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Five Deadly Venoms (1978)

Wu du (original title)
The final student of a dying martial arts master is instructed to locate the previous five students and defeat any evil ones among them.

Director:

Cheh Chang

Writers:

Cheh Chang, Kuang Ni (as I Kuang)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sheng Chiang ... Yang Tieh
Chien Sun ... Ma Chou / Kao Chin, Scorpion
Phillip Chung-Fung Kwok ... Ho Yuan-Hsin / Meng Tien-Hsia, Lizard (as Chui Kuo)
Meng Lo ... Liang Shen, Toad (as Mang Lo)
Pai Wei Pai Wei ... Chi Tung, Snake
Feng Lu ... Chang Hsiao-Tien, Centipede
Lung Wei Wang ... Judge Wang
Feng Ku ... Old Master Yuan (Guest star)
Dick Wei ... Master (as Lung Tu)
Shu-Pei Sun ... Constable Lin Kuang
Huang-Hsi Liu 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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Storyline

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: 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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Taglines:

Five Complete Strangers, The Perfect Inheirtence Treasure, What Could Possibly Go Wrong? See more »

Genres:

Action

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

12 August 1978 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Five Deadly Venoms See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Shaw Brothers See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Blu-ray)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The "snake" role was originally intended for a woman. See more »

Goofs

When 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

Chi Tung, Snake: [looking intently at Ma Chow] I didn't expect three.
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Referenced in Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003) See more »

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To the Point!!
18 March 2001 | by silverandblack72See all my reviews

After reviewing this intense martial arts movie for the first time in nearly 18 years, I must say it did not lose any of its mysticism, nor any of its eye-popping martial arts action as I had remembered from my youth. The story of a dying martial arts instructor sending his "unfinished" pupil out to find the 5 past members of his Poison Clan, so they do not seek out a fortune which the master's friend keeps hidden. Afraid that his last pupil did not have enough training, he instructs him to befriend one of the five "venoms" so as to defeat the other four.

I can't say enough about the choreography or the camera work. A fine film in its own right and quite possible one of the best martial arts movies ever made. A CLASSIC!!


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