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Five Fingers of Death (1972)

Tian xia di yi quan (original title)
Two martial arts schools prepare for an important tournament.

Director:

Chang-hwa Jeong (as Chang Ho Cheng)

Writer:

Yang Chiang (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 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 Bong-jin Jin ... Lu Ta-ming (as Chen Feng Chen)
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Storyline

Promising young student Chi-Hao is sent away to train under a new master in order that he may be able to win a martial arts tournament and thus prevent the local thugs from getting the power and prestige that would come were they to win it. Written by bob the moo

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Come prepared for the thrill of a lifetime! See more »

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Action | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

21 March 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

5 Fingers of Death See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Shaw Brothers See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Five Fingers of Death preceeded the American "Kung Fu" TV series as the igniter of the karate craze that started up so many new schools across this country. In the US, it was released as Five Fingers of Death with some rather funny translation in the dubbing to English. It is now being marketed on DVD as King Boxer, which was its original title in the Chinese. The King Boxer DVD is nice because it provides the English dub as well as the option to view the film in the original Chinese, and subtitles are available. See more »

Quotes

Okada: Hold it!
[as Chao Chi-Hao, Sung Ying Ying & Lu Ta-ming turn around and Chao Chi-Hao walks to face Okada, Okada tosses the severed head of Chen Lang]
Okada: Come on. Let's have a return match.
Chao Chi-Hao: You owe us a good many lives... too many!
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Alternate Versions

Although the UK cinema version was intact the 1986 Warner video was cut by 7 secs by the BBFC to remove a double ear clap and shots of a victims severed eyeballs. The 2009 DVD is fully uncut. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004) See more »

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Still the best
5 May 2001 | by michaelluvsginaSee all my reviews

This was the very first kung fu movie that I have ever seen. The dubbing is not the greatest but alot better than some that I had seen. The plot is much better than some that are made today. It is gory at times but that is what gives it that special push. Academy award material is it not. But if you like to watch fights and a decent story backround, this is for you!


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