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唐山五虎 (1979)
Five Superfighters

Reviewed by: Harlock
Date: 09/13/2007
Summary: Awesome

This movie is just plain action, just for seeing Huang Wei-Wei (or Mei-Mei) it's worth the 10 bucks. The performers are really entertaining.

Don't listen to those who wants a wong kar-wai script in kung-fu movies...

Action lovers should get it now!

Reviewer Score: 10

Reviewed by: MrBooth
Date: 06/26/2007
Summary: 5/10 - pretty dumb

An arrogant fighter goes around beating up kung fu teachers to "correct their bad kung fu". The 3 students of one master decide they must avenge their teacher's beating... by leaving without a word explanation to find other teachers. They agree to meet up in 6 months and see if they can beat the villain.

This is the sort of kung fu film the term 'chop-socky' was presumably coined to describe... just an excuse for a bunch of training and fight sequences. Fine if that's all you care about, but I do look for more myself. The plot is clearly not a selling point here, and though it's a nice enough looking film it's not exceptional in any aesthetic sense... so really apart from the talented martial artists (not clear which five give the film its title), not a lot to recommend here. Passable enough though.

Reviewer Score: 5

Reviewed by: Sydneyguy
Date: 08/23/2003
Summary: Pretty good

It has been a long time since i watched this movie. A very simple plot of students going off to learn martial arts to laern new skills os they can get back at a guy who beat there teacher easily. though none of the students become MASTERS in the art, with what they learnt they go into combat.

Sounds simply enough but the strange thing is that is quite entertaining. Though not the best plot it;s a old kung fu movie worth watching


Reviewed by: Ryoga
Date: 12/25/2001

I love this film! I watch this one all the time and I can NEVER get bored. Three students and their teacher lose to a fight against a martial arts expert. The three students split up to learn new styles so they can come back in 6 months to take revenge for their teacher. A Shaw Brothers classic! Some company just released this on VHS and DVD so get this along with 3 Evil Masters.

Reviewed by: SBates
Date: 01/20/2001
Summary: Listen To STSH!

See this one if you like those old-time, kung-fu comedy, training films. A well-done, crowd-pleasing, fight-filled movie. Lots of acrobatic stuff, too, which i dig.
See its companion piece, STROKE OF DEATH too, if you can. It's even better than this, and my all-time favorite old-school kung fu movie.

Reviewed by: STSH
Date: 07/22/2000
Summary: A lot more than 5 .....

First, the plot is extremely silly, even when compared with other chop sockeys. A guy in a coolie hat and dressed in a black body-suit and cape goes around picking fights with kung fu teachers and their students ... and whips them so comprehensively that he doesn't even lose the hat. Students leave their teacher, seeking other teachers to improve their skills and take revenge. Each of the three finds initially unwilling teachers who neverthless are helpful. Then they go back and take revenge as a group, despite being less than ready.
More so than many others, the plot is simply a device to get the largest number of talented fu fighters going against each other.
And it works. Spectacularly well. And the title is a gross underestimate. I counted at least 20 characters who are superb martial artists. I've seen very few other films where so many different superb fighters of different styles are combined.
Highly recommended.

Reviewer Score: 9

Reviewed by: hkcinema
Date: 12/08/1999

I happened upon this quite by accident. A man dressed in blackenters a town and lays waste to the local Kung-Fu school. In order to win back respect for their teacher, three pupils go off and train with separate 'masters' and return stronger. The five fighters (the teacher, the three pupils and the man in black) then fight it out. Lacking in sparks really.

[Reviewed by Andrew Best]