Continuously bumping into them is the drunken government agent Hai To Kuo Choi. And with a name like Kid with the Golden Arm it must be good, right? I've also always loved the last moments with Golden Arms. Combined with Chang Cheh's deft direction and a talented group of kungfu actors, you get good entertainment, especially for the Venoms' fans. Five Fingers was great especially because Lo Lieh, who is my favorite old school villain was actually a hero in this one! However, the best character is yet to come. Sheng Chiang, Feng Lu, Chien Sun and others are equally more in keeping with the action and fun and their deliveries are good. The Kid With The Golden Arm is easily the best Kung-Fu movie ever made.
Hai Tao duels with Golden Arm. The sets however are minimal, mostly fake-looking reconstructions of forests and hills. Another villain, Iron Feet, waits in the wings for the opportune moment to strike. Despite the commotion, Hai Tao enters and demands service. On the road they're attacked a few times, though each time Hai To saves the day, appearing literally out of the woodwork. Lee wants very badly to be remembered as a hero and feels he can beat Golden Arms only to fall short. His style incorporates fatal headbutts from his brass helmet.
It has enough of everything which represents the Shaw Studio style that it epitomizes the very best of their output. The climax features an unexpected twist, but I find it hard to buy. All that I have seen are of similar quality to this and deliver. Makes a change from all of those old school kung fu films that require an in-depth knowledge of Chinese political history in order to understand what is going on, I suppose. Other than Kuo Choi's hijinks, the two Axes have a running gag on the number of villains killed.
With characters like Brass Head who gets killed off way to early! Check it out if you like the classics! Every guy has his little specialty: Brass Head head-butts his enemies, Silver Spear pokes people, and Iron Robe always has something to wear right when he gets out of the shower. Watch out for Iron Foot. Subscribe to Shaolin Chamber 36 feed via to receive instant updates. Instead of killing her, he accepts death as a better alternative, and Hai Tao leaves Leng to escort the gold as he gets drunk. Golden Arm promises to live a quiet life of retirement and then things end.
Watch this movie and find out what I am talking about. Short Axe and Long Axe manage to track down one of the baddies and — in a wonderful display of empathy — slash his throat when he protests against torture. Almost a perfect flick, as good as it gets for Kung Fu Movies. He also carries throwing darts. Anyone who has been over for an extended time has been shown this and for the most part the reaction is solid: This is a great film. Those responsible include Hero Li and Miss Leng who are both skilled with the sword, two skilled axe-men and one drunken sheriff called Hai Tao.
But after he announces his plans, well, you'll just have to see for yourself. My only grouse is that the love interest isn't developed more. In fact, I find most of the fight scenes in this movie quite bad. Big spoiler coming up immediately. The movie has no main character but is more or less centered around the main villain Golden Arms played by Meng Lo, Toad in Five Deadly Venoms and his efforts to steal a wagon full of gold. Golden Arm promises Brass Head vengeance before leaving to catch up with his gang members that have stolen the gold. As with Wu Du, the plot here sets up a series of strong characters and then sees them battle each other; in this case the plot device is a transportation of gold with a collection of people responsible for it while the Che Sa gang are out to get it.
The Kid With The Golden Arm is a classic kung fu flick with the Venom mob reunited once again in front of the screen and the legendary Chang Cheh calling the shots behind the camera. Two of Yang's men die as they attempt to steal the gold, making Hai Tao suspicious, as he reasons the Chi Sha gang could not foresee this. Director Chang Cheh reunites the Five Venoms in his second biggest cult hit in the West. Hai To takes a powder before Golden Arm makes an appearance, pleased at the thought of an opportunity to face the legendary Hai To in a fight. But the sum of its parts made it an enjoyable experience, confusion and all.