Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Five Fingers of Death (1972)

Five Fingers of Death is probably most notable for being the movie that was at the vanguard of the kung fu cinema craze that exploded in America during the early 1970s. It sports the basic revenge plot that's so typical for these movies, but it's perhaps a bit better than its ilk due to the pathos it throws into the mix. The fights aren't necessarily all that memorable, but the antics of the film's quirkier characters make up for it. Probably remembered more for its badass title and place in genre history than for anything else. Definitely not my favorite Shaw Brothers picture, but not one I particularly dislike either.

The movie was released on DVD in the U.S. last year by Dragon Dynasty under the title King Boxer. It contains lots of special features as is usual for Dragon Dynasty's releases, but the real gem is a commentary track featuring none other than Quentin Tarentino. The DVD is well worth the price for that alone.

1) One of the musical cues from the movie was used in the soundtrack of the Kill Bill films.

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