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- The One-Armed Swordsman
- 115 min.
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The One-Armed Swordsman, the old Shaw Brothers production that many credit with the martial arts boom in Hong Kong and eventually, the world. It's a quieter piece than I expected, as much an introspective romance as a swordplay picture. Some of the action is sluggish when compared to more recent films, but it's still a strong story.
Please note that the packaging for The One-Armed Swordsman DVD incorrectly lists a commentary by Quentin Tarantino. Mr. Tarantino provided commentary for the recently released King Boxer DVD, but, due to other commitments, was unable to participate in the commentary for The One-Armed Swordsman. We apologize for this packaging error.
Considering that packaging error is what got me to buy the movie in the first place, I was pretty bummed to find out about it. The movie itself is pretty enjoyable. I was just looking forward to Tarantino's infectious ravings that would have made it much more so. But this was a blind buy from the bargain bin, so I can't complain too much. Lesson learned.
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This movie ranks #15 in HKFA's The Best 100 Chinese Motion Pictures
This movie ranks #17 in Wei Jun Zi's 100 Classic Martial Arts Films
This movie ranks #76 in Golden Horse's 100 Greatest Chinese-Language Films
This movie ranks #153 in LoveHKFilm.com's The Best Hong Kong Films Ever