First there was Chang Cheh's One-Armed Swordsman starring Wang Yu. Then Wang Yu appearred in a sequel and some other One Armed Boxer films. Later Chang remade the original as The New One-Armed Swordsman starring David Chiang, who was the Shaw Bros. hot young star at the time.
A couple of years later, when the 2 actor's were popular, powerful and wealthy enough to produce their own projects, they teamed up to try and out do Chang, the master director who had made each one a star. Produced by the Wang Chiang Film Company, The One Armed Swordsmen is the saga of two one armed martial artists seeking revenge against yet a third one armed fighter who has besmirched their reputations and murdered mutual friends.
Oddly enough, I found this at my local Blockbuster video store. The dubbing is horrible. English speaking actors saying "Right!" way too many times. It is a panned & scanned version with good picture quality. The plotline is totally confusing and the ending is ridiculous but the fighting scenes are pretty good. The two stars fight against each other. They fight separately and they fight together. They have magical powers and can fly.
As horrible as this VHS version is to watch, the film is good enough
to make one yearn for a widescreen version. I can't help but wonder if
35MM original prints still exist somewhere in Hong Kong, Taiwan or Singapore?
What is the status of film preservation in Asia? Are there storage vaults
or archives? I know Shaw Bros. has a large number of old films, but what
about the many independently made films of the 70's and 80's? If anyone
reading this review can shed some light on the subject, please