One Armed Swordsmen Reviews
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 some reason I really wasn't expecting that.
A friend of mine asked how to tell the difference between a bad kung-fu movie and a good one.
This is a good...no great movie.
The story is simplistic, yet rooted in what a majority of kung-fu films are about.
Revenge and struggle.
(1967) One Armed Swordsman
Popular film in Hong Kong which inspired many sequels about a very disciplined decipher who decides to leave, accidently gets his right arm chopped off( in unconvincing low budget fashion) and upon running away, comes across a one time lonely orphan who nurses him back with a brand new transformation!
Manage to get this "Dragon Dynasty" copy used and was very dissappointed to see that Cantonese was not one of the options of languages spoken since it was originally released in Cantonese and it was not until the return of Hong Kong back to China that most period films were redubbed again to Mandarin, so instead of listening it redubbed to MandarinI thought it'd be better watching it on dubbed! In terms of the action, one should be able to tell which were the real swords and which're the fake ones since on some scenes some have a mirror reflection and they're others that don't have that at all and very mediocre in terms of the action in comparison to Hong Kong films started in the late 70's! The story seems to be original which is preventing this low budget material from getting a negative rating which encouraged studios to spawn sequels and copycats!
This film deserves a pass for it's originality and not for the martial art scenes at all!
2.5 out of 4
On the minus side: the production values, including the sets, costumes, and colouring, all seem vastly dated, and its influential status means that the plot and characters are familiar to the point of being cliched.
For fans of the genre it's a must-see. For everyone else it's a fun but ultimately shallow curiosity.