King Boxer

King Boxer

1972 • Hong Kong • Directed by Chang-hwa Jeong

Already firmly established as the most successful film studio in Hong Kong, Shaw Brothers’ worldwide commercial breakthrough would not come from one of their lavish epics, but instead from King Boxer, a lean, mean and bloody B-movie by a Korean director. Retitled 5 Fingers of Death by Warner for US distribution, Chung Chang-wha’s thrilling tale of redemption and revenge ignited the international kung fu craze and made Shaw Brothers’ name synonymous with eye-popping action spectaculars.

After his master is attacked by brutish thugs, Zhao Zhihao (Lo Lieh) signs up to a fighting school to help improve his chances at winning the top prize in a national boxing tournament, as well as the love of the master’s daughter. Zhao soon finds himself facing off against a band of powerful tyrants using their martial arts skills to terrorise the locals, but is selected to learn the one technique that may hold the key to defeating them: the Iron Palm.

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King Boxer
  • King Boxer

    1972 • Hong Kong • Directed by Chang-hwa Jeong

    Already firmly established as the most successful film studio in Hong Kong, Shaw Brothers’ worldwide commercial breakthrough would not come from one of their lavish epics, but instead from King Boxer, a lean, mean and bloody B-movie by a Korean dire...

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  • King Boxer (English version)

    1972 • Hong Kong • Directed by Chang-hwa Jeong

    Already firmly established as the most successful film studio in Hong Kong, Shaw Brothers’ worldwide commercial breakthrough would not come from one of their lavish epics, but instead from King Boxer, a lean, mean and bloody B-movie by a Korean dire...

  • King Boxer (Audio Commentary by David Desser)

    1972 • Hong Kong • Directed by Chang-hwa Jeong

    Already firmly established as the most successful film studio in Hong Kong, Shaw Brothers’ worldwide commercial breakthrough would not come from one of their lavish epics, but instead from King Boxer, a lean, mean and bloody B-movie by a Korean dire...

  • Cinema Hong Kong, Part I

    Cinema Hong Kong: Kung Fu, the first in a three-part documentary on Shaw Brothers’ place within the martial arts genre produced by Celestial Pictures in 2003, featuring interviews with Jackie Chan, Jet Li, John Woo, Sammo Hung, Gordon Liu, Lau Kar-leung, Cheng Pei-pei, David Chiang and many others.

  • King Boxer - Newly filmed appreciation by film critic and historian Tony Rayns

    A newly filmed appreciation by film critic and historian Tony Rayns.

  • Interview with Korean cinema expert Cho Young-jung

    An interview with Korean cinema expert Cho Young-jung, the author of Chung Chang-wha: Man of Action, filmed in 2005 by Frédéric Ambroisine.

  • Interview with star Wang Ping

    An interview with star Wang Ping, filmed in 2007 by Frédéric Ambroisine.

  • Interview with director Chung Chang-wha

    An interview with director Chung Chang-wha, filmed in 2003 and 2004 by Frédéric Ambroisine.