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The 5 Deadly Venoms ()

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A dying teacher instructs his final student to check on the activities of five former pupils, each of whom he taught a unique and special style of kung-fu to (imdb)

Genres: Drama, Action, Adventure

AKA: Five Deadly Venoms, Wu du

Country: Hong Kong

Directed By: Cheh Chang

Written By: Cheh Chang, Kuang Ni

Starring: Sheng Chiang, Phillip Chung-Fung Kwok, Feng Lu, Pai Wei, Chien Sun, Meng Lo

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The 5 Deadly Venoms belongs to 31 collections
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May 01 John Milton
50 13%
May 01 Metalfist
80 83%
Apr 24 fictionfitz
72 62%
Apr 24 kupfertj
83 81%
Apr 13 dourface dourface
50 27%
Apr 10 mate_cosido
85 69%
Mar 24 freyr_rabbit
80 47%
Feb 17 coldesser
70 43%
Jan 01 robbirob627
90 77%
Nov 29, 2017 Cocoa
40 12%
Nov 08, 2017 haljordan2 haljordan2
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Nov 05, 2017 scarletspeed scarletspeed
68 75%
Oct 30, 2017 jimmyp
80 67%
Aug 18, 2017 EveAngel
70 58%
Aug 09, 2017 WarrenWho WarrenWho
77 70%
Aug 08, 2017 batui
70 54%
Aug 06, 2017 thewire thewire
55 41%
Aug 02, 2017 peekingpanda peekingpanda
80 94%
Jul 15, 2017 dean_
7 34%
Jul 09, 2017 NathanBates NathanBates
80 73%
Jun 20, 2017 Icarus Icarus
60 27%
A good time with a plot that holds interest. Well-crafted fight scenes make give the film a little extra punch along the way.
May 31, 2017 Anomaly1 Anomaly1
75 59%
Fun, if a bit convoluted, kung fu film. The fights are short and few, but quite intense.
May 27, 2017 strangelime
80 47%
May 14, 2017 Parallax Parallax
75 38%
Apr 30, 2017 adamj1982 adamj1982
76 68%
So THIS is where that drop from "Mystery of Da' Chessboxin' " comes from...
Apr 20, 2017 PrinceKaro PrinceKaro
32 15%
Mar 25, 2017 Chrysophylax
80 73%
Mar 11, 2017 Candiru
75 67%
Feb 22, 2017 RYM_byrates RYM-byrates
65 61%
Jan 14, 2017 cshadows2887
88 31%
Jan 13, 2017 mjbreuer
73 57%
Jan 11, 2017 carlossirius carlossirius
80 32%
Nov 22, 2016 jerrywarton
72 77%
Nov 21, 2016 Ronin22
63 70%
Sep 25, 2016 Sinemaestro Amadeus
68 34%
Sep 19, 2016 mixjuice
83 71%
Sep 14, 2016 cayh
80 73%
Aug 08, 2016 Nroo Nroo
67 40%
Jul 13, 2016 eddiewinslow
70 30%
Jul 10, 2016 BadCosmonaut BadCosmonaut
6 75%
Jul 04, 2016 boothmillard
60 46%
Jun 24, 2016 katatonic katatonic
87 63%
Apr 17, 2016 lemonWedge
50 0%
Good simple kung-fu. The law force punishes criminals unjustly and cruely. Lots of people killed.
Apr 15, 2016 Coheed
70 60%
Apr 06, 2016 DLawrence
83 84%
Apr 05, 2016 jeffv jeff_v
66 44%
Mar 26, 2016 GrimsChild GrimsChild
55 66%
Feb 04, 2016 woody130496 woody130496
8 64%
Feb 04, 2016 Mochard Mochard
64 64%
Jan 30, 2016 kennardjon
75 58%
Dec 30, 2015 MUBIvotes MUBIvotes
36 61%
Dec 19, 2015 Lammetje Lammetje
70 49%
Dec 15, 2015 robot2xl robot2xl
73 48%
Dec 04, 2015 rTrueFilm r/TrueFilm
75 40%
Nov 27, 2015 LordCouture
77 83%
Nov 18, 2015 Luk92 Luk92
55 23%
Nov 11, 2015 maksler maksler
70 47%
Nov 07, 2015 MadMan MadMan
90 66%
Nov 06, 2015 blucthulhu
60 36%
Nov 01, 2015 X-Ray Pecs
5 72%
Oct 17, 2015 gackt
70 56%
Oct 11, 2015 JooJoo JooJoo
4 53%
Oct 03, 2015 mudkips00
75 48%
Oct 02, 2015 pmcinern pmcinern
80 67%
Sep 10, 2015 Barxday
60 63%
Sep 01, 2015 ralexwr ralexwr
60 54%
Aug 22, 2015 moodeuce
70 25%
May 18, 2015 zetes
80 63%
May 09, 2015 porzano porzano
30 10%
May 08, 2015 yug yug
60 48%
Apr 26, 2015 GeorgeRoots
60 43%
Apr 24, 2015 si-sak
70 73%
Apr 23, 2015 gavinbennett
30 19%
Mar 24, 2015 Fillmore
82 82%
Mar 11, 2015 elbichosucio
