This week The New Beverly begins its wrap up its month-long Tribute to Shaw Brothers with two of Shaw’s best kung fu movies. On September 28th, 2015: FIVE DEADLY VENOMS and AVENGING EAGLE starting at 7:30pm.
FIVE DEADLY VENOMS (aka THE FIVE VENOMS) (1978) 7:30 pm
Starring Chiang Sheng, Sun Chien, Philip Kwok, Lo Mang, Wei Pei, Lu Feng, Wang Lung-wei and Ku Feng / Directed by Chang Cheh
In the cult classic FIVE DEADLY VENOMS, the Poison Clan’s final student is sent on a mission to follow up on five former students. Each is a master of a different “venom” style (Centipede, Snake, Scorpion, Lizard, and Toad), and trained wearing masks, so their identities are unknown. His duty is to find out those who turned to a life of evil and destroy them.
This film was a hit for Chang Cheh and the cast, who earned the Venom Mob namesake. Proving to be a deadly combination, Philip Kwok, Lu Feng, Chiang Sheng, Sun Chien, Lo Meng, and Wei Pei would end up doing about a dozen movies together in various combinations. However, it’s this film that really resonated with fans for its intriguing mystery, deadly combat and violent action.
AVENGING EAGLE (1978) 9:25 pm – 98 min.
Starring Ti Lung, Alexander Fu Sheng, Ku Feng, Johnny Wang Lung-Wei / Directed by Sun Chung
Two wary travelers stumble upon one another and find they share a similar goal, though not everyone’s intentions are clear. Cheuk Yi-fan (Alexander Fu Sheng) and Chik Ming-sing (Ti Lung) team up to battle Eagle Chief Yoh Xi-Hung (Ku Feng) and his murderous band of thieves in a quest for revenge of the deadliest kind. The charismatic Fu Sheng and Ti Lung bring dynamic characters who respect but can’t fully trust each other. Ku Feng as the evil chief steals the show in one of his best roles. It’s a deadly mix of action, characters and story that make this movie one of my favorites. Check out my mini-review here.
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