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Return of the 5 Deadly Venoms Reviews

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½ July 26, 2016
This is actually titled "Crippled Avengers" and is not a sequel to 5 Deadly Venoms despite the title here.
July 19, 2016
When your son gets his arms cut off and the wife gets her legs cut off and dies, it doesn't give you the right to turn into a right nasty cunt. Sadly, this is what happens to Chen Kuan-Tai. I love the training and the premise of revenge is genius. One of my favourite Shaw Brother productions.
June 12, 2016
Surprisingly funny and sometimes overtly gory kung-fu story about 4 guys all made handicapable by the same evil kung-fu master. The evil master became a big meanie after someone killed his wife and "dearmed" his son, so you kinda feel for the guy. The extended fight scenes are excellently choreographed and demonstrate a lot of acrobatic skill.
May 5, 2016
What an odd, kinda stupid little movie.
½ May 22, 2015
Also known as "Crippled Avengers", this martial arts tale tells the story of four men, each crippled by a cruel villain. They find each other and learn to cope with their disabilities, in order to take revenge.

The movie is full of hired villains, so the crippled avengers can fight them. A fantastic battle involving a large metal ring, a man with metal hands, a man with metal legs, and a crazy guy speaks for itself. Crippled Avengers is a very stylish and highly entertaining martial arts spectacle.
½ September 18, 2012
Even less plot than an average martial arts flick, but some really well choreographed, acrobatic extended fights. Some interesting fighting props, as well. The very last fight is underwhelming - everyone just seems like they're tired and want to stop - but it's pretty short and the fights leading up to it are fun.
½ August 2, 2012
Crippled Avengers (Return of the 5 Deadly Venoms) has wondrous fight scenes but the rest of the film is rather silly and weird. It's still worth a watch.
May 19, 2012
This is a great movie i am a big fan of the Venoms!!!!
February 14, 2012
This film is glorious. Absolutely glorious.
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August 26, 2011
Chang Cheh and the venoms create one of their most memorable films. Fantastic stunts, great premise, the usual revenge story but gone the extra mile. A must see.
December 8, 2010
The best Venoms pic had absolutely nothing to do with the Venoms... go figure.
December 8, 2010
The title of this movie is misleading, as it's not a sequel to Chang Cheh's THE 5 DEADLY VENOMS, it was saddled with the "Return of" here in the States since THE 5 DEADLY VENOMS was such a big hit and this film features much of the same cast (dubbed The Venom Mob). The original title of this movie was CRIPPLED AVENGERS, which is a more accurate name for this one. Chen Kuan Tai plays a master whose son's hands are cut off by his enemies, once his son is grown he learns kung-fu and gets a set of iron hands straight out of a James Bond movie. The master and son get a huge hard-on for crippling people out of spite, and they pick on four guys in particular, one they blind, one they cripple, one they turn into a deaf-mute, and one they brain damage (most of these guys can overcome their handicap, but as Ron White says, you can't fix stupid). In true Shaw form they come to the compound of a master who helps them with their issues, and pretty soon they come back to get revenge on the evil master and son. There is a certain sameyness to a lot of the Venom-era Chang Cheh films as many of them have poor pacing a plotting that is incoherent to people who aren't familiar with the famous Chinese novels he's adapting, but this movie is perfectly paced and puts the Venoms skill as a performing troupe to great use. It has that over-the-top absurdity that comes with this era of Shaw kung-fu films, and that's part of the charm.
½ December 8, 2010
I've seen Feng Lu and Kuo Chui fight in several movies now but it never gets old. I continue to be surprised at how acrobatic these guys were. Really great movie with a crazy premise that works really well. Several of the best action actors of the era all in the same film. And don't be confused, it's not really a sequel to The 5 Deadly Venoms!
December 8, 2010
Released as "The Return Of The 5 Deadly Venoms" in the US (thusly why this release has it printed on its cover and as its title on the film itself) this film has actually NO CONNECTION to the original "5 Deadly Venoms". This makes sense when you realize that it's actually the film "Crippled Avengers" in gimmicky disguise. Luckily, if you are willing to overlook this little eye-rolling cash in, "Crippled Avengers" is a fun Shaw Brothers flick quite worthy of the buy even if it isn't the sequel it claims to be.

Four men find themselves the cruel joke of a superior martial artist's hatred in a small village. When his wife is killed and son crippled (they cut off his arms) his soul becomes twisted. He crafts iron arms for his son and trains him in a very deadly form of martial arts. He then terrorizes the people in the village by crippling them like he son was. When four men team together after being crippled (one is blind, one is deaf and dumb, one is legless, and one is brain damaged) they seek vengeance for his cruelty. They learn kung-fu from another teacher to overcome their handicaps to take on this horrid man. Now its a fight to the death over lost limbs.

Turns out its not only the title that's a gimmick in "Crippled Avengers". Like many Shaw Brother's films, this one takes a fairly basic revenge tale, twists it a bit, and then lets it run and sees where it goes. Despite it's rather ludicrous concept and even worse dialogue, "Crippled Avengers" comes out on top with thick charm and even more impressive choreographed lengthy fight sequences. Yeah, the plot is pretty basic and its random plot points (the man who loses his legs gets it because he accidentally bumps into the villain's iron armed son) tend to bring out the quizzical eye brow a bit too much, but I'll be damned if this film isn't a shit load of fun.

With some pretty (unintentional) comedic moments concerning their disabilities, at times the film wants to move in some different directions. The 'idiot' cripple is supposed to bring a comedy element more often than not which never really work, at least not in this day and age, and the film tends to lack logic in its pacing.

To counter balance some of its underdeveloped plots and off road tangents, "Crippled Avengers" does know that in the end people are there to watch its gimmicky kung-fu action sequences. And it does just that. In mass. Three quarters of the film is dedicated to the choreography that ranges from weapon battles (staffs, swords, balls on swinging chains), to impressive acrobatics (ring leaping, duel person tag team), to non stop punch and parry kung fun in all of its flexing intensity. This is what truly makes "Crippled Avengers" a must see for kung-fu fans because they sequences are insanely long. I was tired just watching the damn things, that's how long and intense they were. In all honesty, that's fucking awesome.

"Crippled Avengers" may not have been the sequel I wanted to my favorite kung-fu flick of all time, but it was a fine and cheesy watch that sufficed all my martial arts needs. The story was bad, but it justified the impressive and gimmicky choreography. Definitely a must watch for fans of Shaw Brothers.
½ February 24, 2010
also known as CRIPPLED AVENGERS (CAN QUE), the english dub of this shaw brothers classic might be remembered as much for one particular line of dialogue as it is for its unrelenting, lengthy action sequences:

"sure, he's well-known for his ball-shot technique!"

SERVING SUGGESTION: alongside kei law's THE CRIPPLED MASTERS (TIAN CAN DI QUE), which was released one year later, you've got an excellent kung-fu cripples double feature.
August 23, 2009
not sure why this has no synopsis. it's a movie about a deaf/mute man, a blind man, a man with no legs, and a mentally challenged man who learn kung-fu to get revenge on some wealthy kung-fu master who crippled them. way more empowering for disabled people than the special olympics. see it.
June 24, 2009
Awsome Movie for old skool martial arts
½ April 17, 2009
This movie has another title "The Crippled Avengers". Another Shaw Bros. classic in my opinion.
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