Five Fingers of Death

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Posted On: January 10, 2009
Posted In: All Movies, Kung Fu Fighting, Kung Fu Movie Reviews, Kung Fu Movies, Martial Arts Movies, Shaolin Kung Fu
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This absolutely spectacular mix of martial arts action and Western-style melodrama from the legendary Shaw Brothers Studios helped to light the fuse for the Kung Fu Movie explosion in the early 1970s. Indonesian actor Lo Lieh is the young acolyte caught up in a struggle between rival martial arts schools after one villainous outfit murders several of Lieh’s classmates with the help of hired killers, he trains to develop the invincible Iron Palm technique and defeat the opposing school.

Korean director Chang-hwa Jeong delivers stunning and very violent action set to a dizzying array of American library music cues, most notably Quincy Jones’ theme to Ironside. He also manages to create a compelling and dramatic sub-story about loyalty and honor. This is a great classic martial arts film, and a must see for any self respecting martial arts film buff. Thomas DiSanto