The first one was a thief, played by David Chiang. The people in the village don't have the heart to beat him although they had caught him, so he was happy to stay there.
The 2nd was a kungfu fighter, played by Ti Lung. He couldn't do anything than practicing kungfu, so all day long he just sat lazily and sang songs. He stayed at a wood-cutter's house, the wood-cutter played by Chen Kuan-tai. In this house also lived a beautiful woman, San Niang, played by Wang Ping-ping. San Niang was either the wood-cutter's wife or girlfriend.
Danny Lee played the village's silver-smith. He was handsome and village-girls had a crush on him. The 5th man was a street acrobat, played by Wang Chung. Among the 5 perhaps he was the most capable and the strongest during a fight, but he was gravely sick when the bandits came. He was actually an outsider, but when the bandit came he had been staying in the village's inn for days [because he was sick].
|The head village and the savage four (minus Danny Lee)|
|The savage four (minus Chen Kuan-tai)|
The movie is very good with perfect pace. Most harrowing part is when San Niang returned to her home after she had sacrificed herself: the scene was accompanied with a haunting music. Recommended!