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One-Armed Boxer (1972)

Du bei chuan wang (original title)
R | | Action, Drama | 1973 (USA)
After his schoolmate and master is killed and he loses an arm, student Tien Lung has to learn the art of one-arm boxing.

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Po Wei Hou
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After a fight, the school of master Hang Tui has to face the opium dealer Chao and his thugs. After a first defeat, the treacherous Chao hires a bunch of ruthless mercenaries. Tien Lung, Hang Tui's best student, is the only survivor, but without one of his arm. He has to undergo very painful training to exact revenge on evil Chao and his deadly henchmen. Written by Thomas Bauduret <suspiria@club-internet.fr>

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Make Way For The Chinese Professionals! The Kung Fu Beast! The Karate Killer! The Siamese Devils! The Tibetan Tiger Men! The Bloody Kwon-Do Master! The Judo King! The Invincible Yuga Khan! The Fantastic One-Armed Boxer!

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well, he's got one arm. and he boxes
17 August 2012 | by See all my reviews

So, a lot of people get around to this backwards, after seeing the much more infamous later Wang Yu project and semi-sequel Master of the Flying Guillotine. Like that film, here he's sort of giving Shaw Bros the finger by milking one of their "brand names" (the flying guillotine and the one-armed so-and-so, respectively) with another studio; he's sort of tongue kissing his new girlfriend in front of his ex hoping that she sees.

At first glance it's got all the ridiculousness of its sequel, with a one armed protagonist, rather racist caricatures of Thais, Japanese (one of them literally has fangs), Tibetan lamas who expand like balloons to "power up", and so forth. On the other hand, it's played outrageously straight as a revenge thread (even moreso than Flying Guillotine), which renders the comic excesses all the more absurd. Keep in mind 1971 was the same year as Bruce Lee's first film. This is one of those forgotten prototypes that piles of cheap 70s kung-fu flicks would later emulate, although it in itself is more a less a reworking of the formula set by Five Fingers of Death, The Chinese Boxer, etc... A very entertaining one, though.

Great violence--this does have Wang Yu in it--and it works rather well dramatically. Of particular note is the steaming quarry location at the climax. Stone cold genre classic.


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