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5 Fingers of Death [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Lieh Lo , Ping Wang , Chang-hwa Jeong    DVD

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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a woman's slant on this movie 16 Oct 2006
By Sophia Bezirganian - Published on
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I was surprised to see some reviewers give this movie a lukewarm rating--not for the fighting as much as for the movie's plot. I've seen maybe 12 martial arts fliks--fewer than many reviewers, so maybe I'm a bit green. But I thought the plot was FASCINATING, and the acting outstanding. Although the plot features very typical outcomes for the good and the bad guys, and predictable subplots (like the hero's faithfulness to his first girl back home in the little village in spite of the very hot but proper second girl who tempts him),the magic is in the details--we can guess that A will lead to B, but HOW THIS MOVIE GETS FROM A TO B is VERY WELL CRAFTED. As for the acting, the hero truly manages to be subtle at the same time that he is passionate. He shows a nice mix of the old-fashioned vs. the flashy (though still understated) hero. I loved the clever switch from his playing the role of submissive reserved student who crawls out of the bar after being humiliated by the newly arrived fearsome bad guy one day, to his return the next day to the bar in an oustandingly heroic and funny payback scene. The women were stereotyped, but managed to play their roles with that sexy Asian girl grace, and with a sweetness that didn't seem overdone. As for the fighting? Who am I to say, but my eyes feasted. There was always a nice balance between the fighters so that it wasn't obvious till the very end who would win. And the transitions from one fighting scene to the next in the last half hour were done so well, and with such surprising plot twists and drama that I was on the edge of my seat!
25 of 32 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Setting the record straight(hopefully)... 12 April 2005
By Chet L. Young - Published on
"Five Fingers of Death"(original title: "King Boxer") is most emphatically NOT the "greatest martial arts movie of all time" or whatever it says on the box. It's a fairly typical early 70s Shaw Brothers film that became famous--or infamous--as the first kung-fu flick to be shown in American theaters. There had been many, many films like this before...American audiences just hadn't seen them. Also, some sources list prolific Shaw moviemaker Chang Cheh as the director of "Five Fingers". This is incorrect; it was directed by Chang Chang Ho.

So, if "Five Fingers" is not, after all, the yardstick by which all other martial arts films are measured, what IS it? It's an enjoyable, corny kung-fu programmer, very much a product of its time. The fights are choreographed in fine old Hong Kong style,

on a par with Bruce Lee's first two movies; they are not sped up and there are no computer effects(which you weren't expecting in the first place, since this was made in 1971...right?). The climactic battle is a little underwhelming for a Shaw film, but it's adequate. The story is your standard, Chinese-good-guys-versus-Japanese-bad-guys fare, but you have to remember that "Five Fingers" was one of the first movies to make use of this storyline--even before Bruce's "The Chinese Connection".

Above all, you should see it for two reasons: it's one of the few Shaw Brothers films readily available on DVD in the United States(even their average movies were miles ahead of standard Hong Kong fare in terms of martial arts choreography and production values) and it stars Lo Lieh, who passed away three years ago. As the hero, he's holding back just a little here(he was always better in villainous roles), but Lo was one of the true superstars of the genre. Buy "Five Fingers of Death" and get to know him.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST HAVE!!!!! 25 Aug 1999
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This should be one of the first movies to get if you ever start collecting kung fu movies or just would like to watch one and see what's the craze. Not only was it the first kung fu movie to hit American soil, but where would Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, and Jet Li be if this movie didn't have such a breakthrough. Lo Lieh set this movie off. I liked the old school action, other than the pausing punches and kicks that came along in the mid-seventies. GET THIS MOVIE!!!
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't over analize it!!!! 20 July 2005
By Laurence Kitsch - Published on
All you guys who (righty) point out the facts that "5 Fingers of Death" has bad acting, effects and editing, entirly miss the point. From Wang Yu to Master Bruce Lee, they all have foibles.

Indeed, I also saw every Kung Fu movie made in the 70s, and as much as I enjoyed many of them, this is the one that I remember the most (except Master Bruce's), and in fact found inspiring. Get off your high horses and accept and enjoy it dispite all its foibles. In my humble opinion, the story was engaging, the actors intresting and the fight scenes exciting. The current Kung Fu movies to me are boring and unwatchable. So what if through CGI the actors can fly and walk on water? It's all phony and looks so. Expensive garbage. At 51 I could do the same with the help of a computer.

This is by far the best Kung Fu movie without Bruce Lee. For many reasons I won't go into here. And Bruce Lee's movies (all 5 of them) are far superiour to any of the slick, packaged, expensive stuff being turned out today. He's still remembered and adored more than 30 years after his death. Will any of the Kung Fu actors or movies of today be remembered in 2037? Ha!!! But 5 Fingers of Death is, and so is Bruce's films, dispite thier shortcomings. The person I find the most intreaging in this film is Chen Leng. The guy who hits his opponents with his head. When we first meet him he destroys the Mongolian fighter. Then kicks ass at the other Kung Fu school until he fights the schools master. Then beats him with trickery. Then he fights the hero and almost beats him, but then loses. So. Is he a winner? Or a loser?

He's both!!! Just like you and me. Then at the end he redeems himself by saving the heros life after a bout of guilt by working with persons who are truly evil. I hope you can all see my point and look past "I'll see you later". After all he saved the heros life and sacrificed his own in the process. And all with complete courage, and self confidence that I doubt I would have. There is some real deep thinking being displayed here. I encourage any fan of martial arts movies to add this one to their collection. And enjoy it for what it is. It's a great movie in its own way, and anyone who was as deeply affected by it as I was in 1973 will surly agree. Sometimes it matters more to enjoy something rather than to judge it. Blessed be and thank you for reading this. Peace. Lorenzo.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great classic of the genre 25 Nov 2006
By J. D. Hudnall - Published on
This may have been the first Kung Fu movie I saw. It made a big impression on me at the time. While the martial arts are stagy and the music swiped from American movies and TV (Ironside and Diamonds are Forever) it is a seminal film for it's clever script.

Unlike the hackneyed plots of other such films, this movie throws some real curve balls at you. It also has a delicious villain who is much more clever than we're used to seeing in these movies. Even to this day I find some of the stuff he does disturbing, and I'm pretty jaded at this point. It's all in the nature of his underhanded methods.

The transfer on this DVD isn't that good. But this is an important film in the Kung Fu canon and should not be missed. It's also one of the many influences on Kill Bill 1. Notice the Ironside music and smash zoom close ups in that movie area direct swipe from 5 Fingers of Death.
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