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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 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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Trivia

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

Goofs

Near the end where Lizard, Scorpion, Snake, Centipede and the last pupil confront one another at Snake's home, Lizard addresses Centipede as "Number 5." The Centipede was actually "Number 1" and was referred to as such throughout the rest of the movie. The Toad was "Number 5" and was referred to as such throughout the rest of the movie. This is undoubtedly an error in the English dubbing, not in the original Chinese dialogue. See more »

Quotes

Chi Tung, Snake: [looking intently at Ma Chow] I didn't expect three.
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as good as it was twenty years ago
18 February 2004 | by hartonoSee all my reviews

I first saw this movie in early eighties and saw it again lately in a newly remastered DVD (thanks to Celestial and Shaw Brothers; the picture is very nice).

In this movie Chang Cheh (the director) relied on six relatively new actors: Kuo Chui (who choreographed Tomorrow Never Dies), Chiang Shen, Sun Chien, Lo Mang, Lu Fung, and Wei Pai (who left the club after Invincible Shaolin, the next movie, to join Golden Harvest). Chang Cheh then made many movies later on starring some of these actors (I saw most of them).

I think this movie is one of their best (other notable movies include Five Element Ninjas and House of Traps). I liked it twenty years ago and still like it today.


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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

12 August 1978 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Five Deadly Venoms See more »

Filming Locations:

Hong Kong, China

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Shaw Brothers See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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