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Five Element Ninjas [Blu-ray] [1982] [Region A] [US Import]

Lo Meng , Cheh Chang    Blu-ray
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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Product details

  • Actors: Lo Meng
  • Directors: Cheh Chang
  • Format: Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Chinese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Tokyo Shock
  • DVD Release Date: 13 Mar 2012
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005UNI2VQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 141,368 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FURIOUS NINJA MADNESS! 20 May 2010
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
AKA: Chinese Super Ninjas (Western Dubbed Version).

This is one review where it's gonna be hard for me to contain myself but i'll try to focus and bring you the down low. So the basic story is as follows: Two Kung Fu schools come together every so often to show their fighters skills and see which school is the best. Suffice to say one school is filled with honourable good guys and the other is filled with sneaky little monkeys, and in true sneaky monkey style when the deciding bout comes they bring in a Japanese samurai to fight the good guys. The outcome of this fight brings on a whirlwind of the brown stuff in the form of an army of angry ninjas headed by the Five Element Formation. These are five groups of ninjas with very different styles based on the slightly different and extended eastern elements set. So as well as including fire, earth, WOOD and water based ninjas we have another set of ninjas who are synonymous with metal. I won't ruin what tricks each of these sets of ninjas has up their fishnet sleeves but the scenes including these sets of ninjas are worth the price of this DVD alone. So what else is there to look forward to in this old school ninja mash-up. Well as you probably know, to be frank, ninja movies are usually a bunch of guff, they can usually only be appreciated in that sort of ironic, cheesy, way that seems to make up 90% of a student's sense of humour. So is this one any different? Read on to find out more:

THE HIGH KICKS:
- There are loads and loads of ninjas in this beast - I mean they are (literally at points) crawling out of the woodwork. If you want all-out ninja war then you've come to the right place, my Kung Fu brother/sister.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 10 Mar 2014
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Great to now own this on DVD! One of my all time faves! Not easy to obtain. Thank you very much!
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FIVE ELEMENT NINJA 7 Nov 2010
Format:DVD
This film is a classic SHAW BROTHERS.........NINJA's OF JAPAN VS KUNG FU OF CHINA
SOME GREAT FIGHTS........the five elements are great, loved this film I have it already in chinese, so when it came out with english audio I had to have it.......
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally ... 7 Mar 2010
By Jargonaut - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
One of my all time favorite martial arts/ kung fu movies gets a proper American release. The film quality is excellent! There has always been a lacking quality in all subsequent region 1 releases (poor picture quality /full screen/ no sub titles). The English dub is still the same and while I'm not one to harp on translation and voice acting, the American dub is pretty lame. I can always look past such things as it is not part of the true film itself. I will not go into plot details to extremes because you can read many other reviews on why people love this movie, but here are a few reasons why it tops my list. The plot is fairly simple, the costumes are lavish and super hero like, the blood flows, the variety of cool weapons is unmatched, there are ninjas (duh!) whose weapons and costumes match their element style, there is gore (fighter steps on his own guts/man gets drawn and quartered, etc.), the fight choreography is imaginative, wild and well executed, there are slow motion sequences, Meng Lo is a bad ass, jeez this list could keep going! I still get excited seeing the very beginning open were blood flows to reveal the title (how cool is that?). I absolutely love the first battle scene between the two clans. The top fighters are going one on one to see who is best. Each fighter has a different weapon style. It's just killer! If you own any other version of this film or if you just love over the top wild martial arts films, you need to own this! It is the best version out there. As I've said before if you are a martial arts realist nerd stay away! And while the film is based on actual ninja techniques and weaponry, it is a fantasy, it is a comic book, and it is a lot of fun!

