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|Sword Masters Two Champions Of Shaolin Shaw Bothers|
Actors: Sun Chien, Lu Feng, Philip Kwok, Wang Li, Lo Meng
Director: Chang Cheh
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House
A team that ranks high in the pantheon of cult kung-fu flicks is a quintet of martial artists who burst upon the screen in The Five Venoms, followed by Crippled Avengers and other cult classics. The five venoms are reunite... more »
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This is the way a Venom film should be seen
Michael W. Jaworski | Fairfield, NJ USA | 09/04/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I can finally get rid of my pan & scan bootleg quality DVD, and I have Sword Masters to thank. First, it's directed by the Godfather of HK movies, Chang Cheh; second, it's got the Venoms in it. 'Nuff said. Despite missing Philip Kwok (Kuo Chui), he is listed as the head choreographer. Kuo was having "ego" issues with Lu Feng, and he got so angry he refused to appear in it. In spite of his absence, it's still a great film; I feel it's superior to "Showdown at the Cotton Mill" ("Two Champions..." is sort of modeled after that). Lo Mang got to show his leading man talent, and Chin Siu-Hou (Fist of Legend) got his big break. The 15 minute end fight is not to be missed. I don't know too much about "Sword Masters" (they're doing Chang's 1970 classic "Heroic Ones" as well), but they did a decent job here. Remastered, widescreen, uncut and your choice of Mandarin or English. I'd go with the Mandarin because not only are the subtitles well done, but the English track sounded a bit muffled. I think it's fabulous that these classic Shaw Brothers movies are being re-issued like this."
"Two Champions" vs. 21st Century marketing!
Fang Shih-yu | Mercer, PA USA | 10/09/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Again, another DVD sleeve playing up a minor character, cool as his weaponry is; if this flick has four of the "Venoms" troupe in it, put some--or all--of THEM on the cover!...Wierd to watch this movie without Kuo Chui onscreen (at least he's behind the scenes on fight choreography, owing to conflicts with Lu Feng); it's a safe bet he'd be playing the Lo Meng part if circumstances allowed, and it's even more certain he'd give more nuances to the role than Lo Meng did (give Lo an "A" for effort, though). Still, when the newcomer gets through this Well Go USA release, they will appreciate the Image-quality picture, survive a Mandarin dub where the sound has been "enhanced" during [mainly] fight scenes (bound to be off-putting to purists, but it'll have to do until this reissue gets a do-over, if at all), and enjoy four "Venoms" in a story where director Cheh goes back to "Heroes Two" territory, more or less (with a scene that will make some recall "Showdown at the Cottonmill"). With the "Venoms", and their usual slate of supporting actors, this lifts the rating from 3 stars to 4. Beginners may want their first "Venoms" DVD to be ANOTHER release, however ("The Five Venoms" being the logical start)!"
SHAOLIN VS MANCHU..... TO THE DEATH !!
The Critic | Windsor | 11/09/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The "Two Champions of Shaolin" DVD released by Well Go USA under the Sword Masters name boasts a beautiful wide screen video transfer. After closer inspection of the disc its clear the video transfer is from the Celestial Pictures version and that's a bonus for fans of this movie. Once again the sound on this Well Go USA edition is not so great and could have been done much better. It seems that something was out of sync when the soundtrack was being done on the English dubbed version and it's inconsistent, muffled and plagued with problems to say the least. Make no mistake; this is a five star Shaw Brothers movie, but once again I had to take off a star for the sound problems.
Filmed in (1978) Shao Lin yu Wu Dang (Hong Kong: Cantonese title) or The "Two Champions of Shaolin "(Hong Kong: English Dubbed title) reunites legendary martial arts director Chang Cheh with the Shaw Brothers Studios for more martial arts mayhem. Once again this Venoms kung fu cult classic pits the Manchu hating Shaolin masters against the Wutang warriors in an all out fight to the death. During the rein of the Ching Dynasty the anti Ching Shaolin masters are at constant odds with the deadly and highly combatative Wutang warriors who are in favor of the Ching government and against the Shaolin masters at all costs.
After his parents are killed a young Manchu named Tung Chien-Chin (Lo Meng) is accepted into the sacred Shaolin Temple despite being a Manchu and the very thing the Shaolin masters despise. When the time comes he is sent out to find the highly skilled Shaolin martial artist Wu Hui-Kan (Chiang Sheng) for a secret anti-Ching assignment. Upon his arrival in Guangzhou, Tung is confronted by the very lethal Wutang fighter Li De-chung (Yu Tai-ping) and during their frantic encounter Tung is injured from Li's deadly flying knives attack.
With the aide of Chin Pi-erh (Yang Tsing-tsing) and her brother Chin Tai-Lai (Sun Chien), Tung soon recovers from his injury and learns a valuable defense technique to combat Li's deadly flying knives attack. After a random encounter between Tung and Wu they realize that Li has seen them together and the two set out to rid themselves of Li for good. When the Wutang fighter Li is eliminated by Tung and Wu they are quickly confronted by Li's brother Li Pa-shan (Wang Li) and his men as they seek revenge for their fallen comrade. The two quickly realize they're in for the fight of their life. Later on Tung also proposes marriage to Pei and during their celebration the Wu Tang fighters wage an all out attack killing Pei and her brother and kidnapping Tung in the process. Will Tung be able to free himself from his captors and exact his revenge or will help come from an unlikely source, you'll have to check it out for yourself to see how it ends.
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Fantastic Remaster Of A Shaws Classic...
David Brown III | gloucester, MA. USA | 09/13/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Lo Mang is up against the entirely deceitful Lu Feng who does a tremendous job with his role here as the Monkey King of his three masked, monkey hitmen. When he first meets Lo Mang at the grave of someone he'd just murdered he delivers a truly excellent performance. Although laying out silken rugs and exquisite dishes before the unaware guests Lo Mang and co. the esquisitely deceitful Lu Feng then goes on to explain that, "me? I'm a nobody, just a traveling scholar, certaintly not as important as you famous fighters." we're talking spot on delivery with his lines here. This is the english dubbed version I'm citing here. He thoroughly deceives Lo Mang and co. while they're visiting the grave of comrades he (Lu Feng) and his monkey style henchmen just murdered. Great film. A must have for any venoms fan."