Five Deadly Venoms

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Five Deadly Venoms tells the tale of a martial arts master who commands a student to track down some of his other students and get them to stop those that have used their skills for nefarious ends. The Centipede, The Snake, The Scorpion, The Lizard, and The Toad must decide if they will join together to obey their old master's wishes.
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Overview

Five Deadly Venoms tells the tale of a martial arts master who commands a student to track down some of his other students and get them to stop those that have used their skills for nefarious ends. The Centipede, The Snake, The Scorpion, The Lizard, and The Toad must decide if they will join together to obey their old master's wishes.
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Commentary by Hong Kong cinema expert Bey Logan
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This kung-fu cult favorite doesn't quite live up to its reputation but still offers plenty of colorful action for fans of the genre. The big problem with Five Deadly Venoms is that it allows its story to overwhelm its action instead of allowing these elements to work hand in hand. The setup of a student uncovering the five mysterious "venoms" is promising but gets quickly sidelined by a political-corruption plot that bogs down the film's midsection with courtroom scenes that bring its momentum screeching to a halt. As a result, Five Deadly Venoms has less martial arts action than it could have had, and its pacing lacks the zip of other Shaw Brothers kung-fu classics like Five Fingers of Death. Despite this key problem, the film has its moments: the opening sequence, which depicts an old instructor laying out the deadly skills of the five title characters, has an entrancing comic-book feel, and the epic final battle dishes out plenty of wild martial arts action. Ultimately, Five Deadly Venoms is too convoluted and awkwardly paced to appeal to non-martial arts fans but offers up enough eccentric thrills to please the genre's hardcore enthusiasts.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/17/2011
  • UPC: 883476032054
  • Original Release: 1978
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  • Source: Weinstein Company
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Dubbed
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Time: 1:41:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 24,510

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Chiang Sheng
Chiang Cheh
Sun Chien
Kuo Chue
Lu Feng
Philip Kwok
Lo Meng
Technical Credits
Chang Cheh Director, Screenwriter
Mona Fong Producer
Chiang Hsing-Lung Editor
Wu Hsu-ching Makeup
Tsao Hui-chi Cinematographer
Ni Kuang Screenwriter
Kung Mu-To Cinematographer
Runme Shaw Producer
Run Run Shaw Producer
Johnson Tsao Art Director
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Great Martial Arts Classic!

    I remember borrowing this from a coworker friend a good 5 years ago who insisted I should see it, so I did, and I really rather liked it. I went out and bought my own copy pretty shortly afterward. It's a great movie about betrayal and revenge...and the martial arts in this, though at times unrealistic, was pretty awesome. I thought it was pretty cool how each of the students in this had been given the titles of different poisonous creatures, and trained in different methods...but neither studen knew who the other was, and later on, they have to try and figure out who the others are. If you are into martial arts at all, especially old skool martial arts movies, then I most definitely recommend this one. It's a great addition to any martial arts collection.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A unique style of martial arts ever witnessed.

    I watched it as a kid and was amazed by its technique use of animals especially the deadly ones. I only saw it once and I yearn to see it again. This was 20 years ago! That's why I'm going to buy it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fully loaded

    5 Deadly Venoms has to be one of the best Kung Fu movies ever made. It embodies the entire circle of what makes a great Kung Fu movie. 1. You first have all of your ''styles.'' 2. Then you have to have bad guys beat up good guys 3. Finally you have good guys getting there ''practice on'' and defeating the good guys in the end. The best part about this movie is the betrayal and twist at the end. I highly recommend anyone of the original Kung Fu Genre to get this one in your collection NOW!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Great Classic

    This movie started it all. I remember when I was little and I saw 7 deadly venoms and since then I had a passion for Martial Arts. Im now 26 and I still continue to watch Kung Fu Flicks. The movie itself isn't amazing compared to the movies today but rent it sometime and you might be satisfied with it.

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