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

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Fang Kang / One-armed Swordsman
Chiao Chiao ...
Chung-Hsin Huang ...
Yin Tze Pan ...
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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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An anti-martial arts, martial arts movie
13 June 2003 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

It should be noted that this is a rather anti-martial arts, martial arts movie. There are at least three speeches amounting to "those who live by the sword, not only die by it, but also bring death, suffering and sorrow to those they love most".

Also, future director Lau Kar-leung has a supporting role as one of Long-Armed Devil's two ruthless henchmen.


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