One Armed Swordsman (1967)
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Chang Cheh's film is a fun, albeit cheesy Hong Kong Cinema smash hit. it essentially invented the "handicapped martial artist" subgenre, and one takes delight in the situation in which our hero loses his arm, and a fight scene in an inn. One of the better Hong Kong films I've seen.
What am I going to do without my right arm? Fang Kang is a prized student at the Chi School of the golden sword. He is known as a servant to most of the students, but to the master of the school, Fang is known as a possible successor to his position. Fang eventually gets sick of the ridicule from the students at the school and leaves one evening. When three of the upper class students discover he is leaving, they try to stop him. Initially, Fang easily dispatches them, but when he checks to see if they are okay, they throw a cheap-shot that cuts his arm off. Fang, after meeting a beautiful farm girl, learns to fight with one arm. When he hears that his former school is under attack by a rival school, Fang comes to their rescue. “Reprisal only breeds reprisal.” Cheh Chang, director of Brave Archer 1 through 4, The Flag of Iron, Killer Army, Ten Tigers of Kwantung, Kung Fu Daredevils, Crippled Avengers, and Five Deadly Venoms, delivers The One-Armed Swordsman. The storyline for this picture is fantastic for the martial arts genre. The action choreography is wonderful and the acting was better than anticipated. “For a cripple, you have some nerve…starting quarrels you can’t finish.” The One-Armed Swordsman is a film I have avoided for some time because I have never been a fan of Yu Wang; however, my in-laws are fans of Yu Wang films and had this picture in their DVD collection. I had lukewarm expectations going into this film and came out pleasantly surprised. The story was better than anticipated and the action sequences were awesome. If you are a fan of the martial arts genre, I strongly recommend seeing this film. “I never really liked you.” Grade: A-
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