Five Deadly Venoms (1978)





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As the master of a school for the martial arts lies dying, he lays a charge on one of his youngest students--to stop the havoc being wreaked by his other students as they use their teachings for evil. Goodguy vs. badguy, martial-arts style.
Action & Adventure , Art House & International , Drama
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Sun Chien
as Ma Chow
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Critic Reviews for Five Deadly Venoms

All Critics (3)

... a late entry in the old school Hong Kong martial arts spectacle with a fun spin on the familiar revenge plot.

Full Review… | August 17, 2009

Bad dubbing, bad sound effects, thin plot, poor makeup, really fake-looking fight scenes.

Full Review… | December 31, 2000
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April 15, 2005
Worcester Telegram & Gazette

Audience Reviews for Five Deadly Venoms


widely known as one of the great kung fu films, five deadly venoms has a solid story that holds the payoff of a subtle mystery until the end for an epic fighting scene. although the fight choreography is a bit weak through the first part of the film, the payoff is worth it by the end. solid martial arts classic.

danny d
danny d

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This is one of my favourite kung-fu films and is regarded as one the most popular Shaw Brothers from the late 70's. The plot is interesting and twisty, the characters are cool each with their own style - toad, snake, lizard etc. The action is limited in comparison with other Chang Cheh / Venoms films but what is there is interesting with different kung-fu styles on display from the various characters. I recommend this film to those who think all Shaw Brothers especially Chang Cheh's films are the same, most of his films usually focus on the 10 tigers and Shaolin vs Manchu conflicts. This film is breath of fresh air in comparison.

Cassandra Maples
Cassandra Maples

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the shaw brothers' cult classic, aka wu du or five venoms, has a suspenseful plot as well as plenty of great colorful fight scenes. lots of fun if u don't mind the cheesy sound effects and typically bad dubbing. some would say that's part of it's charm but i think it deserves a better dvd treatment. currently being remade and not by quentin tarantino!

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

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