Tuesday, March 8, 2016
ONE ARMED SWORDSMAN VS. NINE KILLERS (1976)
The original ONE ARMED SWORDSMAN came out back in the 60s, starred Jimmy Wang Yu and had a few sequels. This one is not actually a sequel but does star Mr. Wang Yu and he does fight using just one arm throughout most of the movie. Also for a "swordsman" he doesn't use a sword much at all but just fights bare-handed for the most part. To further negate the title I'm pretty sure he kills more than nine killers. There's also a big reveal at the end which negates even more of the title. Accuracy in title for these kinds of films isn't really all that important but what is important is seeing what's going on during the fight scenes. Sadly the version I have of this on DVD from some company called Bonzai Media Corporation is wretchedly cut to shit. There's parts where our hero is fighting some evil villainous fellow and before you can blink his foe magically just disappears with no clue as to what did him in. This is pretty frustrating viewing and while I can't judge the actual movie because of this it definitely left a bad taste in my mouth watching what I assume is some kinda clunkily-edited-for-TV version. On the plus side at least it was widescreen and seemed like it might be a halfway decent chop-sockey flick with some wacky elements thrown into it like a gigantic chessboard with humans used as chess-pieces, a half-woman/half-man(tranny?) person and a swordfighter who uses a sword bigger than himself to battle with. The plot here is pretty much just ol' One Arm going from fight to fight so maybe if someone could edit a story into this along with all the bloody violence I would give this a rewatch.
This subtitled Youtube version is way bloodier than my DVD. Still not much of a plot though: