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  • Actors: Sun Chien, Lu Feng, Philip Kwok, Wang Li, Lo Meng
  • Directors: Chang Cheh
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Original recording remastered
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Well Go USA
  • DVD Release Date: July 15, 2008
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0017RFXRK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,510 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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A team that ranks high in the pantheon of cult kung-fu flicks is a quintet of martial artists who burst upon the screen in The Five Venoms, followed by Crippled Avengers and other cult classics. The five venoms are reunited in Two Champions Of Shaolin, with four of the fab five wreaking havoc on screen and the fifth venom active behind the camera as action choreographer. It s a battle between two Ching Dynasty clans, Shaolin and Wutang. The Shaolin champions are anti-Manchu and, naturally, represent the forces of good as they use their considerable force to crush the devious Wutang clan. The man behind the mayhem, director Chang Cheh, virtually invented the Shaolin genre of kung-fu movies and shows he has more than a few new tricks up his sleeve when unleashing his venomous heroes.

About the Actor

Lo joined the film industry in 1976, and soon caught Chang Cheh s eyes. He starred in 18 of Chang s films within five short years, with The Five Venoms and The Kid With The Golden Arm as two of his signature performances. In the 1990s, Lo began to develop his second career in TV. He was widely accepted by the audience after joining the prominent Hong Kong TV station TVB.
Lo is now trying to re-position himself rather as a comic actor. At present, he is mostly seen on television and local showbiz circles.

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Good action in this one, highly recommended.
Jiyong Ahn
After a random encounter between Tung and Wu they realize that Li has seen them together and the two set out to rid themselves of Li for good.
The Critic
Neither the good guys nor the bad guys win, and none of the main characters survive.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Michael W. Jaworski on September 3, 2008
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I can finally get rid of my pan & scan bootleg quality DVD, and I have Sword Masters to thank. First, it's directed by the Godfather of HK movies, Chang Cheh; second, it's got the Venoms in it. 'Nuff said. Despite missing Philip Kwok (Kuo Chui), he is listed as the head choreographer. Kuo was having "ego" issues with Lu Feng, and he got so angry he refused to appear in it. In spite of his absence, it's still a great film; I feel it's superior to "Showdown at the Cotton Mill" ("Two Champions..." is sort of modeled after that). Lo Mang got to show his leading man talent, and Chin Siu-Hou (Fist of Legend) got his big break. The 15 minute end fight is not to be missed. I don't know too much about "Sword Masters" (they're doing Chang's 1970 classic "Heroic Ones" as well), but they did a decent job here. Remastered, widescreen, uncut and your choice of Mandarin or English. I'd go with the Mandarin because not only are the subtitles well done, but the English track sounded a bit muffled. I think it's fabulous that these classic Shaw Brothers movies are being re-issued like this.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Russell Mariacher on October 9, 2009
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Again, another DVD sleeve playing up a minor character, cool as his weaponry is; if this flick has four of the "Venoms" troupe in it, put some--or all--of THEM on the cover!...Wierd to watch this movie without Kuo Chui onscreen (at least he's behind the scenes on fight choreography, owing to conflicts with Lu Feng); it's a safe bet he'd be playing the Lo Meng part if circumstances allowed, and it's even more certain he'd give more nuances to the role than Lo Meng did (give Lo an "A" for effort, though). Still, when the newcomer gets through this Well Go USA release, they will appreciate the Image-quality picture, survive a Mandarin dub where the sound has been "enhanced" during [mainly] fight scenes (bound to be off-putting to purists, but it'll have to do until this reissue gets a do-over, if at all), and enjoy four "Venoms" in a story where director Cheh goes back to "Heroes Two" territory, more or less (with a scene that will make some recall "Showdown at the Cottonmill"). With the "Venoms", and their usual slate of supporting actors, this lifts the rating from 3 stars to 4. Beginners may want their first "Venoms" DVD to be ANOTHER release, however ("The Five Venoms" being the logical start)!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Critic on November 8, 2008
The "Two Champions of Shaolin" DVD released by Well Go USA under the Sword Masters name boasts a beautiful wide screen video transfer. After closer inspection of the disc its clear the video transfer is from the Celestial Pictures version and that's a bonus for fans of this movie. Once again the sound on this Well Go USA edition is not so great and could have been done much better. It seems that something was out of sync when the soundtrack was being done on the English dubbed version and it's inconsistent at times. Make no mistake; this is a five star Shaw Brothers movie, but once again I had to take off a star for the sound problems.

Filmed in (1978) Shao Lin yu Wu Dang (Hong Kong: Cantonese title) or The "Two Champions of Shaolin "(Hong Kong: English Dubbed title) reunites legendary martial arts director Chang Cheh with the Shaw Brothers Studios for more martial arts mayhem. Once again this Venoms kung fu cult classic pits the Manchu hating Shaolin masters against the Wutang warriors in an all out fight to the death. During the rein of the Ching Dynasty the anti Ching Shaolin masters are at constant odds with the deadly and highly combatative Wutang warriors who are in favor of the Ching government and against the Shaolin masters at all costs.

After his parents are killed a young Manchu named Tung Chien-Chin (Lo Meng) is accepted into the sacred Shaolin Temple despite being a Manchu and the very thing the Shaolin masters despise. When the time comes he is sent out to find the highly skilled Shaolin martial artist Wu Hui-Kan (Chiang Sheng) for a secret anti-Ching assignment. Upon his arrival in Guangzhou, Tung is confronted by the very lethal Wutang fighter Li De-chung (Yu Tai-ping) and during their frantic encounter Tung is injured from Li's deadly flying knives attack.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David Brown III on September 13, 2008
Lo Mang is up against the entirely deceitful Lu Feng who does a tremendous job with his role here as the Monkey King of his three masked, monkey hitmen. When he first meets Lo Mang at the grave of someone he'd just murdered he delivers a truly excellent performance. Although laying out silken rugs and exquisite dishes before the unaware guests Lo Mang and co. the esquisitely deceitful Lu Feng then goes on to explain that, "me? I'm a nobody, just a traveling scholar, certaintly not as important as you famous fighters." we're talking spot on delivery with his lines here. This is the english dubbed version I'm citing here. He thoroughly deceives Lo Mang and co. while they're visiting the grave of comrades he (Lu Feng) and his monkey style henchmen just murdered. Great film. A must have for any venoms fan.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 22, 2013
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this movie was great I love it. The actors are all the 5 venoms and they are the best ever
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This Shaw Brothers' Classic features the legendary Five Venoms (who first appeared on screen in the Five Venoms), and whose wushu skills got them inducted into Shaw Brothers' Hall of Fame, and were therefore featured in innumerable Shaw Brothers’ movies - with four of the Venoms appearing on screen and the fifth assuming the role of martial arts director, in a story that is heavily based on Chinese history revolving around the Shaolin Temples’ conflict with Wu Dang Clan and The Head of the Shaolin Temple sending his disciples out to bid their time before challenging the Manchu Dynasty, since they were Ming loyalists, with two of the Venoms disobeying his orders and seeking revenge, thereby, hastening the war between the Ming loyalists and those who were loyal to the Manchus, with all the Shaolin disciples being slaughtered in the typical fashion of Shaw Brothers’ movies where the heroes always die at the end of the movie, save for two Shaolin disciples who leave the scene after they had defeated their enemies.
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