Sunday, 1 July 2007

The New One-Armed Swordsman (1971)

The New One-Armed Swordsman (1971)Unlike The One-Armed Swordsman (1967), where there's only a singular hero played by Wang Yu, this movie has 2 heroes played by Chang Cheh's 2 new Protégé - David Chiang & Ti Lung. Chang Cheh didn't have the heart to separate them. Seriously, Chang Cheh needs 2 heroes to show the idea of the brotherhood, kindred spirits of the jianghu folks sharing and respecting the code of honour and chivalry, a mutual adulation for each other's wushu skills, etc. You know the drift.

In jianghu, code of honour is more important than an arm + a lifelong career of merry roving swashbuckling with pride (and occasional risks of lives and limbs)). In fact, more than life itsef. So when our hero lost a duel and has to give up the above 2 things, he has to endure a dreary existence of humiliation and frustration outside jianghu.

While watching the movie, I was nagged by the same question: if he's no longer part of jianghu, why does he have to keep up the code? Well, I guess I'm better at playing the villain. Muhahahhhhh! Ok, our One-Armed jianxia (swordsman) did it to torture himself for losing an arm in the duel to the bad man - a wolfe in a sheep's skin.

This is the 1st wuxia film that explores the important relationship of jianghu or wulin brotherhood. You could be sure there would be more to come. Just you wait.

This film is included in my IMDB movie list.

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