94 71%
Mar 07, 2015 SirTeaBag
6 18%
Feb 09, 2015 ergun
90 77%
Jan 12, 2015 Onderhond
50 42%
Dec 14, 2014 felixm85
75 49%
Dec 14, 2014 10kfilms
77 73%
Dec 14, 2014 frbrown frbrown
80 72%
Dec 03, 2014 Lonewolf2003
75 55%
Nov 05, 2014 scpetit
86 57%
Oct 01, 2014 willow
77 70%
Aug 09, 2014 Big_Lemons Big Lemons
83 61%
Aug 07, 2014 Dumptruk4Lif Dumptruk4Lif
80 52%
The fights aren't great, but for a Chang Cheh flick, it's very cohesive and doesn't linger too long like most of his do. There's some craft and cleverness to it. The costumes and the roles of the characters are pretty cool. I'd be fine with a remake of it, as long as it was done well and cheap. Or maybe a sitcom.
Jun 06, 2014 Jotalandim Jotalandim
80 77%
Apr 16, 2014 Pharley Pharley
4 35%
Mar 23, 2014 Moribunny Moribunny
25 11%
As one of the better known Shaw Brothers movies, this is a major disappoint. The fights are few, far between and poorly directed, and even for the genre, the script is simply abysmal. The characters are extremely sketchy, the plot makes no sense and there's no real tension or satisfaction to be had. I'm guessing the torture scenes and the ridiculous English dubbing drew some gawkers.
Feb 26, 2014 borislugosi borislugosi
70 47%
Feb 25, 2014 arzinger
70 63%
Feb 13, 2014 robixsmash
70 45%
Feb 08, 2014 henrisepp
50 33%
Jan 25, 2014 johnatanjj johnatanjj
85 68%
Jan 22, 2014 leftmostcat
96 87%
Jan 12, 2014 Barthalen Barthalen
75 68%
Where normally the story in martial arts is just window dressing for the next fight scene, I was pleasantly surprised at the fun idea behind this one. The fights are kinda neat but few and far between. I loved all the not so subtle life lessons in this one. Stuff like "it's totally ok to take bloody revenge on civilians, but not the government officials that helped them because, erm.. just don't mess with them, allright? They can't help being corrupt."
Dec 17, 2013 chineyman chineyman
85 91%
Dec 01, 2013 joachimt joachimt
70 64%
Nov 27, 2013 HVM
40 3%
Nov 20, 2013 overrated overrated
40 28%
Sep 15, 2013 ForrestQ ForrestQ
86 83%
Sep 02, 2013 Kagemand Kagemand
7 59%
Aug 16, 2013 kwint kwint
85 76%
Aug 08, 2013 Barkinson
80 93%
Jul 04, 2013 mallamp
75 64%
May 05, 2013 Xzlu Xzlu
4 31%
Apr 17, 2013 kyvetti kyvetti
72 83%
Mar 18, 2013 Cronos
60 57%
Feb 23, 2013 fenixdown fenixdown
76 54%
Feb 07, 2013 betorocha betorocha
78 60%
Feb 02, 2013 andagh andagh
90 78%
Jan 01, 2013 lostinlodos
95 96%
Dec 26, 2012 Ximum
100 80%
In my opinion, this is the greatest kung fu film of all time. Wild styles, expert choreography, and real talent on the part of the actors meet one of the genre's most intriguing stories. As in any martial arts film, the fights are the most important thing, and the battles featured here are lengthy, meaty, and a complete joy to watch. If you are looking for an introduction to the martial arts genre, there is no better movie than this one.
Dec 23, 2012 CloseFriend CloseFriend
81 76%
Dec 06, 2012 JacoIII JacoIII
30 18%
What I wish the final subtitles had said: "Welp, all these guys are dead now." "Agreed, lets get the fuck out of here before the cops show up."
Dec 05, 2012 ribcage ribcage
82 80%
Nov 12, 2012 eCitizen eCitizen
10 2%
I found this movie surprisingly tedious. Most of the fight sequences are more like prancing acrobatics. The plot is weak and contains frequent absurd moments. I like how they tried to incorporate a bit of mystery into the story. But overall, I got really tired of their hokey abilities, stupid sound effects and unsatisfying Kung Fu fighting sequences. Dialog was terrible, music was bad. I could never sit through this a second time, and I am a fan of the genre. This film just doesn't cut it.
