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26 July 1967 (Hong Kong) See more »
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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... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Yu Wang ... Fang Kang / One-armed Swordsman
Chiao Chiao ... Hsiao Man
Chung-Hsin Huang ... Wei Hsuan
Yin Tze Pan ... Chi Pei-erh
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Siu-Pang Chan ... Chi student
Pei-Shan Chang ... Sun Hao
Hsiung Chao ... Ah-Hsien
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
Mei Sheng Fan ... Kuo Sheng
Li Jen Ho ... Grandpa Wang
Lin Ye Hsiao ... Chi student
Chin Hsu ... Chi student
Hsia Hsu ... Chi student
Hsing Chun Hsu
Liu Hung ... Chi student
Feng Ku ... Fang Cheng
Hao Li ... Chi student
Chia Yung Liu ... Chi student
Chia-Liang Liu ... Ba Shuang
Kang Liu ... Wu Yuan
Chi Lo ... Chi student
Cliff Lok ... Chi student (as Chin Tung)
Mars ... Festival kid with mask
Bao Tan ... Chi student
Chia Tang ... Ting Peng
Ti Tang ... Smiling Tiger Cheng Tien-shou
Feng Tien ... Chi Ju-feng
Tung Ting ... Chi servant
No Tsai ... Bandit Ma
Choh Lam Tsang ... Waiter
Tsai Pao Tung ... Bandit messenger
Kuang Yu Wang ... Pei Hsun
Shih Chieh Wang ... Cheng disciple
Hsiu Wen ... Hsiao Man's mother
Ching Wong ... Chi student (as Tsing Wang)
Chih-Ching Yang ... Long-Armed Devil
Pai-chen Yang
Shi-Kwan Yen ... Chi student
Lung Yu ... Chi servant
Cheung-Yan Yuen ... Chi student
Woo-ping Yuen ... Chi student

Directed by
Cheh Chang 
 
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Cheh Chang 
Kuang Ni 

Produced by
Runme Shaw .... producer
 
Original Music by
Fu-Ling Wang 
 
Cinematography by
Chen San Yuan 
 
Film Editing by
Hsing-Lung Chiang 
 
Art Direction by
Ching-Shen Chen 
 
Makeup Department
Yuen Fang .... makeup artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Yuan Cheng Huang .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Yung-Hua Wang .... sound recordist
 
Other crew
Chia-Liang Liu .... action director
Chia Tang .... action director
 

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"Du bei dao" - Hong Kong (original title)
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Germany:111 min (restored print)
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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Amazing....simply amazing..., 25 February 2009
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

Wow, if only all Asian martial arts movies were this good, the genre would sure get a lot more respect in the West. All too often, the movies I've found at video stores are the horribly dubbed and occasionally quite stupid martial arts films--you know, the ones where the action is so fake that they films are better for their laugh value than for their excitement! However, there are several amazing films (this one included) who set high standards for the genre, such as many of the films of Sonny Chiba, the Bruce Lee films (few as they are) and the Zatoichi series. Remember folks, not all martial arts films are created equal!!

While I could harp on a few flaws that are noticeable in the film (such as the scene at midnight that goes from day to night like an Ed Wood film), the perfection of most of the film greatly outweighs the few mistakes--plus for the time it was made, it was about as good as you can find. And while I am very, very hesitant to give scores of 10, this one deserves it because it is the epitome of a great Chinese martial arts film.

There are two main reasons to love this film. First, being the premier episode of the One Armed Swordsman series, there is much more to the movie than a "boss battle". Instead, you learn the devious and complicated reason for Fang Gang losing his arm as well as the steps he took to learn to fight left-handed. Second, and probably more importantly, you see the best sword fighting and martial arts action...period. Gone are the obvious misses as they pull their swings, gone is the grunting and silly dialog (provided you watch it with the optional Chinese language and English subtitles) and there is plenty of realistic looking blood--though not so much to make it a disgusting or gratuitous movie.

If you like this film (and only an idiot wouldn't), then try watching the other films in the series. Also try the films of the others I mentioned above. Not every Kung Fu or Karate movie involves (uggh!) martial arts fighting gorillas, men with arms that grow to 12 feet in length and the other silly touches you see in lesser films. Now I still watch and enjoy these other films (when I need a laugh), but they just can't come close to class products like this one.

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