The Kid with the Golden Arm (1979)

The Kid with the Golden Arm is another fun Shaw Brothers adventure.  It’s not great cinema, the acting isn’t oscar material and the costumes are very ostentatious in that 70’s kind of way.  The movie stars the phenomenal Venom Mob; Sun Chien, Lo Mang, Kuo Chui, Lu Feng, Chiang Sheng,  and Wei Pai. Also starring what has been referred to second tier Venoms; Sun Shu-Pei, Pan Ping-Chang, and Wang Lung Wei. Second tier venoms are supporting actors that have appeared in many of the Venom Mob movies.

Lo Mang as Golden Arms

Lo Mang as Golden Arms

The story is about an Escort company hired by the government to escort some gold to a region undergoing famine.  The escort company is owned by Yang and accompanied by his men and friends Li Chin Ming and Miss Yeng, the Brother Duo Short and Long Axe and the government inspector and drunken boxer Hai To.  Together they must protect the gold shipment from the vicious Chi Sah gang consisting of Golden Arm, Silver Spear, Iron Robe, and Brass Head.

Lu Feng as Silver Spear

Lu Feng as Silver Spear

This is a fun action film with a basic plot and average acting.  If your a fan of the Five Deadly Venoms cast then you should enjoy The Kid with the Golden Arm.

Sun Chien (Five Deadly Venoms, Ten Tigers of KwangtungThe Brave Archer 2 & 3)  as Yang/Iron Feet

Lo Mang (Five Deadly Venoms, Crippled Avengers, The Brave Archer 1-3, IP Man 3, The Grandmaster) as Golden Arms

Kuo Chui (Master of the Flying Guillotine, Return of the 5 Deadly Venoms, Masked Avengers,  Sword Stained with Royal Blood) as Hai To

Lu Feng (Five Deadly Venoms, The Brave Archer 1-3, 5 Venoms Vs. Wu Tang, Masked Avengers)  as Silver Spear.  Lu Feng was also the Action Choreographer for this movie.

Chiang Sheng (The Shaolin Avengers, Shaolin TempleThe Brave Archer 1-3, The Legend of the Condor Heroes 1988)  as Short Axe

Sun Shu-Pei (New Shaolin Boxers, Magnificent WanderersThe Brave Archer 1-2) as Long Axe

Wei Pai (The Flying GuillotineThe Magnificent Butcher, The Prodigal Son) as Li Chin Ming

Pan Pin-Chang (Heaven Sword And Dragon Sabre Part I & II, Dirty Ho, Return Of The Sentimental Swordsman) as Miss Leng

Wang Lung Wei (Master of the Flying Guillotine, Five Deadly Venoms, Return to the 36th Chamber, Eight Diagram Pole Fighter)  as Iron Robe

from left to right, Chiang Sheng as Short Axe, and Sun Shu-Pei as Long Axe

from left to right, Chiang Sheng as Short Axe, and
Sun Shu-Pei as Long Axe

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from left to right Pan Pin-Chang as Miss Leng, and Wang Lung Wei as Iron Robe

from left to right Pan Pin-Chang as Miss Leng, and Wang Lung Wei as Iron Robe

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