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Kid with the Golden Arm

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Yang Yu Heng is asked by the government to escort a cargo of gold into a famine area. However, he must contend with the vicious Chi Sah gang who boast the individual talents of leader Golden Arm, plus Silver Spear, Iron Robe, and Brass Head. In order to protect the gold from their attentions, yang hires the services of swordsman Li Chin Ming and his girlfriend Miss Leng, the axe-wielding duo Yen and Feng, and drunk master Hai To. What follows is a battle of wits and strength between the protagonists, with the added dimension that the mysterious Iron Feet is also after the gold for his own purposes. But who is Iron Feet? The answer comes as something of a big surprise!

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Product Details

  • Actors: Feng Lu, Philip Kwok, Lung Wei Wang
  • Directors: Chang Cheh
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English, Mandarin Chinese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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    Not Rated
  • Studio: Tokyo Shock
  • DVD Release Date: June 23, 2010
  • Run Time: 81 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (121 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002OMIKSQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,047 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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I have to say that the Venoms really dominated and made the genre of the "Kung-Fu" films. While I prefer to call them "Martial Arts/Hong Kong Cinema", this is one of the finest and most complete movies of that famous era.
Kuo Chui, Wei Pai, Lo Meng, Lu Feng, The late Chiang Sheng(The Five Deadly Venoms) are all in this movie, and they are joined by many of our favorite supporting cast members from their other films including the great Johnny Wang(still a very tough guy at 50+).
This one has everything you want to see in a movie from this type or genre. It has some of the finest choreographed fighting sequences thanks to its very talented cast members. Phil Kwok(aka Kuo Chui) is now considered one of the greatest action directors in the film business in Hong Kong or Europe, and from me to him, you have a lot of fans in the US including me !
The story has some unexpected twists from the Venoms.
First Off, Ms.Lee, a female guest star, is unusual for Venoms films due to the strong feelings of producer Mona Fong, who felt that strong women characters in ancient China would be unrealistic. She was right, of course, however, modern trends all want to show us women with heroic characteristics and Ms.Lee's character is very likable and important in the movie.
Secondly, we have a likable HERO in Lu Feng, who is cast very surprisingly as the evil leader of the Chee Saw gang. However, for all of his fans, he makes even a bad guy a hero in the end.
Lo Meng reprises his undercover bad guy role as the Silver Spear who tries to turn Kuo Chui(Agent High-Toe) into a bad guy. Lo Meng a true master, not only was he a great fighter, but his characters made you feel he could convince others to follow him through low key, friendly persuasion.
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Don't know why it took so long but it has finally arrived. Classic Shaw Brothers/Venoms from start to finish. In 1978, Chang Cheh did this after "Invincible Shaolin" was complete. It was also the last film Wei Pai did with Chang before leaving for Golden Harvest. Everybody is present including Lo Mang as the "Golden Arm Kid", Lu Feng as Silver Spear, Johnny Wang as Iron Armor & Robert Yang as Copper Head. The story about Hu Wei Security transporting 20,000 taels of gold to a famine area & being intersected by the Deadly Valley (Chi Hsia) borrows a little from the 1969 Shaw film "Have Sword Will Travel" (both movies are directed & co-written by Chang though so it's OK.) Instead of David Chiang we have Kuo Chui doing an amazing job as the "Sheriff of a Thousand Faces" Hai Tao. Awesome characters, great performances, esoteric costumes/weapons & tremendous fu from Robert Tai, Lu Feng & Chiang Sheng. Highlights include, literally, the final half-hour, as well as a great fight between Kuo Chui & Johnny Wang. Tokyo Shock got it right - excellent transfer from the remastered Celestial version, this personal favorite of mine (along with "The 36th Chamber of Shaolin") never looked or sounded better. Uncut, widescreen, in Mandarin with remastered subtitles or a decent English dub & a good photo/still gallery. This is the definitive version of this Chang Cheh classic.
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If you're a fan of old-school kung-fu films like "Five Deadly Venoms" and "Fists of the White Lotus," then you will enjoy this kung fu flick from the Shaw Brothers collection, and starring the very same ensemble of Asian actors who portrayed the Five Venoms. This flick has it all: deadly kung-fu techniques, secret kung-fu clans, exciting kung-fu missions, and lavish and flamboyant costumes. The fighters are incredibly talented and athletic, contributing to some slick, lively, and fast-paced fighting. If you are a fan of kung-fu cinema and you have developed an acquired taste for English dubbing, this one's a sure winner. Highly recommended.
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Here we have an excellent Shaw Brothers offering from Tokyo Shock.

The correct product details for Kid With The Golden Arrm (1979) are as follows:

Video: Kid With The Golden Arm is presented in 2:35 anamorphic widescreen with an excellent remaster job from Celestial that looks great.

Audio: English mono and Mandarin mono. Both audio options are clean and clear sounding.

Subtitles: There are English subtitles that are actual subtitles and not just dub subs (subtitles for the english dubbing track) that I've seen on many other kung fu dvds.

Extras: This one is pretty light on extras...
* A mandarin trailer
* A stills gallery
* Trailers of other Tokyo Shock dvds

If you love movies featuring the Venom Mob or just enjoy old school Shaw Brothers, you can't go wrong with this purchase.
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Outstanding movie ruined by a poor film transfer to DVD.It looked like a second genaration copy of a Vhs videotape.At least it was widescreen(SHAW SCOPE).The extra features included brief biographies of 4 of the Venoms and Chang Cheh.
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This is the other Shaw Bros movie I remember well from my childhood (the other being FIVE DEADLY VENOMS), and it's one of only three that has all the original cast members from that film. In other words, an essential Venoms.

A gold shipment worth millions is due to set out for a famine area as government relief, but cash that tall always attracts trouble. The government contracts the Hu Wei Security Bureau to escort the shipment, and they send the mysterious sheriff Hai Tao to help. Rounding out our group of heroes are the Batman-&-Robin-esque team of Long Axe and Short Axe, and a pair that makes this film something special for Venoms fans: The actor whose absence keeps all but three from being "full" Venoms films is Wei Pak, and he stars in this film as pompous, arrogant, yet ultimately heroic swordsman Li Qing Ming. He's a sterotypical "wandering swordsman in white" with a difference - a swordswoman fiancee who does her best to keep him from being honorable but stupid.

Our heroes are up against the baddest bunch of gangstas there is - the Qi Sha, who are introduced in the opening credits sequence: Golden Arm, Silver Spear, Iron Robe and Copper Head. And about a zillion followers.

The movie itself is a bit of a mess. There's a sloppiness to it, as though production had been very rushed and for most scenes they used the first take that came out halfway decent. Don't be alarmed - it only shows in the first few fights. The sloppiness is confined to the production: The script is TIGHT. Also, by some miracle, the sloppier parts come early on, and the movie tightens up right along with the rising action. Each fight is literally better than the last, and I don't think more than five minutes go by without an action sequence.
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