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The Kid with the Golden Arm (1979)

Jin bi 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.

Director:

Cheh Chang

Writers:

Cheh Chang, Kuang Ni
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Chien Sun ... Iron Feet Yang Hu Yun
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 Pai Wei ... Swordsman Li Chin-Ming
Dick Wei ... Sand Palm Fighter
Lung Wei Wang ... Iron Robe
Hsiung Yang Hsiung Yang ... Brass Head
Shu-Pei Sun ... Long Axe Yen Chiu
Tai-Ping Yu Tai-Ping Yu ... Wang Sheng Tien
Hsin Hsiang Sun Hsin Hsiang Sun ... Wang Sheng Yu
Jamie Luk ... Chi Sha Fighter (as Chien-Ming Lu)
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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Trivia

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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 »

Quotes

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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Alternate Versions

11 minutes of footage was removed for the international version. Some scenes were even re-ordered to make this cut. The recent remastered version is based on the uncut Hong Kong print. See more »

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Engaging performances and strong, frequent fight sequences
1 January 2014 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

I recently watched The Five Deadly Venoms and, not knowing much about this genre, did not realize that the general group of actors from that film stayed as a group for other projects; so it was merely by chance that I watched The Kid with the Golden Arms and found that many of them were here again. As with Wu Du, the plot here sets up a series of strong characters and then sees them battle each other; in this case the plot device is a transportation of gold with a collection of people responsible for it while the Che Sa gang are out to get it. Those responsible include Hero Li and Miss Leng who are both skilled with the sword, two skilled axe-men and one drunken sheriff called Hai Tao. On the other side is a collection of chiefs including Silver Spear, Brass Head and of course old Golden Arms himself.

In terms of characterization and narrative, it is as simple as a series of confrontations but it still works very well as a plot because this is what the viewer is after and this is what is delivered. What plot there is does move along pretty well and keeps the characters busy, but it is the action and the characters that sell it. In terms of the use of the same actors I saw before, it is easy to see why this group are popular because they are very effective and engaging both in the action and in their performances. Meng Lo is imposing as the title character even if he seems very similar to his Toad. Kwok is a lot of fun with his character and also has a great closing line. Pai Wei and Helen Poon are a bit too po-faced for the rest of the film and their bits feel a little less fun as a result. Sheng Chiang, Feng Lu, Chien Sun and others are equally more in keeping with the action and fun and their deliveries are good. The fight sequences make the most of their skills too and there are many impressive combat sequences with great moves – the camera as ever sits back and we get good steady shots which show off the actor's skills (as opposed to frantic edits like you get in some Hollywood films, which are to hide the lack of skills!). The action is frantic and fun.

The Kid With the Golden Arms is not quite as good as Wu Du but it is still very enjoyable with lots of good performances from a strong cast and lots of engaging and well executed action sequences. I look forward to seeing the group in action again.


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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

2 November 1979 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Hong Kong, China

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Mono

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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