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The Kid with the Golden Arm (1979)

Jin bei tong (original title)
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 ...
Meng Lo ...
Boss 'Golden Arms' (as Mang Lo)
Feng Lu ...
Silver Spear
Sheng Chiang ...
Short Axe Fang Shih
Helen Poon ...
Leng Feng
Phillip Chung-Fung Kwok ...
Agent Hai Tao (as Kuo Chui)
Pai Wei ...
Dick Wei ...
Sand Palm Fighter
Lung Wei Wang ...
Iron Robe
Hsiung Yang ...
Brass Head
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Tai-Ping Yu ...
Wang Sheng Tien
Hsin Hsiang Sun ...
Wang Sheng Yu
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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Be Good or Be Dead!

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2 November 1979 (Hong Kong)  »

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The Kid with the Golden Arm  »

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Goofs

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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Yin Chu: Golden Arm is as good as they say. With just his bare arms, he beat all of us. And if he had weapons...
Iron Feet Yang Hu Yun: Golden Arm never uses weapons. He claims he doesn't need them, and that using his bare arms is best. And, he's probably right.
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My Favorite Kung Fu Movie
29 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie on "Kung Fu Theatre" when i was an early teen and just fell in love with this action/adventure! I found a copy on VHS a few years back and have damn near worn out the tape playing it... Anyone who has been over for an extended time has been shown this and for the most part the reaction is solid: This is a great film.

One of the shortcomings is also what makes it so powerful: It's a comic book style with a very simple storyline... on the surface. With characters like Brass Head (who gets killed off way to early!), Silver Spear, Iron Robe and the title character, there are very visual and easily digestible stereotypes to hook the young viewer. But on a more subtle lever there are sub- plots galore and of course lots of twists and intrigue woven into this chop-opera...

Compared to "Five Deadly Venoms", which on some levels is a more richer and stronger storyline, "Kid With The Golden Arm" is less dark and brooding. All of the actors seem to play similar characters in both but this one there is a charm to the ones here that still resonate with me to this day...

I totally recommend this if you like fantastical kung fu, especially in light of movies like "Crouching Tiger..." or "Shaolin Soccer..."


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