Return of the One-Armed Swordsman

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Return of the One-Armed Swordsman
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Traditional 獨臂刀王
Simplified 独臂刀王
Mandarin Dú Bì Dāo Wáng
Directed by Chang Cheh
Produced by Runme Shaw
Written by Chang Cheh
Starring Jimmy Wang
Lisa Chiao Chiao
Music by Wang Fu-ling
Cinematography Kung Mu-to
Edited by Chiang Hsing-lung
Distributed by Shaw Brothers Studio
Release dates
  • 28 February 1969 (1969-02-28)
Country Hong Kong
Language Mandarin

Return of the One-Armed Swordsman, also known as One-Armed Swordsman Return, is a 1969 Hong Kong wuxia film directed by Chang Cheh and produced by the Shaw Brothers Studio. The film is a sequel to the 1967 film One-Armed Swordsman, with Jimmy Wang and Lisa Chiao Chiao reprising their roles.


The eponymous character, played by Jimmy Wang, has hung up his signature broken sword and is living peacefully with his wife. However, a band of tyrannical sword masters take over the country, using their own signature styles and unique weapons to conquer all the sword fighting schools. They capture all the masters and teachers of the schools and deliver an ultimatum: all the students must cut off their sword arms and surrender the severed limbs to the evil warlords, or the students' beloved teachers will all die. The students turn to the legendary One-Armed Swordsman, who is at first reluctant but is convinced when a student actually does sacrificially chop his own arm off when he refuses to help. The One-Armed Swordsman must contend with the unique styles and weapons of the warlords, which is what makes the movie. Winged Blade (or Flying Dragon in another translation dub) and his henchmen are able to jump or glide, a power that One-Arm foils by scattering calthrops where they land. Whirling Blade and his henchmen wield and throw two bladed bucklers, which return to them like Captain America's shield. Thunder Blade's sword both emits a smoke screen and is actually a shotgun. Thousand Blade (or One Thousand Fingers) has long false fingernail blades that she can throw. And Unseen Blade (the Unseen) first appears to have an invisible sword, then suddenly has a sword that can unexpectedly grow longer. In the end the One-Armed Swordsman defeats the warlords and their armies, but by that time all of the sword fighting students who were helping him are dead. He leaves the last evil swords master, Unseen, to be chopped into chutney by the vengeful freed masters and teachers of the schools, and goes back to his wife.


  • Jimmy Wang as Fang Gang, the One-Armed Swordsman
  • Lisa Chiao Chiao as Xiao Man
  • Lin Chia as Hua Niangzi (Thousand Hands King)
  • Chung Wa as Lu Da
  • Cheng Lui as Lu Tong
  • Hoh Ban as Lu Long
  • Tien Feng as Furtive King Ling Xu
  • Ku Feng as Hercules King Jiao Feng
  • Tung Li as Poisonous Dragon King Duan Shu
  • Tong Gai as Spinning Wheels King Song Wen
  • Lau Kar-wing as Hell's Buddha King Shi Fu
  • Lau Kar-leung as Ape's Arms King Yuan Qian
  • Yuen Cheung-yan as Flying Fighter King Deng Fei
  • Ti Lung as Lu Hong
  • Wang Kuang-yu as Lu Chun
  • Wu Ma as White Swordsman Guan Shun
  • Fong Yau as Black Swordsman Guan Heng
  • Cliff Lok as Mu Jun
  • Chan Sing as Shan Xiong
  • Lee Ho as Xu Long
  • Fong Yue as Ding Sheng
  • Yau Ming as Lu Chong / Lei
  • Lau Gong as Yan Yun
  • Yau Lung as Mu Jun
  • Lui Ban as Lu Yuan
  • Nam Wai-lit as King's gate guard
  • Tong Tin-hei as chief
  • Chin Chun as chief killed by Furtive King
  • Yee Kwan as chief
  • Wong Ching-ho as Uncle Mu
  • Hao Li-jen as village representative
  • Luk Chuen as victim of poisonous dragon
  • Cheung Hei as inn servant
  • David Chiang as Yin
  • Tang Tak-cheung
  • Wong Pau-gei
  • Chan Chuen
  • Yen Shi-kwan
  • Wong Mei
  • Yuen Woo-ping
  • Lo Wai
  • Wong Chung
  • Chui Chung-hok
  • Tam Bo
  • Ng Yuen-fan
  • Ho Bo-sing
  • Lee Siu-wa
  • Yeung Jan-sing
  • Fan Dan
  • Fung Hap-so
  • Chan Seng-tong
  • Yuen Shing-chau
  • Chan Keung
  • Hsu Hsia

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