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Five Elements Ninjas (1982)

Ren zhe wu di (original title)
A young martial artist seeks revenge on the Ninja who kills his martial arts brothers and teacher. He finds help in the form of a new teacher (who knows Ninjitsu) and new brothers. Together... See full summary »

Director:

Cheh Chang (as Chang Cheh)

Writers:

Cheh Chang (screenplay), Kuang Ni (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Tien-Chi Cheng ... Shao Tien-hao
Tien Hsiang Lung ... Brother Li
Meng Lo ... Shi Shang
Michael Wai-Man Chan ... Chin Tien Chun (as Hui-Min Chen)
Pei Hsi Chen Pei Hsi Chen ... Senji
Li Wang ... Lien Mu
Ke Chu Ke Chu ... Chen Chun
Tai-Ping Yu Tai-Ping Yu ... Huang Fa
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Shen Chan
Yung Chan Yung Chan
Kuo Chao Kuo Chao ... Huang Han
Hui-Men Chen Hui-Men Chen ... Chien Yuan
Hung Chen Hung Chen
Yiu-Sing Cheung Yiu-Sing Cheung ... (as Yao-Hsing Chang)
Kin Ping Chow
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Storyline

A young martial artist seeks revenge on the Ninja who kills his martial arts brothers and teacher. He finds help in the form of a new teacher (who knows Ninjitsu) and new brothers. Together the four pupils face the Five Element Ninja challenge: Wood, Earth, Gold, Water, and Fire. Written by Anonymous

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Five complete elements, one surviving ninja, what could possibly go wrong?

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Action | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

21 April 1982 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Chinese Super Ninjas See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Shaw Brothers See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Alternate Versions

The broadcast version of the film edits the scene where the heroes rip the lead villain in half, making it look as if he is still in one piece, as well as an extra scene involving Tien-Hao and Shi Sheng speaking after the master's plan is discussed is deleted. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Super Ninja (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Vision of Fear
(uncredited)
Written by Edward Michael
Published by De Wolfe Music Ltd.
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Fun old school martial arts movie
6 October 2019 | by Wizard-8See all my reviews

Thanks to Netflix, I've finally had the chance to take in some Shaw Brothers movies and see what all the fuss is about them, this movie included. It's a pretty enjoyable martial arts exercise overall; if you like the 1970s to early 1980s style of Hong Kong martial arts, you'll certainly like this one. That's not to say that it's perfect, however. The script does have a few patches that while I won't say are boring, do come off as kind of padding and may have you mildly urging the movie to get on with it. Also, the basic story is one that has been told in dozens of other martial arts movies. But with the inclusion of ninjas, it definitely has a fresh element to liven things up. Indeed, the scenes with the ninjas have enough nuttiness (not to mention well choreographed and exciting action) to make it worth sitting through the parts that are routine or a little slow. The production values are also pretty solid for this kind of movie, even though it's clear that the "outdoor" sequences are actually on a soundstage. Definitely give this movie a look if you're craving some martial arts action with a little silliness.


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