Five Fingers of Death (1972), Hong Kong, in Mandarin with English subtitles. 104 minutes.
Last month marked the 40th anniversary of this Shaw Bros. film’s US release, when it sparked the martial arts movie craze. A martial arts pupil trains to enter a national tournament and end the rivalry between his and his opponent’s schools. As he trains, the two schools continue to battle each other in dazzling fight sequences as their rivalry grows stronger.