This movie to me is one of the greatest kung fu flicks ever made with a creative plot, amazing fight scenes and memorable characters.
The story begins when Yan Tieh's(Chiang Sheng) teacher tells him the history of the "Poison Clan" and their five main techniques(Centipede, Snake, Scorpion, Lizard and Toad). His teacher then sends him on a mission to uncover the true identities of his former pupils, see which ones are using there kung fu for evil and warn a retired colleague that his 'Poison Clan fortune" is under threat from the former pupils. After barely starting his investigation, the colleague is murdered and his treasure stolen by the Centipede and Snake. This leads to the capture of the Centipede by the Lizard and Toad and the false torture and conviction of the Toad by the corrupt judge. Ending with one of the greatest fight scenes ever filmed,"The Five Deadly Venoms" gives an excellent demonstration of story, action and training sequences.
This film is one of the best that the Shaw Bros. have made in years. It is filled with great scenery, plot twists and fight scenes. Even though there isn't constant fighting, when a fight starts it lasts for several minutes. For example, the final fight is well over 10 minutes long.Along with the action,the introductory training sequence is spectacular and is enough to astound any non-comedy kung fu fan.