A Chinese Cult Movie

Besides Jane Fonda's 1968 Barbarella, Edward D. Wood, Jr's 1959 Plan 9 from Outer Space and George A. Romero's 1968 Night of the Living Dead, John Carpentor's 1986 Big Trouble In Little China (inset) which was inspired by Hong Kong director Tsui Hark’s 1983 Zu: Warriors from the Magic Mountain, is also considered a cult movie. A cult movie is a movie which may have a short cinema life, having failed commercially but over time, its video may become popular and gather its own group of fans. There are many cult movies from Hollywood and for all we know, many more from the east. Bollylwood's 1975 Sholay which stars Dhamendra, Amitabh Bachchan and Hema Malini counts as one and recently, I caught another in YouTube- Shaw's 1978 Five Venoms ('五毒' ) or  Five Deadly Venoms. The film which was directed by Chang Cheh, stars the Venom Mob which was made up of 5 Shaw actors, Kuo Chui, Sn Chien, Lo Mang, Wei Pei and Lu Feng. Asian movies, both Indian and Chinese probably do not get to enjoy a wide release or even a release in theaters in the West but back in their home country, films could be a hit and probably should not be counted as a cult movie. The Five Deadly Venoms which was listed as number 11 in the Top 50 Cult Films by the American magazine, Entertainment Weekly for one, was a hit when it was released in its home country and made stars of its five main actors.

Watch the Five Deadly Venoms, with English dialogue...


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