally intended for a woman. 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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Referenced in Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003) See more »

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17 August 2012 | by See all my reviews

As a kung-fu film, this is interesting in its emphasis on claustrophobic Gothic horror, and above all, mystery. The viewer figures things out alongside the characters, with plenty of red herrings, a la giallo. Admittedly it would work a lot better as a film it more time was spent on character development (we get very broad strokes--one is hotheaded and a bit thick, one is very proud and noble, one is a manipulator, etc), but it's still impressive how it manages to juggle so many elements in a way that makes sense.

There are a dozen other forgotten Shaw Bros movies that could have just as easily become inexplicable cult classics if the dice of the universe rolled the right way, but slight overrating doesn't make this any less fun.


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