Five Element Ninjas (1982)
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aka 'Chinese Super Ninjas'
Loss of a fight means loss of a life.
A group of brothers seek revenge after their brother is lured in by a sexy temptress and brutally murdered by her Japanese samurai brethren. The brothers find a master that teaches them Ninjitsu and they return to their hometown to take down the samurai and regain their land.
"Not even the best defense can stop the ninjas."
Cheh Chang, director of Five Deadly Venoms, Return of the Five Deadly Venoms, One-Armed Swordsman, The Kid with the Golden Arm, The Flag of Iron, and House of Traps, delivers Five Elements of Ninjas. The storyline for this picture is very fun and well done for the genre. The martial arts are awesome and well done and the Venoms deliver wonderful performances and action.
"He's a samurai. He represents me."
I had seen this a long time ago and recently found it on Netflix and decided to watch it again for the first time in a long time. This was very well executed and contained a worthwhile plot that comes together well. This is a must own and see for fans of classic martial arts picture.
"I don't want to die here with you."
Director Chang Cheh's hilarious decade (and a half?) long obsession with male cleavage reaches it's apex with this epic of kung fu BDSM and explosive bloody dismemberment. Among the last of his films for the Shaw Bros. as HK cinema found itself changing under the guidance of Tsui Hark, Wong Jing, Jackie Chan, John Woo (a former Chang assistant) and others. I didn't appreciate this film when I saw this back in the day (except for the unintentional laughs), but as it's unlikely we'll ever see movies like this again, it's easier to see what hat a wonderful work of art this is.
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