A wealthy kung fu expert, who is turned bitter and evil by the slaying of his wife and the loss of his son's hands, bullies a town through terror and force. They find pleasure and satisfaction by crippling those who stumble in their way. Four of those who are crippled, a hawker who is blinded, a blacksmith made mute and deaf, a drifter who loses his legs, and a fighter who loses his sanity, band together to use their disabilities to the best of their advantage. The four Crippled Avengers are tested time and time again, and demonstrate their strengths and abilities.
With the overseas success of 1978’s The Five Deadly Venoms, the world was introduced to the “Venom Mob,” a group of martial artists who would go on to work together in future Shaw Brothers kung fu films, usually under the direction of legendary filmmaker Chang Cheh. Composed of actors Philip Kwok (a.k.a. Kuo Chui), Lu Feng, Lo Meng, Chiang Sheng and Sun Chien, the retroactively named “Venom Mob” proved themselves in film after film as talented martial artists, gifted acrobats and topnotch action choreographers. In 1978, they would star in one of their most famous collaborations, Chang Cheh’s Crippled Avengers, which is also known by its alternative Western titles, Return of the Five Deadly Venoms and Mortal Combat.
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