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The Kid with the Golden Arm (1979)
"Jin bei tong" (original title)

R  |   |  Action, Drama  |  2 November 1979 (Hong Kong)
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Director Chang Cheh reunites the Five Venoms in his second biggest cult hit in the West. It's Lo Meng's most memorable performances whose showdown with fellow Venom Kuo Chue is artistically violent while being graphically artsy.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Chien Sun ...
Iron Feet Yang Hu Yun
Meng Lo ...
Boss 'Golden Arms'
Feng Lu ...
Silver Spear
Sheng Chiang ...
Short Axe Fang Shih
Helen Poon ...
Leng Feng
Philip Kwok ...
Agent Hai Tao (as Kuo Chui)
Pai Wei ...
Swordsman Li Chin-Ming
Dick Wei ...
Sand Palm Fighter
Lung Wei Wang ...
Iron Robe
Hsiung Yang ...
Brass Head
Shu Pei Sun ...
Yin Chu
Tai-Ping Yu
Hsin Hsiang Sun
Jamie Luk ...
Chi Sha Fighter
Hang-Sheng Wu
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Director Chang Cheh reunites the Five Venoms in his second biggest cult hit in the West. It's Lo Meng's most memorable performances whose showdown with fellow Venom Kuo Chue is artistically violent while being graphically artsy.

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When Iron Robe signals his distress flare (just before his fight with Hai Toh), fishing line can clearly be seen suspending the lit flare in mid-air. See more »

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Swordsman Li Chin-Ming: [challenging Golden Arm] Get your weapon!
Golden Arm: I already have mine. That's my arms. Your sword's good, I'll admit. Still, if you should lose it... you're finished. But my arms, they always stay with me.
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a highly nietzschean martial arts flick
20 December 2012 | by See all my reviews

Like the other venoms films, this one's dodgy and maybe a little overpraised, but somehow I can't deny it. It's so humorlessly bloodthirsty it gets hilarious; nothing but reputation, ego, and one-upsmanship the entire movie. Characterization is practically thrown out the window entirely (besides the broadest strokes--the two sadistic, gleeful killers, the headstrong honorable guy, etc.) to allow for the purest expression of these themes. And you know what? You don't really need to be told about the personality of this armored, bearded guy with a steel plate on his head to get what he's about.

You have to remember this stuff is an evolution of Chinese opera. John Woo is sometimes considered Chang Cheh's spiritual successor with his "heroic bloodshed" thing, but in a way, they're total opposites; Woo is all heart & fluid brotherly touchy-feeliness beneath the bloodshed, and Cheh embodies rigid, unfeeling patriarchy.

Like the Venoms' eponymous film, the narrative arc sorta comes off as a soap opera grasping for Shakespearean depth, and you're urged to suss things out as it goes along. You begin distrusting most of the characters to an extent, and it's only after the last splash of blood you really get the full picture, and the film comes together as something more than a jazzed up kill-fest with the vaguest semblance of a plot. So again, Golden Arm is a very flawed film no matter how you look at it, but it's likely to be misunderstood by modern audiences who believe in things like democracy and women's rights.

Anyway, it's a grower. Really. Marinate in its transcendental implications for a while.


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