__marcelo (__marcelo) wrote,

The Five Venoms

A classic/"classic" 1978 Shaw Brothers martial arts movie. It begins with the fastest, sketchiest, most expositionful Quest Setup ever... and then it somehow segues into an honest bit of old-fashioned thriller (triggers for police abuse and torture). But that's just a phase, and the movie does end with the usual big meaningful fight and a flash denouement that I found almost hilariously matter of fact.

I'm not sure it's a rec — there are better ones of its type and era — but it wasn't boring, either.
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