One Arm Swordsman

Overview

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...
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Overview

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
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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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/19/2007
  • UPC: 796019799645
  • Original Release: 1967
  • Rating:

  • Source: Dragon Dynasty
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Subtitled
  • Time: 1:57:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 26,241

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jimmy Wang Yu
Pan Yin Tze
Chiao Chiao
Liu Chia-Liang
Technical Credits
Chang Cheh Director, Screenwriter
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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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Menu

Disc #1 -- One Armed Swordsman
   Play
   Scenes
   Audio Setup
      Mandarin
      English
   Subtitle Setup
      English
      Spanish
      English for the Hearing Impaired
      None
   Special Features
      Feature Commentary
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         Commentator Bios
            David Chute
            Andy Klein
      The Master: Chang Cheh
      Interview Gallery
         Interview With Star Jimmy Wang Yu
         Interview With Film Critic/Scholars David Chute & Andy Klein
      Trailer Gallery
         One-Armed Swordsman Trailers
            Original Theatrical Trailer
            New Home Video Trailer
         Other Films From These Filmmakers
            The Boxer From Shantung
            The Chinese Boxer
            The Chinese Professionals
            Crippled Avengers
            Duel of the Iron Fist
            The New One-Armed Swordsman
            Return of the One-Armed Swordsman
            Seven Blows of the Dragon
            Street Gangs of Hong Kong
            Vengeance
         Shaw Bros. Films Currently Available
            King Boxer
            The 36th Chamber of Shaolin
            My Young Auntie
            The Shaw Bros. Collection
         Dragon Dynasty Trailers
            Born to Fight
            Infernal Affairs 2
            Seven Swords
      Stills Gallery
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