|One Armed Swordsmen (1976)|
|Director:||David Chiang and Jimmy Wang Yu|
|Starring:||David Chiang, Jimmy Wang Yu, Lo Lieh, and Yi Chang|
This most certainly is an action film, but I must reference the way the movie heavily leans towards scenes of exposition. While the story is hardly anything completely original, there are numerous characters floating around within this story and several of them wear similar clothing and are missing appendages. It is the sort of movie where it actually pays to take notes whilst watching it. Unfortunately, if such a thing is an active requirement for interpreting the story, one must concede that the film is off balance in its narrative functions. Despite this, I have read about even worse edits of this movie. Ones that supposedly become incomprehensible, and apparently only tie together the main fight sequences. The version that I am reviewing, which comes from VideoAsia and it pairs together both One Armed Swordsmen and One Armed Swordsman vs. The 9 Killers, and unfortunately the video quality is pretty awful. This is most unfortunate, because by its looks, this little independent production had a certain majestic feel to it at points. It certainly has the epic quality that one might expect from a film featuring the two “One Armed Swordsmen” from the past.