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The Kid with the Golden Arm (1979)

Jin bi tong (original title)
Director Chang Cheh reunites the Five Venoms in his second biggest cult hit in the West. It's Lo Meng's most memorable performances whose showdown with fellow Venom Kuo Chue is artistically violent while being graphically artsy.

Director:

Cheh Chang

Writers:

Cheh Chang, Kuang Ni
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chien Sun ... Iron Feet Yang Hu Yun
Meng Lo ... Boss 'Golden Arms' (as Mang Lo)
Feng Lu ... Silver Spear
Sheng Chiang ... Short Axe Fang Shih
Helen Poon ... Leng Feng
Phillip Chung-Fung Kwok ... Agent Hai Tao (as Kuo Chui)
Pai Wei Pai Wei ... Swordsman Li Chin-Ming
Dick Wei ... Sand Palm Fighter
Lung Wei Wang ... Iron Robe
Hsiung Yang Hsiung Yang ... Brass Head
Shu-Pei Sun ... Long Axe Yen Chiu
Tai-Ping Yu Tai-Ping Yu ... Wang Sheng Tien
Hsin Hsiang Sun Hsin Hsiang Sun ... Wang Sheng Yu
Jamie Luk ... Chi Sha Fighter (as Chien-Ming Lu)
Hang-Sheng Wu
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Storyline

Director Chang Cheh reunites the Five Venoms in his second biggest cult hit in the West. It's Lo Meng's most memorable performances whose showdown with fellow Venom Kuo Chue is artistically violent while being graphically artsy.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Be Good or Be Dead!

Genres:

Action | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Mandarin

Release Date:

2 November 1979 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

The Kid with the Golden Arm See more »

Filming Locations:

Hong Kong, China

Company Credits

Production Co:

Shaw Brothers See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Goofs

When Iron Robe signals his distress flare (just before his fight with Hai Toh), fishing line can clearly be seen suspending the lit flare in mid-air. See more »

Quotes

Swordsman Li Chin-Ming: [challenging Golden Arm] Get your weapon!
Golden Arm: I already have mine. That's my arms. Your sword's good, I'll admit. Still, if you should lose it... you're finished. But my arms, they always stay with me.
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Alternate Versions

11 minutes of footage was removed for the international version. Some scenes were even re-ordered to make this cut. The recent remastered version is based on the uncut Hong Kong print. See more »

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Give Me the Venoms!
18 November 2016 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

Director Chang Cheh reunites the Five Venoms in his second biggest cult hit in the West. It is Lo Meng's most memorable performances whose showdown (as Golden Arm) with fellow Venomand drunken master Kuo Chui is artistically violent while being graphically artsy.

Paste Magazine included "Kid with the Golden Arm" at 20 in their list of the 100 best martial arts films. In their review, they wrote, "Honestly, Kid With the Golden Arm isn't particularly complex or even all that original, but it's pure, unadulterated old-school kung fu fun." Stan Hall of called it a "surreal, action-packed period piece" with impressive fights, highlighting Silver Spear's final battle.

Despite the same shallow sets of all Chang Cheh movies, it really does come down to the fight scenes, doesn't it? Of course. The sets can be awful and the plot can be weak, and as long as we get some good flips and slaps, we're happy. This is definitely a solid addition to that. It is not by any means as good as "Five Deadly Venoms", but still a solid second-tier movie.


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