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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 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 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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The first international martial arts movie sensation See more »

Genres:

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

Shen Chin-Pei: Chi-Hao, you're and honest and level-headed youngster. You're bound to go far. I'd like to... teach you my secret technique, known as the Iron Fist.
Chao Chi-Hao: Thank you, Sir.
Shen Chin-Pei: Chi-Hao, during the past year I've given you all sorts of menial tasks. That's because I wanted to test your patience, and toughen you up physically. That's the first step in training for the Iron Fist.
Chao Chi-Hao: Thank you very much, Sir.
Shen Chin-Pei: You see, I'm not getting any younger, and in that incident earlier on today, I got quite badly hurt. So ...
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Referenced in Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004) See more »

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MUST-SEE for Kung Fu Fans
7 March 2005 | by bart-117See all my reviews

"Five Fingers of Death" is a classic of 70's kung fu cinema. As the film that "broke out" HK cinema to the west, this is a must see for any serious fan of the genre. It's also a damn entertaining film, with hard-hitting, non-stop action, solid and mostly believable fight choreography and great over-the-top 70's era dubbing ("Oh I see ... so you want it THE HARD WAY!! HWAA!!").

"Five Fingers" is an eye-for-an-eye revenge tale ... and I mean literally, eye for an eye! It's great to see Lo Lieh portraying a hero. He played so many great villains later in his career - including Pai Mei in the classic FIST OF THE WHITE LOTUS, which was one of the characters Tarantino used in creating the Pai Mei of KILL BILL.

My only complaint is that I wish there was a better quality DVD - mine looks like it was a VHS transfer. Overall this is a great film - don't miss it!

Bart Blackstone Film Club - Hollywood, CA


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