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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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Referenced in DragonBlade (2005)See more »

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7 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
ONE-ARMED SWORDSMAN - the seminal HK martial arts film, 14 October 2001
Author: Brian Camp from Bronx, NY

THE ONE-ARMED SWORDSMAN (1967) is often cited as Hong Kong's first real martial arts film, i.e. with emphasis on martial techniques, styles and training rather than on clan politics, corrupt officials, and court intrigue. Star Jimmy Wang Yu is much more intense here than in most of his previous starring roles (e.g. TWIN SWORDS and TRAIL OF THE BROKEN BLADE) and his fighting is much more ferocious. Overall, this is a bleak, somber film, with occasional tearjerking and melodramatic moments. The darkly handsome Wang Yu brings the right tone of brooding and melancholy and makes the climactic moments of violent outburst quite satisfying.

Wang Yu plays Fang Kang, a martial arts student whose right arm is chopped off in a sudden confrontation with his master's impetuous daughter and then must learn how to fight with his left. He runs off and finds a simple farm girl, Hsiao Man (Chiao Chiao), to take him in and care for him. She has a half-burned old swordfighting manual which she gives to Fang to teach himself left-hand sword techniques. Her father had died after a sword fight (over the book) and her mother had started to burn it. Her mother had warned her to never fall for a sword fighter and she urges Fang never to fight. However, after he is humiliated by some martial arts students when they try to flirt with Hsiao Man, Fang resolves to fight again.

Fang is forced into action when his former master, Teacher Chi, and his students are attacked by Long-Armed Devil who has called on evil swordsmen, including Smiling Face and his two loutish students, to raid Teacher Chi's school during Chi's retirement party. Long Arm gets things rolling by sending his two henchmen to kill any students they can waylay. The henchmen have a sword-lock on their swords with which they can trap the opponents' swords and slay the opponent with a right hand dagger to the belly. Ultimately, only Wang Yu's short, broken sword is capable of counteracting the sword-lock.

Wang Yu returned to the role of Fang in THE RETURN OF THE ONE-ARMED SWORDSMAN (1968), which is even more focused on swordfights and bloodshed (and is also reviewed on this site). He later left Shaw Bros. to star in ONE-ARMED BOXER (1971), which, along with his last Shaw Bros. film, THE CHINESE BOXER (1970), was a seminal film in the budding kung fu genre.

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