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Five Fingers of Death
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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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Finally saw this film after many years and in this genre and being fairly old and showcasing a younger Lieh Lo, whose later martial arts films I've seen, it's slightly above... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Philly Doug
Great movie. I saw this back in the 1970's. Had to watch it againPublished 5 months ago by vincent donohue
This was a fun movie when I watched it in the movie theater for the first time in the early 70s but, the quality of this video was too terrible to watch. It was an old VHS copy. Read morePublished 7 months ago by William Stockwell
English dubbed film. An old film that doesn't compare to the special effects of modern martial arts films. Not much of a fighting style was developed in the film. Read morePublished 9 months ago by G. Wong