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Lo Lieh, Wang Ping. Hong Kong's legendary Shaw Brothers bring you this revolutionary cult movie packed with scintillating action and fight scenes. A young martial arts fighter battles all odds to get to a national tournament and become a master of the Iron Fist. King Boxer explores the depths of kung fu lore and is a must see" for all martial arts fans. 1971/color/98 min/R/widescreen.
Better known in the United States as Five Fingers of Death, this spectacular mix of martial arts action and Western-style melodrama from the legendary Shaw Brothers Studios helped to light the fuse for the kung fu movie explosion in the early '70s. Indonesian actor Lo Lieh is the young acolyte caught up in a struggle between rival martial arts schools; after one villainous outfit murders several of Lieh's classmates with the help of hired killers, he trains to develop the invincible "Iron Palm" technique and defeat the opposing school. Korean director Chang-hwa Jeong delivers stunning (and very violent) action set pieces (set to a dizzying array of American library music cues, most notably Quincy Jones' theme to Ironside) but also manages to create a compelling and dramatic sub-story about loyalty and honor. The result is a martial arts film that can be enjoyed by viewers who aren't fanatical about the genre and diehard kung fu heads alike. The widescreen DVD (which surpasses all previous VHS and DVD versions of the film) includes an interesting commentary track by Quentin Tarantino (who aided Dragon Dynasty in assembling its Shaw Brothers library) and critics Elvis Mitchell and David Chute, who discuss King Boxer's appeal and thematic similarities to Hollywood product; Chute is also featured with critic Andy Klein in one of three short supplements about the film's production and history, with director Jeong and martial arts choreographer Liu Chia-Liang taking center stage for the others. - Paul Gaita
4 Stars. This a great Shaw Brother movie with lots of hand-to-hand fighting and a major influence of Tarantino’s Kill Bill series, which uses the fight music (originally taken from... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Chuck Kamzelski
I always wondered why they picked this movie to be the first Kung Fu flick distributed in the US. My theory is the "new kid in school" drama made it more appealing. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Michael J. Lee
A Classic martial arts throw back from 70s starring Jimmy Meng Fei,Shoji Kurata.A must have dvd for collector of the genre.Published 4 months ago by Kirk Ellis
This is the movie that started it all in the U.S. The very first Chinese Kung-Fu movie to be played in select Movie theatres. Before Bruce Lee, there was Lieh Lo. Read morePublished 7 months ago by R.K.S.
I was in England when this first came out and saw it in a theater at least five times. It started a life-long interest in martial arts that included Karate, Tai Chi Chuan and Wing... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Donald W. McFarland
This film is the film that came out a year before Enter The Dragon and was the film that kickstarted the American Kung Fu film craze. It follows a familiar format of kung fu films. Read morePublished 12 months ago by anonymous rogue