Nov 01, 2012 plantedtrees
82 68%
Oct 18, 2012 gwynplaine gwynplaine
70 28%
Oct 12, 2012 filmcave
74 46%
Oct 12, 2012 Siltem Siltem
70 77%
Sep 18, 2012 nicson
50 25%
Aug 20, 2012 svjchtr
75 86%
Aug 07, 2012 axleblaze axleblaze
80 46%
The fights are good but man there is a ton of down time which never is really ideal in this type of movie.
Jul 24, 2012 frg frg
7 63%
Jul 14, 2012 hotsake hotsake
72 72%
Jul 12, 2012 superkell89
89 60%
Jun 26, 2012 stpmtnfury
85 65%
May 30, 2012 mightysparks mightysparks
70 86%
May 22, 2012 empire434
75 70%
May 19, 2012 elmakebabi elmakebabi
60 37%
Apr 19, 2012 syvyys syvyys
65 18%
Mar 29, 2012 AceySaid10 AceySaid10%
85 87%
Jan 16, 2012 davevsworld davevsworld
8 46%
Jan 11, 2012 robgeedamnit robgeedamnit
40 1%
Nov 02, 2011 avgcrtckr avgcrtckr
64 73%
Sep 20, 2011 Bmagnetic7
99 85%
Aug 30, 2011 aaronwhat aaronwhat
90 79%
Aug 14, 2011 stzrules stzrules
87 79%
Jul 24, 2011 LiQuid3600 LiQuid3600
60 59%
Jul 22, 2011 bender bender
70 48%
Jun 06, 2011 homosuperior homosuperior
83 60%
It's hard not to admire the fight sequences in this classic Hong Kong martial arts mystery: Aside from the leaps and jumps that function as segues to the next fighting set-piece, it's all mostly shot in longer takes with fewer cuts than modern audiences are used to seeing. And the special effects are mostly slo-mo and wires. Pretty cool. Sure, it's hokey, low-budget (bad fake beards and fake blood) and confusing in terms of narrative, but it's also a lot of fun.
May 17, 2011 NRM02
50 33%
May 15, 2011 PeaceAnarchy PeaceAnarchy
82 67%
Fun story with serviceable character arcs and great fight scenes.
Mar 25, 2011 Apanblod
60 7%
Dec 26, 2010 v_koly
9 86%
Dec 06, 2010 Haz567 Haz567
70 25%
Oct 16, 2010 roger1
87 34%
Sep 25, 2010 tyoda
50 49%
Sep 17, 2010 worth3six
70 0%
Sep 10, 2010 JohnnyZombie JohnnyZombie
90 83%
Sep 06, 2010 tatianarocha tatianarocha
80 51%
Sep 03, 2010 Bonez
91 86%
Aug 21, 2010 KaioShin KaioShin
1 0%
Aug 14, 2010 IMDb_byvotes IMDb-byvotes
70 50%
Jul 22, 2010 Castroph Castroph
4 28%
Jul 18, 2010 micmac_ii micmac
64 51%
Jul 06, 2010 Criminal5 Alex Watkins
3 43%
The fights are very enjoyable; there's just too many scenes of Not Fighting. Still, it's only 90 minutes so it's hardly a drag. I just wish the plot, which has a creative premise, was more tightly executed and the fights given more focus.
Jul 02, 2010 Mentaculus Mentaculus
76 64%
Great police procedural, err, kung fu film. It has too much going on in places but the fights are novel and brilliantly executed.
Jul 01, 2010 jodamico jodamico
75 45%
Jun 30, 2010 daisytuna
78 38%
Jun 11, 2010 Gladstone Gladstone
7 82%
Jun 05, 2010 micah
74 73%
Super-entertaining, way over-the-top Shaw Brothers' flick.
Apr 21, 2010 brewahh
63 9%
Apr 20, 2010 katsuben
4 65%
Mar 30, 2010 CinemaAsia Cinema_Asia
75 70%
Mar 22, 2010 WoozyB
80 60%
Jan 14, 2010 Risselada Risselada
70 51%
Nov 30, 2009 klasazet
8 67%
Nov 28, 2009 Prismatic Prismatic
80 55%
Nov 22, 2009 Jazzaloha
72 74%
Nov 17, 2009 eveelun eveelun
78 70%
A very good premise, especially since kung fu films have such familiar and repetitive narratives. The pacing gets a little slow at times, but it's always interesting. The fighting is fun, and the villains are deliciously ruthless.
Oct 27, 2009 pboyle
80 59%
Oct 04, 2009 b4con b4con
70 24%
Sep 30, 2009 AzurEclipse
89 98%
The action on this is off the charts, the Snake is to be feared, and he shows why in the last fight scene.
