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Tien Lung, the best fighter at the Ching Te martial arts school, gets into a fight with the Hook Gang, part of a local opium-dealing and prostitution ring run by a man named Chao, and easily defeats them. The beaten Hook gang members return to Chao, who is so infuriated that he goes to the Ching Te dojo and challenges Tien's master, Hang Tui, to a fight. Hang Tui quickly defeats Chao, leaving him even more humiliated. Chao plans his revenge by hiring a group of mercenary martial artists from Shanghai; two karate experts and their teacher, a Judo master, a Taekwondo expert, two Thai boxing fighters, a Yoga expert, and two mystic Tibetan lamas. With this group, Chao easily destroys the Ching Te school and all of their businesses, leaving everyone dead except for Tien Lung who loses his right arm. Tien Lung vows revenge and begins his training to destroy anyone and everyone who stands in his way.
This is my all time favourite Kung-Fu movie. Everything about it is bang on and it hits all the right buttons. Theres no messing around in this film and it doesn't take very long for the first dust up to happen, you know it's about to kick off every time someone walks into a tea house.
The bad guys are proper weaselly but for me it's the fighters that they hire that steal the show. You get an array of different styles and the fights (of which there are many) and are well choreographed and great fun. Also a special mention to the head fighters random pointy long teeth.
This is incredibly well shot and has super well made fight scenes that make it difficult, if impossible, not to love.
i first saw this at the drive-in on a double bill with fists of fury in 6th grade. when i saw it it was under the title the Chinese professionals. i talked my mom into taking me to see it on a school night. i failed to mention that it was rated r. i invited what seemed like half of the boys in my class to go that night. the car was packed with my class mates. half to wynnburg where the drive-in was my cousin tony let it slip these two were rated r...and we almost did not get to go. my mom almost turned the car around. once there we almost did not get to stay. my…
Imposible tomársela en serio. Divertidísima para ver con los colegas.
A kickass Kung Fu classic with some amazing fight choreography, colorful characters (the vampire-like Okinawa Chief was the shit), and a slew of bone-crunching battles that were all fun and simply jawdropping to watch. Recommended highly to fans of hardcore fight scenes or unapologetic Hong Kong cinema in general.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
With a great influence on other films that will come later, One-Armed Boxer starts from a simple and classic story, fights between two clans: the good guys and the very wicked. When good lost, the only survivor will seek revenge. And that's it. Also the dialogues are reduced to a minimum.
The interesting thing about this movie is that it really goes all by the spectacle of the fight. Enter to a large collection of minions each master of a different martial art: From Muay Thai to Judo happening even Yoga. By the way, the look and personality of these thugs deserve almost a spin-off of each.
Also the level of violence is increasing becoming so exaggerated that is funny. Special mention here to One-Armed Boxer and its genesis.
Another interesting detail is the use of some edition sequences using music and frames to advance development.
Oh and fans of Hard Boiled will like the opening sequence.
The cinematography in this movie is first class. It could be argued that a number of elements from this film have greatly influenced various classics.
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The tapes that I can never part with. A mixture of UK pre-certs and other treasured titles of sentimental value.