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About Jon Jung

Jon Jung (aka “Coffin Jon”) is the producer and host of the VCinema podcast and editor-in-chief of the VCinema blog. He contributed several essays to World Film Locations: Tokyo (Intellect, 2011). Jon lives in San Francisco, but wishes he was back in Japan where he lived for seven years.

Episode 17: Return of the 5 Deadly Venoms

aka Crippled Avengers, aka Avengers Handicapped, aka Mortal Combat.  Yes, it’s going to be one of those mixed up film title episodes again…

On the evening  of Sir Run Run Shaw’s birthday (Happy 103rd, Uncle Run Run!), we review one of the best known films in the Shaw Brothers’ extensive library, 1978’s Return of the 5 Deadly Venoms (aka…yeah, OK, we’ll stop) directed by the Godfather of Hong Kong cinema, Chang Cheh, and starring the Venom Mob.  A recipe for success or bloated egos?  Listen and find out!

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6 Comments

  1. Brian
    14 December, 2010

    It was nice to hear that you guys liked this movie.
    I taped this off of TV when I was a kid in middle school when it was known as Mortal Combat and since then have seen it at least 20 times. I’m also a hardcore subtitle viewer but the dubbed version is the one I know and love. I’ll have to check out some of your other podcast episodes. And I’m not sure if you mentioned it or if it was even important to the story but I think Chu Twin was originally a good guy up until the time of his family being attacked.

    • admin
      14 December, 2010

      Thanks for listening Brian! Yeah, I was pretty sure he was a good guy as well which made his turn to the dark side all that more surprising. You start the film thinking this guy is going to be our protagonist, after such a horrible incident, but then there is this strange twist of the table that gives the film a totally different vibe. It’s part of the reason why I love it so much I think!

      – Josh

  2. makento
    4 January, 2011

    i am amazed that we are not seeing a contemporary update of ‘Crippled Avengers’ any time in
    the near future. If handled properly and with the right stars—think ‘Expendibles’– it could possibly trigger a massive
    kung fu action revival. Why not? Stallone brought back the 70s actioner, didnt he? So hopefully, a first draft by summer.
    Just for the record. Everytime I show C.A. to college kids, they are invariably blown away by it.
    best regards.
    m

    • Coffin Jon
      6 January, 2011

      I agree that it’s a bit of a surprise that Crippled Avengers hasn’t been tapped for a remake of some sort, but certainly the style and spectacle still lives on in many modern martial arts and action films in general. It just may not be executed with as much style and skill, that’s all. Thanks for listening!

  3. cutiepink
    15 May, 2011

    This “Deadly Venoms” is amazing i love to watched this kung fu action..Thank you!!:)

    • Coffin Jon
      16 May, 2011

      Thanks for listening!

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