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this is a solid early kung fu movie. one drawback to the movie is that its 3 HOURS LONG! way too long. also, its an inspirational film for one armed people everywhere. You can do it!
Could've cut 20 minutes easily. Get it? Cut? Nevermind.
Mostly timeless, although a few scenes do look too much like a sound stage by today's standards. It's a worthy story with a righteous message.
You'll rewind the fight scenes to figure out "how did he do that?" But it's the character that will keep you riveted. Jimmy Wang Yu presents a nuanced performance as a young man who shoulders the burden of loss, the hopes of his mentor, and the jealousy of the ranking students. Torn between his peaceable wife and his conscience, he treads a fine line in order to repay the kindness of his mentor without losing the inner peace he's gained. By the end, he leaves everyone who's harmed him deeply in his debt. It satisfies to see him defy the kung-fu cliches.
Classic Shaw Brothers wuxia melodrama in Shawscope widescreen from 1967. Perhaps I'm being a tiny bit generous in my rating because this is no patch on King Hu's films from the same time period (A Touch of Zen, Come Drink with Me). However, I was still drawn in by Jimmy Wang Yu's portrayal of the young man adopted by the master of a famous sword-fighting school who accidentally has his arm sliced off by the master's daughter. Of course, he trains himself back up to fighting strength and bests the bad guys with just his left arm. The expected romance with the arm-slicing daughter does not come off, however. With the flavour and feel of those 1950s widescreen westerns and some beautiful color cinematography (especially that fake RED blood) and fantastic Shaw Brothers sets and costumes, this is a winner.
A good bloody getaway from the cliche of the Chinese kung-fu films. A great anti-hero, with only one-arm and fighting off with a broken sword, yet the story is a drag and the fighting sequences are too slow.
A beautifully shot kung fu epic
One-Armed Swordsman feels hugely dated in its acting, writing, and story with much of it bordering on silly and melodramatic. The fight scenes aren't bad, but they aren't particularly spectacular or impressive. Without any sort of style or flair, they feel boring and mediocre. At least Fang Gang is one badass character. Unfortunately the film is too muddled from all its dated qualities to enjoy. It feels like a chore to sit through.
Improved by a good sense of responsibility vs. revenge, even as it never goes anywhere you don't expect.
The One-Armed Swordsman would cement Chang Cheh as director and Jimmy Wang Yu as the famous one armed fighter. At a lengthy 2 hours, it takes a long time for bullied student Fang Gang to recover from getting his arm cut off by his master's bratty daughter. After learning a new kind of martial arts and falling for a country girl, Fang Gang discovers a sinister plot to kill his master and must return to the world of violence. The movie's direction is a bit unsure, with that hovering camera technique. Chang Cheh would still be getting his director bearings at this point, but the movie is decent. Its more influential and iconic than it is actually good. I would consider it an entertaining watch, but not a total classic of the genre.