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5 Masters of Death (1974)

Shao Lin wu zu (original title)
R | | Action, Drama | 1979 (USA)
Five students escape from the destruction of their beloved Shaolin Temple...now each must take revenge and train in their own seperate fighting styles...they will become The Five Shaolin Masters!!


Cheh Chang


Kuang Ni (screenplay)
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Credited cast:
David Chiang ... Hu Te-Ti
Lung Ti ... Tsai Te-Chung
Sheng Fu ... Ma Chao-Hsing
Kuan-Chun Chi ... Li Shih-Kai
Fei Meng ... Fang Ta-Hung
Lung-Wei Wang ... Ma Fu-Yi
Ka-Yan Leung ... Chien San (as Chia-Jen Liang)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Shao-Chun Chang Shao-Chun Chang
Yi-Kuei Chang
Chin-Hai Chen Chin-Hai Chen
Shen-Lin Chen
Ti-Ko Chen
Yi-Hsiung Chi
Tao Chiang ... Chen Wen-yao
Wan-Hsi Chin


The story is simple (Shaolin vs. Manchu traitors), but the effect was anything but, as the screen's most charismatic action actors team with a legendary director and revered choreographers (Liu Chia-liang and brother Liu Chia-yung) for scenes of unparalleled power. Written by Celestial Pictures

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16 August 2005 | by montecristocountSee all my reviews

I was influenced by this movie to start training Martial Arts, first Kung fu, then Tae Kwon Do. It gave me some motivation when I lost almost all my friends because I was the kind of kid always searching for adventures and physical activities and they just disappeared from the scene because of the Atari's video games.

I loved the values of this 5 masters of the Shao Lin temple by honoring their ancestors, masters and school-temple and giving some pay back to the bad guys who betrayed and killed their people.

The stunts are great athletes and for sure great martial artists as well, but above all real combat experts instead of flying wired clowns.

The music is good, but I don't like the sound that all movie makers add to punches and kicks almost as fake as those "Pow" from Batman but I guess that is or was a standard in the industry so that is not their fault (producers and/or director of this movie).

Considering the context and the year when it was made, this movie deserves respect because it's original and it inspired so many kids when we start enjoying the benefits of VCR's (Beta format) back in early to middle 80's. Plus it teaches to kids that if you want to win, you need to pay the price and you need to go through training and discipline.

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1979 (USA) See more »

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Hong Kong, China

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