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Five Deadly Venoms (1978)

Wu du (original title)
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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Sheng Chiang ...
Chien Sun ...
Ma Chou / Kao Chin, Scorpion
Phillip Chung-Fung Kwok ...
Ho Yuan-Hsin / Meng Tien-Hsia, Lizard (as Chui Kuo)
Meng Lo ...
Pai Wei ...
Feng Lu ...
Lung Wei Wang ...
Judge Wang
Feng Ku ...
Dick Wei ...
Master (as Lung Tu)
Shu Pei Sun ...
Constable Lin Kuang
Huang-Hsi Liu ...
Men Hua
Hui Huang Lin ...
Prison Gaoler
Ching Ho Wang ...
Constable
Lao Shen ...
Fruit vendor
Han Chen Wang ...
Prison Coroner
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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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12 August 1978 (Hong Kong)  »

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Ranked #11 in Entertainment Weekly's "Top 50 Cult Films of All-Time." See more »

Goofs

When the the teacher's final student introduces himself to the Lizard, he refers to himself as number four when he is actually number 6. This surely is a goof with the dubbing. See more »

Quotes

Qi Dong, Snake: I came from a wealthy family. I've joined the clan because I wanted to learn a special kung-fu, be a real expert, but in actual fact, I've just become a killer. Killings : That all I know. Damn. Every day. Another. When Liang Shen died, it was the first time I felt it prick my conscience. Then to hide that one, we've killed again : First Wong Fa and then Ling Xuong.
Ma Chow, Scorpion: You've just asked me "When will it end?" Well let me tell you: Once an evil deed is done, then it never ends... it goes on and it ...
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Featured in Chop Socky: Cinema Hong Kong (2003) See more »

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Well-made Shaw Brothers martial arts drama
7 September 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I admit, I'm a huge fan of the Shaw Brothers studio; alongside Hammer, it's my favourite film production house. Most of their films seem to be bright, action-packed and thoroughly entertaining, and THE FIVE VENOMS (aka FIVE DEADLY VENOMS) is one of their most influential outings.

Here's the good news: the director is Chang Cheh, one of Shaw's most prolific and best, so you can rest assured that the film is a visual treat. The cast is decent, featuring the five famous Venom kung fu actors in their most memorable roles (Lo Meng is particularly good as the tough Toad, forced to undergo a number of strenuous trials). Production values are exemplary, as you'd expect.

What about the martial arts? Well, it's plentiful, as you'd expect, but not quite up there with the best of the Shaw Brothers. Oh, it's good, you can be assured of that, but it's not on a level with the frenetic action of, say, FIVE ELEMENT NINJAS or CRIPPLED AVENGERS. The complex, angst-filled mystery-cum-kung-fu story is actually better than the action. Still, it's all good, and THE FIVE VENOMS is a classic for a reason; there's little to dislike here.


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