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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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PALE before the forbidden ritual of the steel palm. 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:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The English dubbed version, released through Warner Brothers, was the film that launched the craze for "kung fu" movies in the United States. See more »

Quotes

Chen Lang: He's got less guts than a mouse.
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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 »

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Referenced in While We're Young (2014) See more »

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Classic Kung Fu!
22 October 2003 | by kstroSee all my reviews

This is my favourite kung fu movie. It has a very authentic flavour, seasoned by an eerie music score (of tradition chinese instruments, I think), and some wonderfully over-acted melodramatic moments contrasted by heavily affected comedy. Indeed, while attempting to create their own "Western" (i.e. Cowboy film) genre, the Chinese concocted a whole new animal, marked by kung fu fighting and its associated sound effects.

The story of Five Fingers of death is simple, a story of revenge (for killing a loved one) and the pursuit of the main character to master the "iron-fist-technique" that will enable him to wreak holy vengeance on his enemies. There is even a love interest, though the awkward, polite kind (found in most Chinese films of the period). The end result however is great and much more authentic than any Bruce Lee movie.


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