The New One-Armed Swordsman | Chicago Reader

The New One-Armed Swordsman

Shaw Brothers Ltd. is the studio that defined Hong Kong action cinema, and this gory 1971 epic, showing in a handsome new print, is one of the benchmarks. The studio had enjoyed great success in the 60s with wuxia—martial arts adventures based on ancient folktales—especially King Hu's brilliant Come Drink With Me. Following Hu's departure from the studio, Zhang Che became one of its star directors, and his masterful The New One-Armed Swordsman helped pioneer a new genre—kung fu—by combining a traditional revenge tale with unbelievable athleticism, kinetic bloodletting, and intense, homoerotic bonding. The charismatic David Chiang and Ti Lung star. In Mandarin with subtitles. 94 min.

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