Having never seen the sequel to The One-Armed Swordsman (1968), I was in for quite a shock. To put it simply, this is one of the best kung fu follow-ups I have ever seen. Knowing that the one-armed character is by this time firmly established (and a box office success), director Chang Cheh opts for full-blown action this time around. It is basically The Road Warrior (1981) to the first film's Mad Max (1979), pumping up the action quotient ten fold and rarely slowing down from beginning to end.
Sword fights come at you every five minutes or so, resulting in some amazingly bloody action. I had no idea that any kung fu film from the 60s was so bloody. This effect is remarkably enhanced by the use of palm squibs to send bloody flying and the heroes all white outfits. Another exciting aspect of the film (which would later become a Wang Yu staple) is the use of unorthodox weapons by the heavies. With eight super villains there is a lot of room for some creativity and Cheh and co. don't fail. My personal favorite is the sinister female demon that pulls any numbers of knives from under her flowing robe.
But it is not to say that the film abandons the dramatic aspects of the story. Cheh spends a decent amount of time focusing on Fang Gang's reflection of his violent ways, both past and present. Fang essentially wants to be left alone with his wife but, to employ an overused quote, every time he thinks he is out, they pull him back in. He is a complex character and it is good to his emotional complications played out on screen, especially after the final battle during a celebration. The relationship between Fang and his wife is also highlighted, with both Wang Yu and Chiao Chiao performing well.
Du bei dao wang
Action / Adventure
Du bei dao wang
Action / Adventure
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One-armed swordsman Fang Kang leads a quiet life as a farmer with wife Hsiao Man. A gang of notorious bandits headed by the "Eight Demon Swordsmen" one day issue a challenge to swordsmen of all schools to a dueling contest at their stronghold. The village folk fear this is a prelude to much bloodshed. Knight Lu Lung and sons Tung and Ta seek Fang's help unsuccessfully. The swordsman also rejects the Demons' invitation. Later, Lu Lung and some fifty swordsmen are killed or captured by the bandits who demand a human arm from each sect as ransom for those taken. Hsiao Man is now abducted. Fang sets out to investigate and rescues her after killing Demon Tung Pei. The couple and the knights head for the robbers' stronghold. En route, Chien Shou is one of the eight Demons, infiltrates their ranks. Several young knights fall victim to her charms before Fang has her killed. In three subsequent duels, Fang dispatches three more Demons. He makes his way to the hideout, sets the prisoners free and finishes off Demons Chuan Lun and Ta Li in the process. The following night, Fang and the returning swordsmen stop at an inn. In gratitude for Fang's services the villagers present him with a gold medal which he refuses to accept. Now Demon Wu Hsiang and the remaining bandits launch a desperate attack on the knights. In an ensuing duel, Fang kills Demon Wu Hsiang. The one-armed swordsman and Hsiao Man set off to resume their peaceful way of living.
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April 16, 2022 at 05:28 AM