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One Arm Swordsman
     

One Arm Swordsman

Director: Chang Cheh, Jimmy Wang Yu, Pan Yin Tze, Chiao Chiao

Cast: Chang Cheh, Jimmy Wang Yu, Pan Yin Tze, Chiao Chiao

 

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This breathtaking swordplay and kung-fu epic is notable for more than one reason. First off, it was one of the first big hits for director Chang Cheh and set the tone for the many kung-fu hits he would later direct. One Armed Swordsman remains a stunningly well-crafted piece of work thanks to his inspired direction: Cheh keeps the complexly plotted tale moving

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This breathtaking swordplay and kung-fu epic is notable for more than one reason. First off, it was one of the first big hits for director Chang Cheh and set the tone for the many kung-fu hits he would later direct. One Armed Swordsman remains a stunningly well-crafted piece of work thanks to his inspired direction: Cheh keeps the complexly plotted tale moving forward at a skillfully modulated pace, and in the process, delivers a collection of stunning action scenes that grow ever more complex in choreography and length. One Armed Swordsman is also notable for kick-starting the career of star Jimmy Wang Yu. As the film's resourceful hero, Wang Yu exhibits the right combination of acting chops and machismo to create a protagonist who is just as compelling in the dramatic scenes as he is in the action sequences. The combination of a director and a star both delivering top-flight work helps make One Armed Swordsman a classic of its genre: its stylized look gives it the the feel of an adult fairy tale brought to life, Wang Yu's performance keeps the viewer emotionally invested in the film's unusual plot, and the sharply choreographed swordplay and martial arts scenes remain as exciting as ever. In short, One Armed Swordsman is well worth a look for anyone interested in classic kung-fu cinema and a must for students of the form. ~ Donald Guarisco

Product Details

Release Date:
06/19/2007
UPC:
0796019799645
Original Release:
1967
Rating:
R
Source:
Dragon Dynasty
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:57:00
Sales rank:
14,026

Special Features

Feature commentary by filmmaker Quentin Tarantino and film scholars David Chute and Andy Klein; Interview with Star Jimmy Wang Yu; Interview with film scholars David Chute and Andy Klein; The Master: Chang Cheh; Stills gallery; Trailer gallery; Commentator biographies

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- One Armed Swordsman
1. Assassins Attack [6:23]
2. School Bullies [6:32]
3. The Master's Legacy [2:58]
4. Time to Go [2:31]
5. A Fateful Meeting [4:21]
6. What Have You Done? [5:20]
7. A Safe Haven [4:23]
8. Rocky Road to Recovery [6:45]
9. The One-Armed Manual [4:17]
10. The Swordlock [6:47]
11. Read for Action [4:40]
12. The Temple Fair [7:50]
13. A Treacherous Trap [3:37]
14. A Daring Rescue [5:41]
15. A Promise Made [4:33]
16. Protecting the Master [4:57]
17. Warn the Master! [7:20]
18. The Tea House Fight [6:05]
19. Assault on the School [6:33]
20. Long-Armed Devil [4:49]
21. The Final Test [9:23]

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