Five Deadly Venoms (HK 1978)

Rating: **
Alternate Titles: Five Venoms Of Death, Five Venoms
Director: Chang Cheh
Cast: Wei Pai, Philip Kwok, Lo Lieh

A Shaw Brothers kung fu classic, but an extremely slow starter. In fact, the real action doesn't kick in until about an hour and a half into the show. Five members of the poison clan (centipede, snake, scorpion, lizard, and toad) are all looking for a treasure kept by their master's friend. The master sends his final pupil out to find the other students and to kill them if they're using their kung fu for evil. The final fight between all of the students (minus toad) is very good and goes on for several minutes. But up until then, the film is pretty boring. The more humorous aspects are Philip Kwok's (lizard) painted on beard and the cheesy stock music taken from several sources including "Monty Python And The Holy Grail" (1973).