Bonus: Subtitles. During certain scenes Chinese characters pop up in the upper parts of the screen. The subtitles reveal what element style is being preformed (something I have always wondered, never being able to read Chinese).
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars First-rate transfer from Tokyo Shock 10 July 2010
By Michael W. Jaworski - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
In 1982, Chang Cheh's Venom team was no more. His 1982 classic, "Five Elements Ninjas" (Super Ninjas), saw the return of Lo Mang, with Ricky Cheng in the lead. Kuo Chui went to Taiwan with Lu Feng & Chiang Sheng to choreograph, direct and star in his own Ninja film, "Ninja in the Deadly Trap", which wasn't half-bad. "Five Elements Ninjas" not only had Lo Mang & Ricky Cheng, but it also starred Chu Ko (who did the choreography with Ricky), Wang Li, Yu Tai-Ping, Lung Tien-Sheng & real-life former Triad gang member, Chan Wai-Man, as the Ninja leader. Despite the fact that I thought some of the sets looked a little on the cheap side, it had all of the Chang Cheh elements.

There seemed to be quite a bit of research done on Ninjitsu & Japanese martial arts to make it seem more authentic. That part was based on historical literature and literary references from noted Japanese martial artists; it doesn't state that the story is based on historical fact. The literature is about martial arts, not Japanese culture. The 22 minute climatic showdown is worth the price of admission alone. Tokyo Shock did a great job with this transfer; remastered, widescreen, behind-the-scenes photos & an awesome segment on "Golden Arm Kid" Lo Mang. You can watch it in either Mandarin (with remastered subs) or the English dub; which unfortunately is kinda lame this time. Either way it's a classic though.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie, Great Transfer...good Mono dub 20 Mar 2010
By R. Tubbs - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
If you are a fan and a collector of quality gems such as Shaw Brother Martial Arts movies then what are you waiting for my friend? Aren't you sick of watching that full screen 3rd generation dub? Well then..buy this copy!!

I watch all of my dvd's on a Blu Ray player at 1080p 24fps so let me tell you
this copy at that rate is outstanding. Therefore, on a standard progressive scan dvd player it will look terrific!!

This copy is crisp with great color and clarity. One of the best and bloodiest of all of Chang Cheh's movies.

Only gripe...the mono mix is good to great for the english dub. When there is no music in the background the dialogue seems to dip a bit every now and then however, this is very minor. Overall it is a 5 star pick up for your catologue. Get it now!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An end all, be all version of the greatest Kung-Fu film ever! 17 July 2012
By Bart Wilkus - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Super Ninjas, Five Element Ninjas, Chinese Super Ninjas, call it what you will, but if you know this title, than you know it is pretty much the greatest, classic kung-fu film ever! Not only is it the best kung-fu film, it is arguably the greatest ninja flick as well. This movie is action packed from the start, and chock full of glorious weapons in action, flowing glue-on facial hair and side burns, and copious amounts of fake gore. And the story is actually pretty damn good as well, not difficult to follow or lost in the translation like so many other films from the Far East. But enough about the movie, this is a review of the Blu-Ray DVD. As a fan of this film, I have collected nearly every release on VHS and DVD to come out, including all the European import versions, bootlegs, and most recently a Mandarin standard DVD release that included a restored wide-screen version with the original Chinese dialog. This was a treat, because for the past 30 years I have only been able to watch this film in 4:3 TV mode with the English dubbing. So to see the film in its original scope with the original audio was a real treat for a long time fan. I figured this version would be the best I would ever see, and that was until this Blu-Ray version came out, which is not only in its original wide-screen format, but it includes both the original dialog audio as well as the hilarious, nostalgic English language track. The picture is excellent, and appears fully restored. And perhaps the most important part of any good release, is that the film is devoid of cuts and edits. In many previous releases, this film had much of the excessive violence removed and the film cut for length. But this Blu-Ray release is pretty much perfection on plastic! This is the ultimate version to own, and I suppose the only additional comments I can make about this release, is regarding the special features, which are not all that exciting, but worth a watch once.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome 14 Jan 2014
By FORREST MCDOW - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
This is a must see movie for Martial Art fans. I do not to give the movie away but I can tell you there is a good storyline and great fight scenes. Check it out, one of the Shaws brothers best.
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