One Armed Boxer

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One Armed Boxer
Traditional Chinese 獨臂拳王
One Armed Boxer
OneArmedBoxer.jpg
Traditional 獨臂拳王
Mandarin Dú bì quánwáng
Directed by Jimmy Wang Yu
Produced by Raymond Chow
Written by Jimmy Wang Yu
Starring Jimmy Wang Yu, Tien Yeh, Tang Hsin, Lung Fei
Music by Wang Fu Ling, Wang Ping
Cinematography Mo Shen Ku
Edited by Chen Hung Min, Chang Yao Chung
Release date(s)
  • 1971 (1971)
Running time 89 minutes
Country Hong Kong
Language Mandarin

One Armed Boxer (獨臂拳王) is a 1971 Hong Kong martial arts film starring Jimmy Wang Yu. It is about a skilled Chinese martial artist who loses an arm and must exact revenge on his rival school.

For the film, Wang Yu, who has both of his arms in real life, had his right arm strapped to his back, and in some shots his other arm can be briefly seen. Released worldwide during 1972, the film came to the United States in late 1973 with a name change: it was released to U.S. theaters as The Chinese Professionals.

Plot[edit]

Tien Lung, the best fighter at the Ching Te martial arts school gets into a fight with the local Hook Gang at a restaurant where Tien Lung and his friends are dining. The Hook Gang are part of a local opium-dealing and prostitution ring run by a man named Chao and are rivals of the Ching Te school. The Ching Te school is the most prominent martial arts academy in town and controls the local clothes-dyeing and brick factories. In a quick battle, Tien and his friends easily defeat the Hook gang both in the restaurant and again later in the valley where they have a battle royale.

The beaten Hook gang members return to Chao and tell him how Tien and the Ching Te school beat them for no reason. More importantly, the Hook gang lies and tells Chao that Tien had disrespected their group. This infuriates Chao enough to go to the Ching Te dojo and challenge Tien's master, Hang Tui, to a fight. Hang Tui quickly defeats Chao, leaving him even more humiliated.

Chao plans his revenge by hiring a group of mercenary martial artists from Shanghai. This group consists of two karate experts and their teacher, a Judo master, a Taekwondo expert, two Thai boxing fighters, a Yoga expert, and two mystic Tibetan lamas (who are later revealed in the sequel to be students of an Imperial Assassin). With this group, Chao easily destroys the Ching Te school and all of their businesses, leaving everyone dead except for Tien Lung who loses his right arm. Tien Lung vows revenge and begins his training to destroy anyone and everyone who stands in his way.

Cast[edit]

  • Yu Wang
  • Yu Tien Lung
  • Yeh Tien
  • Hsin Tang
  • Hsiao Yu
  • Fei Lung

Sequel[edit]

One Armed Boxer was followed by Master of the Flying Guillotine, with Jimmy Wang Yu both directing and reprising his role as the one-armed kung fu master Tien Lung.[1] With his arm strapped behind his back, Wang Yu had earlier portrayed the One-Armed Swordsman in two films for the Shaw Brothers Studio.

References[edit]

The second song on the From First to Last album Dear Diary, My Teen Angst Has a Body Count is titled "One Armed Boxer V.S. The Flying Guillotine."

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Thomas, Kevin (2002-05-24). "A 'Master' of Style in Martial Arts". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2011-05-21. 

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