Sep 29, 2009 ablaze
74 54%
Aug 14, 2009 perception
89 65%
Jul 13, 2009 NedMeier
45 14%
Jul 01, 2009 nilkynarfy nilkynarfy
75 68%
Plot is pretty cool. Death scenes are novel and disturbing. Stunt work is above average for the time. The print is always terrible, no matter which version you find. The English dub is also ass, but the cool parts were sampled (often) by The Wu-Tang Clan. Overall, I'd say it's essential if you have the stomach for 70's kung-fu flicks.
Jun 08, 2009 jjack229
67 61%
Jun 01, 2009 CHOICECOD CHOICECOD
85 81%
May 22, 2009 Veterini Veterini
80 71%
May 18, 2009 ShogunRua ShogunRua
72 81%
An intriguing premise, with five colorful assassins, each representing a unique style, seeking to learn the identities of the other four. It's also a pretty awesome tour through various Eastern torture methods. While the final group battle is very well-done and unique, I can't call the fighting in this movie spectacular overall. There is a nice diversity in the styles and combatant, but none of it is great. So while this is a good kung-fu flick, its classic status is slightly overblown.
May 05, 2009 adidawha adidawha
85 93%
Apr 30, 2009 m_burlock
100 68%
Apr 10, 2009 imdb imdb
71 28%
Apr 08, 2009 kangadoodoo kangadoodoo
60 53%
Mar 03, 2009 Suteupac Suteupac
65 76%
Feb 27, 2009 Holygrail2
84 32%
Feb 13, 2009 abowloffire
75 33%
Feb 08, 2009 Guernica Guernica
59 60%
Feb 06, 2009 Hawke
40 23%
Dec 21, 2008 Mclusky84
80 76%
Nov 27, 2008 Arithaniel Arithaniel
3 23%
Oct 20, 2008 vordhosbn
60 23%
Oct 10, 2008 filmaffinity filmaffinity
72 86%
Sep 17, 2008 hehejaja hehejaja
70 57%
Very enjoyable in its consistent and confident artificiality; everything here seems so unnatural - everything from the (fake) beards to the sound effects are hilariously immoderate - and this certainly adds to the experience more than it decreases it. This odd extravaganza, with its lively fight scenes accompanied by wild sounds effects and gorgeous '70s-blood, sure manage to delight. It has a comic book-vibe all of its own.
Aug 26, 2008 tigre1981
65 18%
Aug 20, 2008 Bienenstock
85 56%
Jul 28, 2008 Sypeth Sypeth
89 67%
Jul 04, 2008 purity
2 60%
Jun 24, 2008 dst7175 dst7175
87 94%
May 11, 2008 caocao caocao
75 85%
Apr 21, 2008 miss_jesus miss jesus
66 60%
Apr 15, 2008 moush moush
71 51%
Mar 30, 2008 Cerebrus Cerebrus
70 62%
Sometimes drags, and my print was terrible (stupid dubbing!) but the final fight is utterly amazing.
Mar 25, 2008 unne unne
84 84%
Mar 20, 2008 emile
74 60%
Feb 29, 2008 RNG
87 87%
Feb 11, 2008 close2nd
80 40%
Dec 29, 2007 nuotio
50 32%
Nov 14, 2007 tracx1007
46 13%
Aug 13, 2007 SmooveJ SmooveJ
82 43%
Aug 13, 2007 TheDenizen TheDenizen
90 95%
Classic kung fu movie with an awesome set up, even if the story gets a little convoluted along the way. A great cast performing superb martial arts action, the perfect flick for a Saturday afternoon.
Aug 13, 2007 Selebrity
93 95%
Aug 13, 2007 Ronin167 Ronin167
64 51%
Aug 13, 2007 MrBialas
10 96%
Aug 13, 2007 sanjuro
90 70%
Aug 13, 2007 sebageek
100 93%
Aug 13, 2007 zapfdingbat zapfdingbat
90 90%
Aug 13, 2007 auritech auritech
50 39%
Your iron skin is finished. Ahh, if only I'd seen a version of the film without the repulsive dubbing.
Aug 13, 2007 Carpetgiant Carpetgiant
87 72%
Aug 13, 2007 snurri
85 53%
Jul 21, 2007 jeffh jeff_h
8 83%
Jun 20, 2007 ryn
82 55%
May 13, 2007 amanohyo amanohyo
55 68%
May 10, 2007 drcriddle drcriddle
68 35%
Jan 18, 2007 driscarpin driscarpin
95 94%
Dec 17, 2006 joseywales joseywales
92 98%
Dec 06, 2006 Heist
60 6%
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