One Armed Swordsmen (1967)
Jimmy Wang Yu and David Chiang face off against each other in One Armed Swordsmen. The infamous One Armed Swordsman cuts off the arm of The Dragon Masked Bandit. While revenge is plotted, the Swordsman learns the true identity of the Masked Bandit. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi
as Fong Ping
as Li Hao
as Master Wan
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Some consider this movie as the Chinese Seven Samurai as it influenced so many movies after. The story is very simple but effective, there are no real surprises during the movie but how the situation evolves during is what makes this movie so fun to watch.
So for that introductory look into the world of Wuxia, One-Armed Swordsman might just be the place to start. The elements of a good wuxia film are all there.
Beautiful and well paced film about an honourable swordsman who finds strength after receiving a horrible injury. A great character who I can totally see why he has become so beloved in Hong Kong cinema (the other film I saw the with him was the awesome Master of the Flying Guillotine), and a great hero. It's odd with Asian action cinema, how having a handicap isn't the end of the world, in fact it can make them stronger. The one armed swordsman, Zatoichi and numerous other blind fighters, the Crippled Master, the list goes one. Compare that to American action cinema, where our action heroes are either buff bodybuilders or look like they could be underwear models. There is no place for the aged or handicapped in our films in heroic roles (granted if they did make one, Blind Fury comes to mind, the audience stays away in droves, so society is probably more to blame than the filmmakers). All this is just leading me to say that Ash in the Evil Dead is a kick ass character because even after he loses his hand he still whoops ass. So there.
Back to the movie at hand (punny?), it's a great martial arts film that I'm certain I'll respect more in a historical context after watching the special features on the always awesome Dragon Dynasty DVD series.
For old school Hong-Kong it's hard to get better. There's alot of symbolism that's interesting and the plot keeps moving and remains kick A-double scribble throughout. I feel I should write more about this, but I can't, been writing too many essays. But amazing. Like anyone cares.More
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