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The One-Armed Swordsman (1967)
"Du bei dao" (original title)

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An evil gang attacks the Chi school of Golden Sword Kung Fu. One student sacrifices his life to save his teacher and his school, his dying wish is that his son be taken in as a student. ... See full summary »

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Fang Kang / One-armed Swordsman
Chiao Chiao ...
Chung-Hsin Huang ...
Yin Tze Pan ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Siu-Pang Chan ...
Chi student
Pei-Shan Chang ...
Hsiung Chao ...
Chuan Chen ...
Chi student
Yanyan Chen ...
Madam Chi (as Yen-yen Chen)
Lei Cheng ...
Teng Chung
Lung Chiang ...
Chi student
Yuan Chieh ...
Lu Chen
Chun Chin ...
Street gambler
Siu Loi Chow ...
Bandit Hsu
Dan Fan ...
Shih Yi-fei
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An evil gang attacks the Chi school of Golden Sword Kung Fu. One student sacrifices his life to save his teacher and his school, his dying wish is that his son be taken in as a student. Young Fang Kang grows up in the school and treasures his father's broken sword and the memory of his father's sacrifice. The other students (including the teacher's daughter) resent him and try to drive him away. The teacher's daughter challenges him to a fight and when he refuses she becomes enraged and recklessly chops off his arm! He retreats, broken and bloody, and is found by a young poor girl living alone who nurses him back to health. Meanwhile, the evil gang who originally attacked the Golden Sword school develops a weapon that renders the Golden Sword useless and starts killing off all of the schools students. Fang Kang eventually recovers with the girl's help but must now face a life with only one arm. Will he be able to recover and live to defend the school as his father did? Written by Fred Cabral <ftcabral@hotmail.com>

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A beautifully shot kung fu epic
24 October 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The One Armed Swordsman is one of the most important kung fu movies ever made. For one thing, it made Cheng Cheh and Jimmy Wang famous. It was also a really early example of the genre.

What i noticed about this film is the focus was less on choreography and more on character development and cinematography. Because of this i think that it is more accessible to the average movie fan.

The story is basic. A martial arts student gets his arm cut off, masters a new style,gets a girl and defends his old master. it is standard but truly shows and develops the main character. This is in my top five kung fu films of all time. A MUST see.


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