Import Corner: One Armed Boxer (Eureka Entertainment) Blu-ray Review


One Armed Boxer has long been a much requested title for a blu-ray release and thankfully Eureka has answered this request with a blu-ray that fans will be honored to have in their collections.

Studio: Eureka Entertainment
Release Date: August 2nd, 1972 (theatrical)
                           May 24th, 2021 (blu-ray)
Run Time: 1 hour 33 minutes 15 seconds
Region Code: B (locked)
Picture: 1080p (2.35:1 aspect ratio)
Sound: Mandarin LPCM 2.0
               English LPCM 2.0
Subtitles: English
Slipcover: Yes (limited)
Digital Copy: No
Starring: Jimmy Wang Yu, Yeh Tien, Chao Liu, Hsiao Yu, Fei Lung, Chung-Kuei Chang, Shao-Chun Chang, and Yi-Kuei Chang
Written by Jimmy Wang Yu
Directed by Jimmy Wang Yu
Rating: BBFC:18 (martial arts violence)

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Poster

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What's It About?

Yu Tien Lung, a top martial artist who after incurring the wrath of a local gang leader, is attacked by a team of deadly mercenaries and has his right arm violently severed. Yu Tien soon trains his remaining arm to be stronger than ever, and goes on a rip-roaring rampage of revenge!
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Film Review

This is my first time seeing ONE ARMED BOXER. I have seen the film's sequel, MASTER OF THE FLYING GUILLOTINE, but for some reason, I have just now sat down to watch this. I liked it, but it is a bit lackluster. The fight scenes are really great here with the highlight being the fight between all the different fighters in the middle of the film. Not only is the fight choreography top-notch, but the camera work is too. I liked Jimmy Wang Yu as well, but his fight scenes are not the greatest. He is stiff and kind of clumsy. I really wish that he would have just let someone else be the lead in the film while he focused on directing. Still, the fight scenes are fun and the film moves at a pretty good pace. It's not as good as MASTER OF THE FLYING GUILLOTINE, but it's still pretty good in its own right. 
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Video/Audio

Featuring a "brand new HD restoration from original film elements", ONE ARMED BOXER looks amazing. Eureka has really been killing it the past few years with their martial arts releases and this is another one to add to the list. The picture is clean with no lines, scratches, or any of the other imperfections that us old-school martial arts fans have become accustomed to. Colors are vibrant and skin tones are accurate. Nothing looks washed out and everything seems balanced nicely. 

There are three tracks included here, two Mandarin ones and an English one. All the tracks are nicely done with dialogue sounding great and the film's score, including the theme from SHAFT getting some nice play.
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Extras/Packaging

Audio Commentary with Asian Film Expert Frank Djeng
Alternate English Credits (1m 57s, HD, 2.35:1) From an International Print of the Film
Still Galleries:

    Production Stills (22 images)
    Artwork (10 images)
    Lobby Cards (31 images)

Original Hong Kong Trailer (4m 11s, HD, 2.35:1) Not subtitled in English
The Chinese Professionals Promo (55s, HD, 1.33:1) Original advert for the US release

We have another winning commentary track from Frank Djeng. He covers a ton of topics like why the film was shot in Mandarin, placing the film in the context of when it was made, as well as pointing out the film's many problems. Mr. Djeng is a very personable person who clearly loves the films he does commentary tracks for and I always look forward to his commentary tracks. 

The rest of the special features are interesting if only a one time watch for most. I liked the alternate opening credits and it was really nice to see the trailer for the film's American release. 

ONE ARMED BOXER comes packaged in nice blu-ray packaging. The slipcover features some nice commissioned artwork. The blu-ray case is the type that Criterion and Powerhouse use which I like. It makes the artwork look better. The artwork on the blu-ray is reversible with the commissioned artwork on one side and the film's original theatrical poster on the other side. There is a 20-page booklet featuring a brand new essay from James Oliver, a review of the film from the book The Ultimate Guide to Martial Arts Movies of the 1970's by Dr. Craig D. Reid, and viewing notes. Finally, a folder poster featuring both the commissioned and theatrical artwork. 
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Overall

ONE ARMED BOXER is a fun martial arts flick with some pretty cool fight scenes. The film is considered a classic, but I think that I will have to watch it a few more times before I jump on that bandwagon. The blu-ray from Eureka is just amazing. They have been doing a great job with their martial arts movies and this is no exception. The special features are a little light, but we have another outstanding commentary track from Frank Djeng, so all is right in the world. This is a must own release.
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Extras/Menus

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Film

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Packaging




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