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Kid with the Golden Arm



Chang Cheh


Chang Cheh, Ni Kuan


Philip Kwok, Lo Meng, Lu Feng, Chiang Sheng

Hong Kong 1979 87 mins OV Mandarin Subtitles : English/Chinese
Genre Martial Arts

Famine has struck ancient China! 200,000 teals of gold are on their way to help a region in desperate need, under the protection of martial artists of the highest calibre. But the merciless Golden Arm, and his three kung-fu buddies Silver Spear, Invincible Iron Robe, and Brass Head, are creating havoc, resulting in a high body count for those risking their life and limb to protect the precious loot. Golden Arm is an evil young martial artist whose body of shiny muscles is impervious to all weapon attacks. However, Hai Tao, a drunken fool with incredible martial arts skills, may have a secret angle, involving booze, that will pinch his Achilles’ heel. The game’s further afoot as, unseen in the shadows, Iron Kick has been getting a kick out of the mayhem and waiting for the golden opportunity to strike, but who is he—or she?

Are you ready to handle another infamous cult classic from the director and main cast of FIVE VENOMS (Fantasia 2004)? Now masterfully scanned frame by frame from the original 35mm negative by the prestigious L’Immagine Ritrovata, the restored KID WITH THE GOLDEN ARM has its world premiere at Fantasia! Imagine Sam Peckinpah meets John Woo but with the pure insanity of incredible, acrobatic kung-fu moves involving biceps, fists, weapons, loads of blood and hints of Chinese opera brilliantly infused. Director Chang Cheh, a pioneer in Hong Kong action cinema, redefined and elevated the wuxia and grindhouse kung-fu genres to new levels of innovation during the Golden Age of the ’60s and ’70s, so get ready to reach for kung-fu nirvana once again! – King-Wei Chu