A wealthy kung fu expert, who is turned bitter and evil by the slaying of his wife and the loss of his son’s hands, bullies a town through terror and force. They find pleasure and satisfaction by crippling those who stumble in their way. Four of those who are crippled, a hawker who is blinded, a blacksmith made mute and deaf, a drifter who loses his legs, and a fighter who loses his sanity, band together to use their disabilities to the best of their advantage. The four are tested time and time again, and demonstrate their strengths and abilities.—IMDb
Chang Cheh (traditional Chinese: 張徹; simplified Chinese: 张彻; pinyin: Zhāng Chè) (February 10, 1923 – June 22, 2002) was Shaw Brothers Studio’s best known and most prolific film director, with such films as the Five Venoms, the Brave Archer (based on the works of Jin Yong), the One-Armed Swordsman, and other classics of wuxia and Kung Fu film.
Referred to as “The Godfather of Hong Kong cinema”, Chang Cheh directed over 100 films in his illustrious career at Shaw Brothers, which ran the gamut from swordplay films (One-Armed Swordsman, The Assassin, Golden Swallow) to kung fu films (Five Shaolin Masters, Five Venoms, Kid with the Golden Arms) to more modern period dramas (Chinatown Kid, Boxer From Shantung, The Generation Gap) to lavish costume epics (The Water Margin, The Heroic Ones, Boxer Rebellion).
After graduating from National Central University ( (later renamed Nanjing University in Nanjing and reinstated in Taiwan) in Chongqing (Chungking), where he studied politics… read more
An apical expression of life-altering perseverance and self-cultivation, the avengers are a gestalt of anatomical metaphors in spiritual resistance against fate, reinforcing the overcoming of physical over mental handicap. Master Chang exerts further with animated, romanticist style and rhythm the violent yet harmonious beauty of choreographed dance in telling a tale of amorality: ceaseless cycles of revenge from tragic consequences in overmen attaining self-justice without the way.
Some of the best fight choreography in all martial arts cinema. I actually like this film somewhat more than The Five Venoms. Tragic that such choreography has been in decline since the days of Chang Cheh and The Venoms. Please add the film Shaolin Rescuers which has perhaps the best choreographed fight scene of all the 25 or so Venom films.