The One-Armed Swordsman

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(Action/Comedy) A young woman marries a dying senior member of a martial arts family in order to protect her family’s fortunes, leading to a duel with a greedy relative.Amazon.com
“You made me a cripple, so I’ll make you a cripple, too,” sneers charismatic swordplay superstar Wang Yu, clutching his severed member, in this 1967 classic of manly suffering and bloodshed. Because of its implacable-revenge motif, and its extended training sequences, this is somet… More >>

The One-Armed Swordsman

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  1. OK if you have never seen this movie and are interested in classic kung-fu movies, by all means get this release, the quality is great. My complaint is that the Weinstein company lied about the special features. I already owned a great region 3 copy of this film, and was surprised to see that the new American release had commentary by Quentin Tarantino, which is stated on the package. I know that he is a big Shaw bros fan and was interested in hearing his insight on the film. I could care less about the film scholars opinions as they don’t really state anything a fan wouldn’t already know. Well the DVD does NOT have commentary by him, and my purchase was completely pointless. This review is to mainly to warn others out-there like myself who are huge fans that might also be considering purchasing this version for that reason.
    Rating: 3 / 5

  2. What a film! The One-Armed Swordsman is the story of a humble student who in a terrible “accident” loses his right arm and is then forced to make tough decissions on where his life will go from there. Jimmy Wang Yu is fantastic as our lead and uses incredibly great facial expressions and body language to support the emotional beats thrown his way(best performance of his career in fact). The direction by the legendary Chang Cheh is some of his best as well with quite a few of the most beautifully shot scenes I’ve ever scene in the genre. The incredible thing about that is the film is almost exclusively shot on sets which when teamed with Chehs direction gives the entire film almost a surreal fairy tale quality. Now the effects are a little dodgy at times but when taking into consideration that this was released in 1967 it is easily forgivable (and makes them actually pretty good overall). The choreography and fights also aren’t much to get overly excited about but that’s never really been Wang Yus strongest trait anyways (that’s why fighting with one-arm works well to help discuise his already shaky skills)… this one puts great acting, story, and themes at the forefront making it a classic movie for all viewers rather than just a must-see for genre fans alone. Much like Dragon Dynasty’s other Shaw Bros. release “King Boxer,” the movie is truly a early work of art filled with so many influential elements (it helped create the entire one-armed martial arts sub-genre) that you watch it in awe whether it’s your first or tenth time seeing it.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  3. Wang yu plays a student at a broadsword fencing school,He’s a nice guy until a “small incident” leaves him without his right arm.Then he’s a one armed wrecking machine! Slicing and dicing villans like a ginsu knife through a tomatoe! Putting Zoro,highlander,Conan and all three muskateers in their place . the fights are very fluid, not the usual pose, move, pose, move .The wire jumps are kept few and tastefull. Don’t miss the the sword fight in the bar! It’s the stuff of legend.
    Rating: 4 / 5

  4. This film carries itself well as both a brilliantly coreographed action film with realistic sword combat, and as a story in itself, with a somber and touching theme. A young boy sees his father fatally wounded in combat while defending the master of a school of sword training. The master declares he will take in the young fatherless boy and treat him as his own. The boy keeps the only momento he has of his father, the broken remains of the sword his father used in his final combat. Having grown older and highly skilled in sword combat, the young man now decides to leave to hunt down the man who killed his father. In a tragic accident while confronting some other students of the school as he is leaving, he loses his right arm. It was clearly an accident but a devastating one as he wanders off bleeding profusely in the snow trying to keep himself from bleeding to death. He falls, near death, and a young woman rescues him and nurses him back to health. From that point onward the story becomes one of a man torn between his love for the woman who saved his life, his struggle to re-learn swordsmanship with only his left arm, and his loyalty to the master of the school who is now under attack by an old enemy. There is surprisingly more emotion and drama in this than I expected, an excellent story behind this amazing film is what gives this film weight and substance and value in owning. It is a film I will definitely watch over and over. I highly recommend it. The video was excellent, the sound was excellent, and dubbing was also well done if you prefer audio english soundtrack.

    – Mike S.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  5. The one armed swordsman is a good movie, but didn’t hold up nearly as well as some other shaw brother classics. The action is good, but the story was a little too predictable. Sure the good guy is expected to win, but when the movie has the bad guys noting that there special weapon can only defeated by someone who uses the opposite hand that all the other non-star actors have, you can pretty much tell what’s going to happen. That being said, I liked the ideas of overcoming limitations and succeeding despite a great fall. Overally, it is a very good movie, but was a little disapointing given its legendary status.
    Rating: 3 / 5

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