Originally released in Hong Kong as Tian xia di yi quan, this is the film which – dubbed into English and released through Warner Brothers – launched the craze for kung fu movies in the United States.
Promising young student Chih-Hao (Lieh Lo) is sent to train under a new master – Sun Hsin-Pei (Mien Fang) – so he can win a martial arts tournament by beating tyrant, Meng Tung-Shun (Feng Tien), thus preventing him and his thugs from getting the power and prestige that would come if they won it.
A strong cast – with impressive fighting skills and great fight choreography (some of it extraordinarily violent for its time) – combines with sumptuous photography in a film which set the standard for martial arts movies over the next three decades.
Quentin Tarantino paid tribute to this film in Kill Bill, even using complete replicas of some of the sets seen here and re-using some of the music from Five Fingers of Death (including the siren sound originally lifted from the TV series Ironside),
Released in some markets as King Boxer.
Sung Ying Ying
Yen Chu Hung
Yukio Someno (as Ran Yeh)
Tse Lin Yang
Ki-joo Kim (as Chi-Chu Chin)
Bong-jin Jin (as Chen Feng Chen)
Chang Ho Cheng