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King Boxer: Fingers of Death
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The filmmakers maintain just the right level of pacing with very short lulls between action sequences. Let's face it - we're not watching King Boxer for its thoughtful characterization. That is not to say that this film is not well made or doesn't take itself seriously because it does, but it is hardly Shakespeare either. Director Cheng Chang Ho employs sudden zoom in and outs and even the occasional freeze frame during many of the film's dynamic fight scenes. This is a beautifully shot movie with expert use of the 2.35:1 widescreen aspect ratio with superb compositions of every frame. The use of shadows for dramatic effect in one scene, and a brief fight that takes place at sunset that looks like something right out of 1950s Technicolor era, is part of the reason why this film is so revered among kung fu film fans.
King Boxer features betrayal, torture, revenge and even some heroic style redemption thrown in for good measure - all heightened to melodramatic levels making for a very entertaining ride. Our hero has to deal with a devastating injury and his own self-doubts before he can face the bad guys and use the Iron Palm technique to save the day.Read more ›
Around the same time as "King Boxer", Bruce Lee's "Chinese Connection" and "Enter the Dragon" had fast and precise fight scenes. After his death, Hong Kong cinema churned out countless pieces of crap, trying to cash in, obviously choreographed by Zatoichi & Stevie Wonder, and produced in some guy's Dad's garage for $20 (U.S.) and a pack of smokes. Yet they were so popular that the level and speed of the fight scenes really didn't need to change. If you don't believe how much slower fights in movies got, watch "King Boxer", and then put in Chan's "Drunken Master". The fights in this are WAY faster, and this was made 6-7 years prior. I don't know if they're quite as creative or fluid but they're far more entertaining (IMO).
I'll try and keep the synopsis lean. Lo Lieh is a student chosen to represent his school in a tournament and is plagued by human obstacles, both in house, and from a rival school. The rival school is populated by some really mean jerks. And when they're not mean enough, they import some even meaner jerks from Japan.
After years of cheap prints, Dragon Dynasty (God bless them) has given us a beautifully remastered, English-dubbed (if you so choose), widescreen DVD, packed with special features.Read more ›
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Awesome movie. Lo Lieh, the first star to come out of China...YES, even before Bruce Lee.Published 3 months ago by Antonio Pedro Hernandez
This is not 5 Fingers Of Death aka King Boxer, at least not the one starring Lo Lieh. This film is headlined by Meng Fei, with the villain portrayed by Yusauka Kurata. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Turhan Gushiniere
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 12 months 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 15 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 18 months ago by R.K.S.
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