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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.
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.
- Come Drink with Me
- The Trail of the Broken Blade
- Angel with the Iron Fists
- The One-Armed Swordsman
- Golden Swallow
- Hujan Panas
- Princess Yang Kwei-fei
- Seeding of a Ghost
- Intimate Confessions of a Chinese Courtesan
- 14 Amazons
Attempting to list each and every Shaw Brothers film, including those made by Malay Film Production Company.
- The Story of the Last Chrysanthemums
- Late Spring
- Tokyo Story
- Pather Panchali
- The Burmese Harp
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