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壯士斷臂 (1994)
One Arm Hero

Reviewed by: Gaijin84
Date: 02/06/2007
Summary: Disappointing finale...

The final film in the Sam the Iron Bridge trilogy, One Arm Hero sees Sam as the elected governor of Canton. Gun-toting Japanese pirates are overrunning the coastal godowns and Sam must train the navy in kung fu in order to repel them. The local government has started to issue paper notes instead of silver for currency, but there continues to be skepticism by vendors of their worth. After realizing guns have to be used to defend themselves, Sam borrows silver from the treasury in order to pay for the guns. As a result, he is set up by his arch-rival Prince Mu and visiting dignitary Prince Ting. They frame Sam as a thief and send him off to the capital for punishment. Little does Sam know that he'll never reach there in one piece.

Unfortunately, instead of going out with a bang, the trilogy loses steam with this final installment. There is lots of political intrigue, but the potential terrific fights are few and far between. Chiu Cheung-Gwan (Prince Ting) is an absolutely incredible martial artist in real life, but is woefully used in this film. The same could probably said for Yue Hoi (a top-notch Mantis style practitioner) in the second film as well. There is tragedy aplenty and all sorts of double dealings, but the movie seems plodding and building to an anti-climactic peak. Do Siu-Chun (Sam) is an admirable hero, but his exit from the filmscape is a bit of a let down.


Reviewer Score: 6

Reviewed by: j.crawford
Date: 09/22/2005
Summary: .....traditional historical drama......

Third part of a trilogy started with White Lotus Cult and Sam the Iron Bridge, this is a very traditional historical drama which has some very good action in the finale. Problem is that the film is plodding and boring getting there. This movie is most notable for the appearance of Chiu Cheung Gwan as the bad guy. Under utilised here, Chiu was one the best martial artists around at the time. See Sammo Hung's Blade of Fury for a better example of Chiu's skills.

copyright 2003 j.crawford

Reviewer Score: 6

Reviewed by: mehaul
Date: 06/09/2002

The third movie of the White Lotus Cult trilogy. The movies become progressively worse. This movie has the least action and the worst storyline. Stop after the second movie, Sam the Iron Bridge.

Reviewed by: johnlewis
Date: 10/21/2001
Summary: Good action and drama

This film has some very decent fight scenes and drama. While lacking in any humor, and not as great directing as Once Upon a Time in China, I think this is worth watching for yourself to see if it is good. I found it a very enjoyable movie to watch.

Reviewed by: betrunkene Faust
Date: 11/14/2000
Summary: Features Zhao Changjun...

This movie could have been much better if there had been more and longer fights.
Well choreographed actually, some wire work...

It's a pitty that Zhao Changjun (one of the greatest Chinese martial artists ever), who plays the villain, didn't have more opportunities to show his incredible skills in this movie.

I don't really recommend "One Arm Hero", but it's not that bad neither...

Reviewed by: hkcinema
Date: 12/21/1999

The saga continues...Sam the Iron Bridge is elected the Governorof Canton and continues his battle with raiding pirates.

[Reviewed by Tai Seng Catalog]

Reviewed by: hkcinema
Date: 12/08/1999

I hate movies that lead you up to the big fight scene at the end and give you two minutes of totally unoriginal fighting. The fighting through the whole movie looks like it was done by amateurs in slow motion, which is weird because it looks like the same cast that is in White Lotus Cult, which had some good fight scenes in it. Avoid this movie.


[Reviewed by Dale Whitehouse]