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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.


Cheh Chang


Kuang Ni (screenplay) (as I Kuang), Cheh Chang (screenplay)




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 (as Wang Lung-wei)
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


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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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »


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 »


Judge: You've ten days to solve this or else you'll be whipped. For every extra day, there's one extra stoke.
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Referenced in Luke Cage: Step in the Arena (2016) See more »

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A Real Man's Kung-Fu Movie
23 June 2009 | by ebiros2See all my reviews

There's no romance or other side plot to this movie, it's action and intrigue all the way, making it a real man's kung-fu movie.

An aging master dispatches his last disciple Yan Tieh to stop his five former pupils who's styles represents five venomous animals centipede,snake, scorpion, lizard and the toad. Despite the word "Venom" in the title, none of these pupil uses venoms to kill their opponents. Yan Tieh told by his teacher that he's no match for the five former pupil, must find one he can form an alliance with to defeat the other four. How Yan Tieh and the others find each other is the intrigue to the story, with good kung-fu action spread out throughout the story.

Recognized as a cult classic, this movie has already established itself in the annals of kung- fu action movies. It's known well enough that other movies make reference to the five styles depicted in this story.

It's no artistic masterpiece, with the usual bad dubbing, and corny acting, but the movie is one of the best of its kind, because its so focused on the all the ingredients of kung-fu action movie of its time, and gives an extra concentrated dose of them.

One movie you must watch if you are a kung-fu movie fan.

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Release Date:

12 August 1978 (Hong Kong) See more »

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Hong Kong, China

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