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Film Review: King Boxer 天下第一拳 (1972) - Hong Kong (Shawscope Volume 1)

Andrew Chan

Film Review: King Boxer 天下第一拳 (1972) - Hong Kong (Shawscope Volume 1) (Arrow Video)

Reviewed by Andrew Chan (Film Critics Circle of Australia)


“King Boxer”, also known as “Five Fingers of Death”, is a Shaw Brothers martial arts masterpiece that delivers thrilling action, a captivating storyline, and memorable characters. Directed by Korean filmmaker Jeong Chang-hwa, this 1972 Hong Kong film has earned its status as a classic in the genre.

The film follows Cheng Chao-an (Lo Lieh), a talented martial artist who finds himself caught in a web of betrayal and treachery as he trains under Master Lei Ming (Tien Feng). Determined to protect his master and seek justice, Cheng embarks on a quest to defeat his rival school led by the malevolent Master Han (James Tien).

King Boxer impresses with its meticulously choreographed fight sequences, showcasing a variety of martial arts styles. The action is intense and visually stunning, particularly in the climactic tournament scene. The character development is solid, with Lo Lieh delivering a strong performance as Cheng Chao-an.

In conclusion, King Boxer is an enduring martial arts classic that impresses with its thrilling action, memorable characters, and engaging storyline. With meticulous fight choreography and strong performances, it continues to captivate audiences and remains a must-watch for fans of the genre.

I rated it 8/10

Reviewed as part of Shawscope Volume 1 Limited Edition Blu Ray Set (Digitally restored in 2K format)


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